Minor League Transactions: April 18-23

Official minor league transactions, conveyed to Baseball America by Major League Baseball, for the period April 18-23.

Arizona Diamondbacks
Released:
C Lars Davis, 3B Carter Bell
Elected free agency: LHP Ryan Rowland-Smith
Removed from 40-man: LHP Ryan Rowland-Smith (outrighted to Triple-A)
Reinstated from DL: 3B Carter Bell

Atlanta Braves
Signed:
RHP Clay Schrader (released by Orioles, March 28)
Released: RHP Albert Campos, RHP Frank Lafreniere, RHP Race Parmenter
Traded: SS Tyler Greene to Padres for cash
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Yunesky Maya, LHP Carlos Perez
Reinstated from DL: RHP Lay Batista, RHP Andy Russell, OF Mycal Jones

Baltimore Orioles
Recalled:
LHP T.J. McFarland
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Chris Petrini, LHP Eduardo Rodriguez, OF Brenden Webb
Reinstated from DL: RHP Zach Davies

Double-A Bowie lefty Eduardo Rodriguez sprained a knee during an in-between starts workout. Through three starts he’s 1-2, 6.75 with 12 strikeouts in 16 innings and having allowed 19 hits and five walks.

Boston Red Sox
Released:
OF Aaron King
Recalled: RHP Alex Wilson, SS Brock Holt
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Alex Wilson, OF Daniel Nava
Removed from 40-man: 2B Ryan Roberts (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Matty Ott
Reinstated from DL: RHP Aaron Kurcz, OF Aneury Tavarez

Chicago Cubs
Signed:
SS Ho-Young Son
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Austin Kirk, 2B Edgar Gonzalez
Reinstated from DL: RHP Pierce Johnson, 2B Gioskar Amaya, SS Javier Baez

Chicago White Sox
Signed:
LHP Devon Davis (NDFA—Montevallo (Ala.))
Recalled: RHP Andre Rienzo, LHP Charlie Leesman
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Charlie Leesman
Removed from 40-man: LHP Donnie Veal (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Brandon Hardin, OF Christian Marrero, OF Carl Thomore

Cincinnati Reds
Optioned to Triple-A:
RHP Curtis Partch
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP David Holmberg, OF Ryan LaMarre
Transferred to 60-day DL: LHP Junior Morillo
Reinstated from DL: OF Thomas Neal

Cleveland Indians
Released:
OF Jerad Head
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Blake Wood
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Brett Brach, RHP Toru Murata, C Jake Lowery

Colorado Rockies
Signed:
RHP Rafael Betancourt (re-signed), RHP Simon Castro
Recalled: 2B Charlie Culberson
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Jayson Aquino, C Jose Briceno, C Matt McBride, 2B Rafael Ynoa, SS Rosell Herrera

A 38-year-old Rafael Betancourt will attempt to rehab from offseason Tommy John surgery with the Rockies, who signed him to a minor league deal after he spent the previous four-plus years in Colorado’s big league bullpen. Fun fact: Betancourt holds the all-time record for strikeout/walk ratio by a reliever (min. 500 innings) with a mark of 4.50, placing him ahead of Mariano Rivera (4.10) and in a tie with Jonathan Papelbon at the top. Not coincidentally, two other Rockies relievers of recent vintage appear on the list, Huston Street (fifth) and Matt Belisle (12th), indicating more than a casual interest in this pitcher type by the club’s front office. 

Simon Castro once ranked as the top pitching prospect in the Padres system, but all he has to show for that pedigree is four brief relief appearances for the White Sox last year. At 26, he still has time to forge a big league career, especially after notching a 28/7 SO/BB ratio in 25 relief innings at Triple-A Charlotte in 2013. However, Castro somehow managed to surrender 31 hits and nine homers in 15 appearances.   

Detroit Tigers
Recalled:
RHP Justin Miller
Added to 40-man roster: SS Danny Worth, OF J.D. Martinez
Optioned to Triple-A: OF Tyler Collins
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Endrys Briceno
Reinstated from DL: OF Trevor Crowe

Houston Astros
Loaned to Mexican League:
1B Japhet Amador (to Mexico City)
Recalled: RHP Collin McHugh
Removed from 40-man: RHP Lucas Harrell (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Colton Cain, 2B Austin Elkins, SS Jack Mayfield, OF Delino Deshields Jr.
Reinstated from DL: RHP R.J. Alaniz, 1B Japhet Amador, OF Chris Epps

The Houston Chronicle quotes Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow as saying the club “can still evaluate” Japhet Amador as he plays for the Red Devils in the Mexican League. The piece also indicates that Amador had a May 3 opt-out date for his contract with Triple-A Oklahoma City, but with Jon Singleton playing well for the RedHawks, a big league callup for Amador appeared unlikely.

Double-A Corpus Christi center fielder Delino DeShields Jr. suffered a non-displaced maxillary sinus fracture after being struck in the face by a pitch on April 18. For obvious reasons, his return date is not clear.

Kansas City Royals
Released:
RHP Hassan Pena, RHP Cory Wade, OF Marsalis Holloway
Recalled: OF Jimmy Paredes
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Justin Marks
Placed on 7-day DL: 2B Angel Franco, SS Yowill Espinal, OF Austin Wates
Reinstated from DL: LHP Chris Dwyer, 2B Justin Trapp, SS Yowill Espinal

Los Angeles Angels
Signed:
OF Adam Melker (released by Cardinals, April 17)
Recalled: RHP Josh Wall, LHP Nick Maronde
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Josh Wall, LHP Jose Alvarez
Placed on 7-day DL: C Zac Livingston, 1B Wade Hinkle, SS Shawn O’Malley, OF Chad Hinshaw
Reinstated from DL: SS Chance Ross, OF Mike Fish

Los Angeles Dodgers
Signed:
C Miguel Olivo (re-signed)
Released: C Miguel Olivo (subsequently re-signed), OF Devin Shines
Recalled: RHP Jose Dominguez
Optioned to Triple-A: 2B Chone Figgins
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Arismendy Ozoria, C Pratt Maynard, 2B Casio Grider
Reinstated from DL: RHP Andres Santiago, RHP Steve Smith, LHP Daniel Moskos, SS Erisbel Arruebarrena

Miami Marlins
Recalled:
RHP Carter Capps
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Arquimedes Caminero
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Jacob Esch, RHP Robert Morey, 2B Terrence Dayleg
Reinstated from DL: 3B Colin Moran

Milwaukee Brewers
Signed:
RHP Jeremy Jeffress (elected free agency from Blue Jays, April 16)
Released: RHP Eric Semmelhack, 3B Steve Parker
Recalled: RHP Alfredo Figaro
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Rob Wooten
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Preston Gainey, RHP Johnny Hellweg, OF Kevin Mattison
Reinstated from DL: RHP Ariel Pena, LHP Tyler Linehan, C Lucas May, OF D’Vontrey Richardson

Triple-A Nashville righthander Johnny Hellweg might be facing Tommy John surgery after a Brewers team physician discovered a torn ulnar collateral ligament. He had logged a 4.95 ERA and 15 walks in 20 innings through four starts.

Minnesota Twins
Signed:
OF Dutch Deol (released by Cardinals, June 28)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Deolis Guerra, C Michael Quesada, OF Jeremias Pineda

New York Mets
Released:
3B Jeff Reynolds
Traded: 1B Ike Davis to Pirates for RHP Zach Thornton and a player to be named
Added to 40-man roster: OF Bobby Abreu
Optioned to Triple-A: OF Andrew Brown
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Ryan Reid, C Kai Gronauer
Reinstated from DL: RHP Giancarlo Alvarado

New York Yankees
Recalled:
RHP Preston Claiborne, RHP Bryan Mitchell
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Matt Daley
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Matt Daley, 2B Scott Sizemore
Optioned to Double-A: RHP Bryan Mitchell
Removed from 40-man: LHP Cesar Cabral (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Daniel Burawa, OF Brandon Thomas

Situational lefty Cesar Cabral failed to retire the last seven batters he faced for the Yankees, hitting three, walking one and allowing three hits.

Oakland Athletics
Optioned to Triple-A:
SS Andy Parrino (claimed on waivers from Rangers)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Raul Alcantara, RHP Tanner Peters, RHP Bobby Wahl, SS Hiroyuki Nakajima
Reinstated from DL: RHP Blake Hassebrock

Philadelphia Phillies
Added to 40-man roster:
RHP Shawn Camp
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Jonathan Pettibone, RHP B.J. Rosenberg
Option transferred: OF Aaron Altherr (high Class A to Double-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Colin Kleven, SS Anthony Phillips

Pittsburgh Pirates
Traded:
RHP Zach Thornton and a player to be named to Mets for 1B Ike Davis
Elected free agency: 1B Travis Ishikawa
Recalled: RHP Jared Hughes
Optioned to Triple-A: C Tony Sanchez
Removed from 40-man: 1B Travis Ishikawa (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Zack Dodson, SS Kelson Brown

St. Louis Cardinals
Recalled:
LHP Tyler Lyons
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Jorge Rondon
Reinstated from DL: C Casey Rasmus

San Diego Padres
Signed:
RHP Billy Buckner
Released: RHP Anthony Carter, SS Alberto Gonzalez
Acquired: SS Tyler Greene from Braves for cash
Traded: OF Dan Robertson to Rangers for cash
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Cory Bostjancic, RHP Justin Hancock, C Rocky Gale, 2B Cory Spangenberg
Reinstated from DL: RHP Adrian De Horta, RHP Bryan Verbitsky, LHP Jeff Ibarra, C Jason Hagerty, OF Dan Robertson

Double-A San Antonio second baseman Cory Spangenberg took a knee to the head while sliding, prompting concussion-like symptoms. An actual concussion scuttled his progress in 2012, so this setback bears watching.

San Francisco Giants
Released:
1B Matt Chavez
Recalled: OF Juan Perez
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Jose Casilla, RHP Stephen Johnson, SS Alberto Robles, OF Javier Herrera
Reinstated from DL: RHP Mason Tobin, LHP Bryce Bandilla, LHP Mason McVay, 2B Nick Noonan

Seattle Mariners
Recalled:
RHP Brandon Maurer
Optioned to Triple-A: 2B Nick Franklin, OF James Jones
Optioned to high Class A: RHP Erasmo Ramirez
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Oliver Garcia, RHP Dylan Unsworth, SS Martin Peguero, OF Nate Melendres, OF Ian Miller, OF Travis Witherspoon
Reinstated from DL: RHP Seon Gi Kim, OF Jabari Henry, OF Burt Reynolds, OF Corey Simpson

Despite running up a 6.75 ERA and 1.58 WHIP through five big league starts, Erasmo Ramirez descended three levels to the California League primarily to keep him on schedule with the big league rotation.

Tampa Bay Rays
Recalled:
LHP C.J. Riefenhauser
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Brad Boxberger, LHP C.J. Riefenhauser
Reinstated from DL: SS Hak-Ju Lee

Texas Rangers
Released:
RHP Brett Anderson, RHP Zach Russell
Acquired: OF Dan Robertson from Padres for cash
Recalled: RHP Nick Martinez, SS Luis Sardinas
Added to 40-man roster: LHP Aaron Poreda, OF Dan Robertson
Designated for assignment: SS Andy Parrino (lost on waivers to Athletics)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Neftali Feliz, LHP Michael Kirkman
Reinstated from DL: RHP Miles Mikolas, RHP Zach Russell, C Zach Zaneski, OF Ryan Strausborger

This San Francisco Gate piece neatly recounts Aaron Poreda’s trek from first round of the 2007 draft to the big leagues with the 2009 White Sox to his downfall two years later when he dealt with a serious elbow injury, selection in the minor league Rule 5 draft and eventual release during 2013 spring training.

Toronto Blue Jays
Added to 40-man roster:
3B Juan Francisco
Optioned to Triple-A: SS Munenori Kawasaki, OF Darin Mastroianni
Designated for assignment: OF Kenny Wilson (lost on waivers to Twins)
Placed on 7-day DL: C Aaron Munoz, OF Brett Carroll
Reinstated from DL: C A.J. Jimenez

Washington Nationals
Recalled:
RHP Aaron Barrett, LHP Xavier Cedeno
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Blake Treinen, LHP Xavier Cedeno, OF Steven Souza
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Christian Garcia, LHP Danny Rosenbaum