Minor League Transactions: April 17-23

Here we present official minor league transactions, conveyed to us by Major League Baseball, for the period April 17-23.

Arizona Diamondbacks
Released:
RHP Juan Falcon
Recalled: RHP Jonathan Albaladejo
Added to 40-man roster: SS Cody Ransom, OF A.J. Pollock
Optioned to Triple-A: 3B Josh Bell
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Bryan Henry

The Diamondbacks acquired Josh Bell from the Orioles, sending a player to be named to Baltimore. The 25-year-old third baseman began the season in a 3-for-32 funk with Triple-A Norfolk prior to the trade. (See the Orioles entry for more on Bell.)

Atlanta Braves
Released:
C Ryan Delgado, SS Ozzie Chavez, OF Brahiam Maldonado, OF Elieser Salmeron
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Luis Avilan, OF Chase Larsson, OF David Rohm
Reinstated from DL: SS Ozzie Chavez, OF Todd Cunningham, OF Will Skinner, OF Keenan Wiley

Baltimore Orioles
Released:
RHP Wynn Pelzer, RHP Ross Wolf, LHP Ryan Edell, LHP Chris George, LHP Nick Haughian, C John Hester
Optioned to Triple-A: C Luis Exposito
Placed on 7-day DL: C Wynston Sawyer, 3B Buck Britton
Designated for assignment: 3B Josh Bell
Placed on restricted list: LHP Dontrelle Willis, C Michael Ohlman
Reinstated from DL: LHP Dontrelle Willis, C Kyle Moore

The Orioles made 40-man room for waiver claim Luis Exposito, formerly of the Red Sox, at the expense of third baseman Josh Bell, who figured into the organization's future plans as recently as last year. As Baltimore stockpiled third base-eligibles—first Mark Reynolds, then Chris Davis, then Ryan Flaherty, then Wilson Betemit—Bell's value to the Orioles diminished, and they began toying with the idea of having him play first base and right field. A big yard in Triple-A Norfolk hid some of his value—he hit 23 homers and put up a .216 isolated power in International League road games, compared with 10 homers and .158 ISO at home—but a little positional versatility wouldn't hurt Bell's case.

Catcher Michael Ohlman's slow development hit another bump in the road after he drew a 50-game suspension for a so-called drug of abuse. Dontrelle Willis, meanwhile, alleges that the Orioles placed him on the restricted list rather than grant him his release, an agreement to which he contends both parties agreed. Willis filed a grievance against the club.

Boston Red Sox
Recalled:
RHP Junichi Tazawa, 1B Lars Anderson
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Mark Melancon
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Luis Diaz, RHP Marco Duarte, C Jayson Hernandez, SS Jose Garcia
Reinstated from DL: SS Pedro Ciriaco

Offseason acquisition Mark Melancon allowed home runs to three of six Rangers batters to oppose him on April 17, recording no outs (four hits, two walks, six runs allowed) and earning a ticket to Triple-A Pawtucket the next day. His performance would seemingly have fit in the high-octane period of a decade ago, but apparently his performance was historic. Postscript: Melancon has made three scoreless outings for Pawtucket since the demotion.

Chicago Cubs
Recalled:
RHP Randy Wells, LHP Scott Maine, OF Tony Campana
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Trey McNutt, RHP A.J. Morris, LHP Ryan Rowland-Smith, C Rafael Lopez
Reinstated from DL: RHP Matt Loosen, 2B Edgar Gonzalez

Chicago White Sox
Released:
RHP Phil Negus
Reinstated from DL: RHP Taylor Thompson, RHP Matt Zaleski

Cincinnati Reds
Recalled:
3B Todd Frazier
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Jordan Smith
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Luis Atilano, 3B Sean Buckley
Reinstated from DL: OF Josh Fellhauer, OF Andrew Means
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Daniel Tuttle

Cleveland Indians
Recalled:
LHP Nick Hagadone
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Nick Hagadone, LHP David Huff
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Clayton Cook, RHP Chen Lee, RHP Danny Salazar
Reinstated from DL: C Luke Carlin, 3B Andy LaRoche

Colorado Rockies
Recalled:
RHP Edgmer Escalona
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Tyler Chatwood
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Josh Mueller, LHP Christian Friedrich, C Wilkin Castillo, OF Scott Robinson
Reinstated from DL: RHP Jared Wells, OF Rafael Ortega

Detroit Tigers
Released:
SS Ryan Soares
Acquired: RHP Zach Miner from Royals for cash
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Thad Weber
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Daniel Schlereth
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Zach Samuels, LHP Fu-Te Ni, LHP Jay Voss
Reinstated from inactive list: 2B Marcus Lemon

Houston Astros
Released:
1B Tyler Burnett, OF Collin DeLome
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Paul Clemens, RHP David Martinez
Reinstated from DL: LHP Brad Dydalewicz, OF Brad Snyder

The top pick signed by the Astros in the ’07 draft, fifth-rounder Collin DeLome reached Triple-A Oklahoma City last year and batted .256/.317/.420 in 262 at-bats. With his release, no player from that draft remains in the Houston organization.

Kansas City Royals
Released:
RHP Nicolas Blanco, RHP Eric Cantrell, RHP Jonathan Rodriguez
Traded: RHP Zach Miner to Tigers for cash
Recalled: RHP Jeremy Jeffress
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Andrew Dobies, C Ben Theriot
Reinstated from DL: C Ryan Eigsti

Royals ’10 seventh-rounder Eric Cantrell has run up a 5.43 ERA in his young career, and Kansas City released him following his early showing for low Class A Kane County this season, which included 13 baserunners allowed in 4 1/3 innings.

Los Angeles Angels
Placed on 7-day DL:
RHP Johnny Holtman, C Hank Conger, SS Rolando Gomez
Reinstated from DL: RHP Kevin Nabors

Los Angeles Dodgers
Placed on restricted list:
RHP Angel Guzman
Placed on 7-day DL: C Andrew Edge, OF Matt Angle, OF Leon Landry, OF Kyle Russell
Reinstated from DL: RHP Chris Withrow, OF Anthony Jackson

Minor league free agent import Angel Guzman earned a 50-game suspension for failing two tests for recreational drugs.

Miami Marlins
Placed on restricted list:
1B Jaime Ortiz
Placed on 7-day DL: 2B German Duran, 2B Alfredo Lopez, OF Jake Smolinski
Reinstated from DL: LHP Jose Alvarez, 2B German Duran
Placed on temporarily inactive list: 1B Matt Smith
Reinstated from inactive list: 1B Matt Smith

Jaime Ortiz tested positive for metabolites of Stanozolol, earning him a 50-game suspension.

Milwaukee Brewers
Recalled:
RHP Mike McClendon, RHP Wily Peralta
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Wily Peralta
Option transferred: RHP Mark Rogers (Double-A to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Austin Ross, C Parker Berberet, 1B Brock Kjeldgaard, SS Jeff Bianchi
Reinstated from DL: RHP Brooks Hall, RHP Jim Henderson, 3B Brooks Conrad, OF Ben McMahan

Minnesota Twins
Recalled:
RHP Jason Marquis
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Carlos Gutierrez, RHP Manuel Soliman, RHP Alex Wimmers, C Danny Rams, 2B Brian Dinkelman, 2B Tsuyoshi Nishioka
Reinstated from DL: RHP Miguel Munoz

New York Mets
Placed on restricted list:
OF Sean Ratliff
Recalled: RHP Jeremy Hefner, 2B Jordany Valdespin
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Jeremy Hefner
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Logan Verrett, 3B Eric Campbell, SS Sean Kazmar, OF Darrell Ceciliani
Reinstated from DL: RHP Erik Goeddel, OF Darrell Ceciliani
Placed on temporarily inactive list: OF Cory Vaughn
Reinstated from inactive list: OF Cory Vaughn

New York Yankees
Recalled:
RHP Cody Eppley
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Manny Delcarmen, RHP Zach Nuding, RHP Wilton Rodriguez, LHP Josh Romanski, 3B Zach Wilson, OF Zoilo Almonte, OF Dan Brewer
Reinstated from DL: RHP Sean Black, 2B Jayson Nix, OF Shane Brown
Placed on temporarily inactive list: RHP Nelson Figueroa
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Nelson Figueroa

Oakland Athletics
Recalled:
RHP Tyson Ross, RHP Neil Wagner, LHP Pedro Figueroa
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Graham Godfrey, RHP Neil Wagner, C Josh Donaldson, OF Collin Cowgill
Placed on 7-day DL: OF Jeff Fiorentino
Reinstated from DL: 2B Tyler Ladendorf

Philadelphia Phillies
Released:
RHP Ebelin Lugo, 2B Joe Thurston
Recalled: LHP Joe Savery
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Mike Cisco, 1B Chris Duffy, OF Kelly Dugan
Reinstated from DL: RHP Chris Kissock, LHP Mario Hollands, C John Suomi
Placed on temporarily inactive list: 2B Mike Fontenot
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Ebelin Lugo, 2B Mike Fontenot

Pittsburgh Pirates
Place on suspended list:
RHP Jordan Cooper
Recalled: RHP Brad Lincoln
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Jared Hughes
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Shairon Martis, RHP Ben Pribanic, RHP Hunter Strickland, 2B Jarek Cunningham, OF Andrew Lambo
Reinstated from DL: C Jake Fox, C Jose Morales
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Jordan Cooper

St. Louis Cardinals
Placed on 7-day DL:
2B Tyler Rahmatulla, OF Tommy Pham
Reinstated from DL: C Adam Lewis, OF Michael Swinson

San Diego Padres
Released:
LHP Pedro Martinez
Placed on 7-day DL: C Austin Hedges
Reinstated from DL: RHP Jeff Suppan
Reinstated from inactive list: LHP Pedro Martinez

San Francisco Giants
Released:
RHP B.J. Salsbury
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Demondre Arnold, RHP Drew Bowlin, C Johnny Monell, 3B John Eshleman, SS Bobby Haney
Reinstated from DL: RHP Keith Bilodeau, LHP Steve Neff, C Eliezer Zambrano, OF Shawn Payne
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP B.J. Salsbury

Seattle Mariners
Placed on 7-day DL:
C Adam Moore, 2B Dan Paolini, OF Julio Morban
Reinstated from DL: OF Mike McGee

Tampa Bay Rays
Recalled:
RHP Brandon Gomes
Optioned to Triple-A: C Stephen Vogt, SS Reid Brignac
Placed on 7-day DL: SS Tim Beckham, OF Kevin Kiermaier

Texas Rangers
Released:
RHP Justin Miller
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Ryan Rodebaugh, LHP Miguel de los Santos, C Jorge Alfaro, C Kevin Torres
Reinstated from DL: C Jorge Alfaro

The Rangers released Justin Miller directly from the 40-man roster. He had surgery over the weekend to repair a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.

Toronto Blue Jays
Recalled:
LHP Evan Crawford
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Drew Hutchison
Optioned to Double-A: LHP Evan Crawford
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Brett Cecil, 2B Ivan Contreras, SS Jorge Vega-Rosado, OF Jonathan Jones
Reinstated from DL: RHP Randy Boone, C Sean Ochinko, 1B Gabe Jacobo
Reinstated from inactive list: OF Kenen Bailli

Washington Nationals
Placed on restricted list:
OF Xavier Paul
Removed from 40-man: OF Brett Carroll (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Joe Testa, LHP Kylin Turnbull, C Sam Palace, C Jhonatan Solano, 2B Adrian Sanchez, SS Brent Greer
Reinstated from DL: C Sam Palace, C Beau Seabury, 1B Steven Souza, SS Zach Walters

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