Minor League Transactions: April 12-19

This time: April 12-19

Players listed with an asterisk (*) signed minor league contracts, replacing major league pacts with the same organization.

Arizona Diamondbacks
Traded:
OF Chris Rahl to Nationals for future considerations
Recalled: RHP Josh Collmenter, RHP Esmerling Vasquez
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Kam Mickolio
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Chase Anderson
Reinstated from DL: LHP Mike Belfiore, LHP Clay Zavada

Atlanta Braves
Released:
OF Gavin Dickey
Acquired: OF Stefan Gartrell from White Sox for cash considerations
Recalled: RHP Jairo Asencio
Optioned to Triple-A: C J.C. Boscan
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Chad Rodgers
Reinstated from DL: LHP Jose Lugo

The White Sox outrighted Stefan Gartrell off the 40-man roster and immediately traded him to Atlanta. Last season in Triple-A, he launched 16 of his 27 home runs at home in Charlotte, but his long swing and shaky plate discipline led to 152 strikeouts and 41 walks in 534 at-bats.

Known as Luis Valdez when last he pitched for the Braves in ’09, Jairo Asencio spent all of the ’10 season on the restricted list after an identity investigation turned up his new name and age, precluding him from acquiring a work visa.

Baltimore Orioles
Recalled:
RHP Brad Bergesen
Added to 40-man roster: LHP Clay Rapada
Option transferred: RHP Chorye Spoone (Double-A to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Josh Dowdy, 1B Joe Mahoney
Reinstated from DL: RHP Mitch Atkins

Boston Red Sox
Released:
RHP Charlis Burdie
Recalled: LHP Hideki Okajima
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Felix Doubront
Reinstated from DL: RHP Charlis Burdie

Chicago Cubs
Placed on 7-day DL:
LHP Doug Davis, OF Nelson Perez
Reinstated from DL: RHP Ty'Relle Harris, OF Brad Snyder

Chicago White Sox
Signed:
RHP Joe Bisenius
Released: RHP Ricky Marshall, RHP Doug Murray, RHP Pat Schatz, RHP Spencer Shelton, RHP Danny Wiltz, LHP Stephen Huff, OF J.D. Ashbrook, OF A.J. Casario
Traded: OF Stefan Gartrell to Braves for cash considerations
Removed from 40-man: OF Stefan Gartrell (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: OF Michael Restovich
Reinstated from DL: C Adam Ricks

Cincinnati Reds
Placed on restricted list:
RHP Chase Ware
Added to 40-man roster: OF Jeremy Hermida
Placed on 7-day DL: 1B Neftali Soto
Reinstated from DL: RHP Justin Lehr, SS Miguel Rojas

Cleveland Indians
Traded:
RHP Yohan Pino to Blue Jays for cash considerations
Recalled: RHP Jeanmar Gomez
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Frank Herrmann, OF Travis Buck
Placed on 7-day DL: 3B Jeremie Tice

Colorado Rockies
Recalled:
RHP Clayton Mortensen
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Alan Johnson
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Alan Johnson, RHP Greg Reynolds, 3B Ian Stewart
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Albert Campos, RHP Andy Graham, SS Josh Rutledge, OF Eliezer Mesa
Placed on temporarily inactive list: 2B Eric Young Jr.
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Erik Stavert, 2B Eric Young Jr.

Detroit Tigers
Recalled:
RHP Al Alburquerque
Added to 40-man roster: C Omir Santos
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Robbie Weinhardt
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Shawn Teufel, 2B William Bergolla
Reinstated from DL: C Omir Santos, 1B Billy Nowlin
Reinstated from inactive list: C Max St. Pierre, 3B Cesar Nicolas

Florida Marlins
Placed on 7-day DL:
RHP Jeff Allison, RHP Garrett Parcell, LHP Sean West, OF Sergio Pedroza
Reinstated from DL: LHP Graham Taylor
Reinstated from inactive list: LHP Daniel Jennings, OF Isaac Galloway

Houston Astros
Added to 40-man roster:
RHP Jose Valdez
Placed on 7-day DL: 2B Enrique Hernandez
Reinstated from DL: OF Telvin Nash
Reinstated from inactive list: LHP Andy Van Hekken

Kansas City Royals
Signed:
C Josiah Atkins, 1B Steven Caseres
Traded: RHP Victor Marte to Cardinals for future considerations
Recalled: RHP Blake Wood
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Eric Basurto, 1B Juan Graterol, 2B Angel Franco
Reinstated from DL: RHP Harold Mozingo, C Ryan Eigsti, OF Lorenzo Cain

Los Angeles Angels
Signed:
RHP Brian Lawrence
Released: RHP Virgil Vasquez
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Bobby Cassevah
Placed on 7-day DL: C Alberto Rosario, 2B Jon Townsend, 3B Jay Brossman, OF Terrell Alliman
Reinstated from DL: RHP Virgil Vasquez, 3B Michael Wing, SS Jon Karcich, OF Jeremy Cruz

The Angels effectively swapped one veteran, command-oriented righthanded starter for another, signing Brian Lawrence (whom the Giants released at the end of spring training) and releasing Virgil Vasquez.

Los Angeles Dodgers
Signed:
RHP Ryan Acosta
Released: RHP Fredy Quintero
Recalled: RHP Ramon Troncoso, 2B Ivan De Jesus Jr.
Added to 40-man roster: OF Jerry Sands
Optioned to Triple-A: OF Jamie Hoffmann
Placed on 7-day DL: 1B John Lindsey, 2B Casio Grider, SS Juan Castro
Reinstated from DL: C Keyter Collado
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Rubby de la Rosa

Corner outfielder/first baseman Jerry Sands forced his way into the Dodgers' plans by batting 16-for-40 (.400) with five homers, two doubles and a triple (.875 slugging) for Triple-A Albuquerque.

Milwaukee Brewers
Released:
OF John Bivens
Recalled: RHP Mike McClendon
Removed from 40-man: OF Jeremy Reed (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Evan Anundsen, C Patrick Arlis, C Cameron Garfield, C Rafael Neda, 1B Chris Dennis, SS Edwin Maysonet
Reinstated from DL: RHP Corey Frerichs, C Shawn Riggans, OF D'Vontrey Richardson

Minnesota Twins
Recalled:
RHP Eric Hacker, RHP Jim Hoey
Added to 40-man roster: C Steve Holm
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Alex Burnett, RHP Jeff Manship
Reinstated from DL: RHP Anthony Slama, LHP Ryan Mullins

New York Mets
Elected free agency:
RHP Blaine Boyer
Recalled: RHP Dillon Gee, 2B Justin Turner
Added to 40-man roster: LHP Pat Misch
Removed from 40-man: RHP Blaine Boyer (outrighted to Triple-A)
Option transferred: RHP Josh Stinson (Double-A to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Eric Beaulac, C Dusty Ryan, 1B Allan Dykstra, OF Darrell Ceciliani, OF Fernando Martinez, OF Lorenzo Scott
Reinstated from DL: 1B Allan Dykstra

Through 10 games with Triple-A Buffalo, Justin Turner batted .300/.364/.475 (12-for-40), which earned him a shot with the big league club, where starter Brad Emaus got off to a 6-for-37 (.162) start with zero extra-base hits. It may be easy to cast this as a reactionary move by the Mets to a poor start (both by the team and by Emaus), but that overlooks two facts: 1) Emaus and Turner did not enter spring training on equal footing—Turner could be optioned to Triple-A; Emaus could not, and 2) Turner probably is the superior player—he's a better hitter, runner and defender than Emaus, and with similar power.

New York Yankees
Signed:
OF Jason Place
Recalled: RHP Hector Noesi
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Lance Pendleton
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Dellin Betances, RHP Daniel Gil, RHP Mike Gipson, RHP Jairo Heredia, RHP Mark Prior, LHP Manny Banuelos, C Gary Sanchez, 1B Kyle Roller, SS Carmen Angelini, OF Damon Sublett
Reinstated from DL: RHP Ryan Flannery, RHP Josh Schmidt, LHP Manny Banuelos, C Gary Sanchez, OF Damon Sublett

Yankees signed athletic right fielder Jason Place after the Red Sox released their ’06 first-rounder at end of spring training.

Oakland Athletics
Released:
RHP Chris Skaalen
Traded: RHP Danny Farquhar to Blue Jays for LHP David Purcey
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Andrew Carignan, RHP Scott Hodsdon, RHP Jonathan Joseph, RHP Josh Lansford, RHP Nathan Long, RHP James Simmons, RHP Justin Souza, 3B Wes Timmons
Reinstated from DL: RHP Andrew Carignan, RHP Scott Hodsdon, RHP Jonathan Joseph, RHP James Simmons, RHP Justin Souza, LHP Lance Sewell

The Athletics' acquisition of David Purcey, designated for assignment by Toronto, gives the club five lefthanders in the bullpen. Purcey doesn't throw enough strikes with his mid-90s heat and hard breaking ball to start, but he's (usually) good enough in short stints to hold down a job. Out of options, he has to stick in Oakland or clear waivers before he can be farmed out.

Philadelphia Phillies
Signed:
RHP Adrian Alaniz
Recalled: LHP Mike Zagurski
Placed on 7-day DL: C Torre Langley, OF Chris Frey
Reinstated from DL: C John Suomi

Pittsburgh Pirates
Signed:
RHP Blaine Boyer, RHP Brett Sinkbeil
Added to 40-man roster: LHP Joe Beimel
Optioned to Triple-A: C Jason Jaramillo
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Duke Welker

Veteran righties Blaine Boyer and Brett Sinkbeil could provide bullpen depth in case of trades or injuries to the big league bullpen. Boyer elected free agency after being outrighted off the Mets' 40-man roster, while Marlins' ’06 first-rounder Sinkbeil mixed swing-and-miss stuff with poor control in equal measures for Triple-A New Orleans last season. Florida released him in late March.

St. Louis Cardinals
Signed:
2B Eric Duncan
Released: RHP Jared Bradford
Acquired: RHP Victor Marte from Royals for future considerations
Recalled: RHP Fernando Salas, RHP Eduardo Sanchez, 1B Mark Hamilton
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Ramon Delgado, RHP Adam Reifer, C Steven Hill, OF Jarred Bogany, OF Andrew Brown, OF Shane Robinson
Reinstated from DL: RHP Jared Bradford, RHP Pete Parise, LHP Daniel Calhoun, LHP Sam Freeman, C Charlie Cutler, 1B Xavier Scruggs, SS Freddie Bynum, OF Jim Rapoport, OF Ryde Rodriguez

San Diego Padres
Placed on 7-day DL:
RHP Josh Geer, OF Donavan Tate, OF Everett Williams
Reinstated from DL: RHP Jon Leicester, C Eddy Rodriguez, OF Wande Olabisi

Teammates with low Class A Fort Wayne, Donavan Tate and Everett Williams, both natural center fielders, collided in the outfield, potentially knocking Tate out for an extended spell with a hyperextended knee.

San Francisco Giants
Recalled:
OF Darren Ford
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Ryan Vogelsong
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Chris Gloor
Reinstated from DL: OF Thomas Neal
Placed on temporarily inactive list: 1B Luke Anders
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Seth Rosin, 1B Luke Anders, OF Myles Schroder

Seattle Mariners
Signed:
RHP Steve Delabar (Brockton (Can-Am) in ’09), C Angel Salome
Released: 1B Yu-Bing Jia
Recalled: OF Carlos Peguero
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Steven Hensley, OF Mike Wilson
Reinstated from DL: 1B Eddy Martinez-Esteve
Reinstated from inactive list: 1B Yu-Bing Jia

Brewers correspondent Tom Haudricourt detailed Angel Salome's strange ’10 season (here and here), in which he took an extended leave from the team and asked for a position switch upon his return. In the past, Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik has signed other ex-Brewers players from his days with the organization, such as Tom Wilhelmsen, Brad Nelson, Steve Bray and Callix Crabbe.

Tampa Bay Rays
Released: OF Gabe Cohen
Placed on suspended list: LHP David Newmann
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Chris Bootcheck, RHP Richard de los Santos
Reinstated from DL: 3B Henry Wrigley, SS Hak-Ju Lee, OF John Matulia

Texas Rangers
Recalled:
LHP Michael Kirkman, 1B Chris Davis
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Mark Lowe
Option transferred: RHP Ramon Aguero (Triple-A to Double-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Eric Hurley, RHP Tanner Scheppers, LHP Ben Snyder, 3B Renny Osuna, SS Jurickson Profar
Reinstated from DL: RHP Fabio Castillo, RHP Eric Hurley, RHP Chris Mobley, RHP Tanner Scheppers
Placed on temporarily inactive list: RHP Mark Hamburger
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Mark Hamburger

Power righthander Tanner Scheppers now has as many disabled list stints this season as innings pitched: two. Texas returned him to the DL with lower back pain.

Toronto Blue Jays
Signed:
SS Mike McCoy*
Traded: LHP David Purcey to Athletics for RHP Danny Farquhar
Acquired: RHP Yohan Pino from Indians for cash considerations
Recalled: LHP Luis Perez, SS Mike McCoy
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Jesse Litsch, LHP Brad Mills, SS Mike McCoy
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Randy Boone, SS Niuman Romero, OF Jason Lane
Reinstated from DL: LHP Aaron Loup, OF Daniel Perales

Washington Nationals
Acquired:
OF Chris Rahl from Diamondbacks for future considerations
Recalled: RHP Collin Balester
Placed on 7-day DL: SS Rick Hague
Reinstated from DL: C Derek Norris

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