Minor League Transactions: April 20-26

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

Arizona Diamondbacks
Added to 40-man roster:
SS Josh Wilson
Reinstated from DL: LHP Wade Miley, C Robby Hammock

Atlanta Braves
Signed:
LHP Ben Swaggerty
Voluntarily retired: OF Juan Flores
Recalled: RHP Cory Gearrin
Optioned to Triple-A: OF Matt Young
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Michael Broadway, RHP Kenshin Kawakami, RHP Cory Rasmus, C Cory Brownsten
Transferred to 60-day DL: RHP Angelo Paulino
Reinstated from DL: C Shawn McGill

Baltimore Orioles
Reinstated from DL:
LHP Troy Patton, 1B Joe Mahoney

Boston Red Sox
Optioned to Triple-A:
RHP Alfredo Aceves
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Keith Couch, RHP Tony Pena Jr., OF Ryan Kalish
Reinstated from DL: 3B Hector Luna

Playing for Triple-A Pawtucket, Ryan Kalish suffered a jammed shoulder while diving for a ball in the outfield.

Chicago Cubs
Released:
RHP Jake Muyco
Recalled: RHP Justin Berg
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Jeff Stevens
Option transferred: C Welington Castillo (High-A to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Marcus Hatley, C Jonathan Mota, OF Ty Wright
Reinstated from DL: RHP Jay Jackson, RHP Trey McNutt

Chicago White Sox
Placed on 7-day DL:
RHP Justin Collop, RHP Johnnie Lowe, LHP Wes Whisler, C Adam Ricks
Reinstated from DL: RHP Leroy Hunt, RHP Henry Mabee, OF Michael Restovich

Cincinnati Reds
Signed:
OF Quintin Berry
Recalled: RHP Carlos Fisher, 2B Chris Valaika
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Matt Maloney
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Jordan Hotchkiss, 1B Chris Richburg, OF Ryan LaMarre
Reinstated from DL: 1B Chris Richburg

Colorado Rockies
Released:
LHP Geno Espineli, LHP Kaimi Mead
Traded: RHP Chris Malone to Blue Jays for 2B Brad Emaus
Placed on 7-day DL: 1B Mike Paulk
Reinstated from DL: RHP Albert Campos
Placed on temporarily inactive list: RHP Nick Schnaitmann, RHP Josh Slaats, 3B Matt Macri, OF Cole Garner, OF Willy Taveras
Reinstated from inactive list: OF Cole Garner

Detroit Tigers
Signed:
SS Aaron Sayers
Removed from 40-man: RHP Enrique Gonzalez (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Jeff Ferrell, RHP Cory Hamilton, LHP Drew Smyly, SS Danny Worth
Reinstated from DL: 1B Rawley Bishop

Florida Marlins
Signed:
RHP Chris Sampson, LHP Mariano Gomez
Recalled: SS Ozzie Martinez
Placed on 7-day DL: C Miguel Fermin
Reinstated from DL: SS Jesus Merchan
Reinstated from inactive list: LHP Daniel Jennings

The Marlins called up Ozzie Martinez when they placed Logan Morrison on the big league disabled list. Though Martinez had batted just .190/.217/.259 through 58 at-bats with Triple-A New Orleans, he offers all sorts of positional flexibility and a feel for hitting. He's fluent at shortstop as well as second and third base.

Houston Astros
Recalled:
OF Brian Bogusevic
Placed on 7-day DL: 2B Jose Vallejo
Reinstated from DL: LHP Doug Arguello
Placed on temporarily inactive list: RHP Fernando Nieve
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Danny Meszaros, RHP Matt Nevarez

Kansas City Royals
Added to 40-man roster:
RHP Louis Coleman
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Kanekoa Texeira
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Crawford Simmons

Louis Coleman struck out an eye-popping 16 of the 30 batters he faced for Triple-A Omaha, while surrendering just four hits and four walks in seven innings.

Los Angeles Angels
Released:
RHP Jon Bachanov, RHP Michael Davitt, RHP Tommy Mendoza, LHP Stephen Locke, OF Terrell Alliman
Recalled: RHP Trevor Bell
Added to 40-man roster: 2B Alexi Amarista
Optioned to Triple-A: OF Reggie Willits
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Anthony Ortega, OF Kevin Melillo
Reinstated from DL: RHP Michael Davitt, RHP Tommy Mendoza, RHP Matt Oye, 2B Jon Townsend, 3B Jay Brossman, OF Terrell Alliman

The Angels' top pick in ’07 at 58th overall, reliever Jon Bachanov pitched in just 36 games in five pro seasons, including none this year. He had Tommy John surgery soon after signing and didn't make his debut until June 21, 2009, two years after his selection. Bachanov showed command of a fastball/slider mix during the ’09 season and finished with a 52-to-5 strikeout-to-walk ratio while working as a reliever in rookie ball. His progress stalled last year at low Class A Cedar Rapids and he finished with a 5.47 ERA, 1.71 WHIP and 23 strikeouts in 26 1/3 innings.

Los Angeles Dodgers
Released:
RHP Scott Nestor
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Ramon Troncoso, C A.J. Ellis
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Steven Jackson, RHP Luis Vasquez, LHP Randy Keisler
Reinstated from DL: RHP Javier Solano

Milwaukee Brewers
Signed:
SS Luis Figueroa, SS Andy Gonzalez, SS Hainley Statia
Added to 40-man roster: OF Brandon Boggs
Removed from 40-man: C George Kottaras (outrighted to Triple-A)
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Mike McClendon
Option transferred: C Martin Maldonado (Triple-A to Double-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Eric Marzec, C Shawn Riggans, 1B Chris Nowak, 1B Jason Rogers
Reinstated from DL: C Cameron Garfield, OF Caleb Gindl

Lacking shortstop depth in the high minors, the Brewers coaxed veterans Luis Figueroa, 37, and Andy Gonzalez, 29, out of semi-retirement. Figueroa ranks third among active professionals with more than 1,500 career hits in the minor leagues, while Gonzalez has big league time with the White Sox, Indians and Marlins—though he didn't play during the ’10 season. Milwaukee also signed 25-year-old Hainley Statia, who qualified for minor league free agency for the first time last November. An Angels ninth-round pick in ’04, Statia offers a sound glove but his bat dried up at Double-A (.633 OPS in 693 plate appearances) and Triple-A (.646 in 118 PA).

Minnesota Twins
Placed on 7-day DL:
RHP Tom Stuifbergen
Reinstated from DL: OF Ramon Santana

New York Mets
Signed:
RHP D.J. Carrasco*
Returned Rule 5 selection: 2B Brad Emaus (to Blue Jays)
Added to 40-man roster: OF Jason Pridie
Removed from 40-man: LHP Pat Misch (outrighted to Triple-A)
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP D.J. Carrasco
Option transferred: RHP Manny Alvarez (Triple-A to Double-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: 3B Zach Lutz
Reinstated from DL: RHP Eric Beaulac, OF Fernando Martinez, OF Lorenzo Scott

New York Yankees
Released:
LHP Jose Ortegano
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Buddy Carlyle
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Hector Noesi
Option transferred: RHP Ryan Pope (Triple-A to High-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Graham Stoneburner, LHP Josh Romanski, 2B David Adams, OF Neil Medchill
Reinstated from DL: RHP Ryan Pope, C P.J. Pilittere, 1B Kyle Roller, 2B David Adams

Recent waiver claim Jose Ortegano, a lefty formerly of the Braves system, didn't appear in a game for the Yankees prior to his release.

Oakland Athletics
Signed:
LHP Bobby Cramer*
Released: RHP Bo Schultz
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Bobby Cramer
Placed on 7-day DL: 1B Chris Carter, 1B A.J. Kirby-Jones
Reinstated from DL: RHP Josh Lansford, OF Myrio Richard
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Joey Devine

Philadelphia Phillies
Added to 40-man roster:
RHP Mike Stutes
Placed on 7-day DL: C Bronco Lafrenz
Reinstated from DL: RHP Brian Gordon, OF Jeremy Slayden

Pittsburgh Pirates
Recalled:
SS Pedro Ciriaco
Removed from 40-man: LHP Garrett Olson (outrighted to Triple-A)
Optioned to Triple-A: SS Pedro Ciriaco
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Bryan Morris, LHP Dan Meyer
Reinstated from DL: RHP Duke Welker

St. Louis Cardinals
Released:
RHP Deimer Bier, RHP Amaury Castillo, RHP Pablo Ortiz, LHP Adriano Uribe, 1B Luis Pimentel, 2B Wader Perez, 2B Wilfred Vivas
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Brett Zawacki, 1B Phil Cerreto, OF Daryl Jones
Reinstated from DL: OF Andrew Brown
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Pablo Ortiz

San Diego Padres
Recalled:
RHP Evan Scribner, LHP Wade LeBlanc
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Pat Neshek, LHP Wade LeBlanc,
Optioned to Double-A: 1B Kyle Blanks
Placed on 7-day DL: 2B Andy Parrino, OF Bobby Kielty, OF Danny Payne

San Francisco Giants
Optioned to Triple-A:
1B Brandon Belt
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Michael Main, LHP Edwin Escobar
Reinstated from DL: 2B Nick Noonan

Brandon Belt belted a home run in his first game back with Triple-A Fresno and has gone 3-for-10 with a double, four walks and four RBIs through four games. He might be back in San Francisco soon.

Seattle Mariners
Released:
RHP Justin Miller
Recalled: RHP Dan Cortes
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Josh Lueke, 3B Matt Mangini, OF Carlos Peguero
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Fray Martinez, RHP Taylor Stanton, LHP Nick Czyz, 1B Matt Browning, 1B Eddy Martinez-Esteve, OF Kevin Rivers
Reinstated from DL: RHP Jonathan Arias, RHP Steven Hensley, LHP Donnie Hume, 1B Luis Jimenez, 3B Shaver Hansen, 3B Mario Martinez, OF Mike Wilson
Placed on temporarily inactive list: LHP Brian Moran, LHP Chris Seddon

Tampa Bay Rays
Released:
RHP D.J. Johnson
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Dirk Hayhurst

Texas Rangers
Signed:
2B Humberto Miranda (NDFA—Longwood (Texas))
Recalled: RHP Eric Hurley, C Taylor Teagarden
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Cody Eppley, RHP Brett Tomko
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Michael Kirkman
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Ramon Aguero, 2B Erik Morrison
Reinstated from DL: RHP Eric Hurley, LHP Ben Snyder, C Elio Sarmiento, SS Jurickson Profar
Placed on temporarily inactive list: RHP Ryan Tucker
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Ryan Tucker

The Rangers may have a keeper in side-arming righty reliever Cody Eppley, who shot from 43rd round of the ’08 draft to Arlington in fewer than three years.

The Rangers recalled Eric Hurley to place him on the major league 60-day disabled list. He suffered a concussion and a small fracture on the right side of his head after being hit by a comebacker in a game for Triple-A Round Rock.

Toronto Blue Jays
Traded:
2B Brad Emaus to Rockies for RHP Chris Malone
Recalled: RHP Jesse Litsch, SS Mike McCoy
Added to 40-man roster: SS Chris Woodward
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Brett Cecil, LHP Luis Perez
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Mike MacDonald, RHP Vince Perkins, LHP Willie Collazo, C Travis d'Arnaud, SS Manny Mayorson, OF Marcus Knecht, OF Daniel Perales
Reinstated from DL: 1B Lance Durham, 2B Callix Crabbe, SS Niuman Romero, OF Scott Podsednik

Internet reports suggest that by trading Brad Emaus to the Rockies, the Blue Jays settled their debt of future considerations for last November's acquisition of catcher Miguel Olivo.

Washington Nationals
Signed:
2B Tug Hulett
Released: RHP Alex Caldera
Recalled: OF Roger Bernadina
Added to 40-man roster: SS Brian Bixler
Designated for assignment: LHP Lee Hyde
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Collin Balester, C Jesus Flores
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Luis Atilano, RHP Garrett Mock, OF Buck Coats, OF Eury Perez
Reinstated from DL: RHP Shairon Martis, OF Chris Rahl

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