Minor League Transactions: April 27-May 3

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

Arizona Diamondbacks
Traded:
C John Hester to Orioles, completing deal in which Diamondbacks traded 3B Mark Reynolds and a player to be named to Orioles for RHP David Hernandez and RHP Kam Mickolio
Placed on 7-day DL: OF Adam Eaton
Reinstated from DL: RHP Chase Anderson

Atlanta Braves
Acquired:
OF Jeff Fiorentino from Orioles for cash considerations
Added to 40-man roster: OF Joe Mather
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Jairo Asencio
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP David Hale, RHP Stephen Marek
Reinstated from DL: RHP Cory Rasmus, 2B Mike Brownsten

The Braves optioned Jairo Asencio, their 13th pitcher at the time, and called on 28-year-old Joe Mather to restore some semblance of balance. Mather played all four corner positions for Triple-A Gwinnett, though he started out just 16-for-62 (.258) with a homer and five doubles (.387 slugging).

Baltimore Orioles
Released:
OF Brian Conley
Acquired: C John Hester from Diamondbacks, completing deal in which Diamondbacks traded 3B Mark Reynolds and a player to be named to Orioles for RHP David Hernandez and RHP Kam Mickolio
Traded: OF Jeff Fiorentino to Braves for cash considerations
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Chris Jakubauskas
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Eddie Gamboa, RHP Ryan O'Shea

The acquisition of 27-year-old backstop John Hester from the Diamondbacks closes the book on the Mark Reynolds trade from the Winter Meetings. Reynolds' disdain for running hard to first base remains intact in Baltimore—over his past 708 plate appearances he's batting .198/.314/.420 with 35 homers (4.9 percent of PAs), 241 strikeouts (34 percent) and 93 walks (13 percent).

Boston Red Sox
Placed on restricted list:
LHP Dennys Reyes
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Chris Balcom-Miller, RHP Charle Rosario, LHP Randy Williams, 2B Jason Thompson, SS Ryan Dent, OF Juan Carlos Linares
Reinstated from DL: RHP Keith Couch, RHP Miguel Gonzalez, LHP Randy Williams, 2B Drew Dominguez, OF Matt Sheely
Placed on temporarily inactive list: LHP Kris Johnson
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Austin Bailey, LHP Kris Johnson

Chicago Cubs
Released:
LHP Luke Sommer
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Dallas Beeler, RHP David Cales, LHP Graham Hicks, C Mario Mercedes
Reinstated from DL: RHP Marcus Hatley, RHP Su-Min Jung, RHP Dae-Eun Rhee, OF Nelson Perez

Chicago White Sox
Signed:
RHP Jon Bachanov, 2B Alden Carrithers
Released: 1B Daryle Ward, 3B Christian Colonel, OF Ryan Hamme
Removed from 40-man: RHP Freddy Dolsi (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: 3B Jon Gilmore, SS Kyle Davis
Reinstated from DL: LHP Matt Wickswat, 1B Daryle Ward, 3B Jon Gilmore, OF Ken Williams Jr.

The Angels' top pick in the ’07 draft, reliever Jon Bachanov follows the Bobby Jenks career path from Anaheim to Chicago. Though he hasn't quite reached Jenks-ian proportions, Bachanov does stand in at 6-foot-4, 230 pounds and he does bring the heat.

Cincinnati Reds
Signed:
LHP James Adkins, C James Skelton
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Justin Lehr
Reinstated from DL: OF Ryan LaMarre

An ’07 supplemental first-rounder out of Tennessee, James Adkins gets his third shot at the Double-A Southern League, this time with Carolina. He pitched for the Dodgers' Chattanooga affiliate in ’09 and ’10..

Cleveland Indians
Released:
RHP Orlando Pereira, SS Ronald Rivas
Traded: OF Jordan Brown to Brewers for cash considerations
Recalled: RHP Frank Herrmann
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Alex White
Designated for assignment: RHP Jess Todd
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Frank Herrmann, SS Jason Donald
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Bryan Price

Alex White logged six innings in his big league debut against the Tigers on April 30, allowing two runs (on solo home runs to Miguel Cabrera and Ryan Raburn) on six hits. He struck out and walked four—though two walks were intentional.

Colorado Rockies
Loaned to Mexican League:
1B Max Leon (Minatitlan)
Recalled: 3B Ian Stewart
Added to 40-man roster: SS Alfredo Amezaga
Removed from 40-man: RHP Alan Johnson (outrighted to Triple-A)
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Clayton Mortensen
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Billy Buckner, RHP Sean Jarrett, LHP Joe Torres, 1B Kala Ka'aihue, OF Cole Garner
Reinstated from DL: RHP Edgmer Escalona, 1B Mike Paulk, SS Josh Rutledge
Placed on temporarily inactive list: RHP Casey Weathers, LHP Josh Muecke, OF Jeff Salazar
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Casey Weathers, 3B Matt Macri, OF Willy Taveras

Detroit Tigers
Recalled:
2B Scott Sizemore
Optioned to Triple-A: C Omir Santos, 2B Will Rhymes
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Richard Zumaya, OF Clay Timpner
Reinstated from DL: RHP Cory Hamilton

Florida Marlins
Released:
LHP Mark McLemore
Recalled: OF Bryan Petersen
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Alan Oaks, C Dallas Hord, C Clint Sammons
Reinstated from DL: RHP Jeff Allison, RHP Bryan Evans, C Miguel Fermin

Houston Astros
Released:
RHP Cesar Carrillo, RHP Enmanuel Cedano, RHP Fernando Nieve, C John Curtis
Removed from 40-man: OF Joe Inglett (outrighted to Triple-A)
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Jose Valdez
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Casey Fien, LHP Dallas Keuchel, 2B Jimmy Paredes, OF Telvin Nash
Reinstated from DL: C John Curtis, 2B Jimmy Paredes, 2B Jose Vallejo
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Fernando Nieve, C Jon Fixler

Fernando Nieve signed on with Doosan of Korea Baseball Organization.

Kansas City Royals
Released:
3B Adam Frost
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Keaton Hayenga, OF Derrick Robinson
Reinstated from DL: 1B Juan Graterol, OF Adrian Ortiz

Los Angeles Angels
Signed:
3B Matt Cusick
Released: RHP Jeremy Haynes, RHP Nick Pugliese, OF Marvin Lowrance
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Matt Palmer
Placed on 7-day DL: 2B Jon Townsend, 3B Michael Wing
Reinstated from DL: RHP Loek Van Mil, C Alberto Rosario, 1B Brandon Decker, 2B P.J. Phillips

Los Angeles Dodgers
Signed:
C A.J. Ellis*
Recalled: 3B Russ Mitchell
Optioned to Double-A: RHP Kenley Jansen
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Chris Withrow
Reinstated from DL: RHP Joey Newby, LHP Wilkin de la Rosa, 1B John Lindsey, 2B Casio Grider
Placed on temporarily inactive list: RHP Roman Colon

Los Angeles skipped Kenley Jansen over Triple-A Albuquerque on his way to the minors. The 23-year-old converted catcher will find Chattanooga more to his liking after serving up too many hits (13) and too many homers (three) in 13 1/3 big league innings to start the season. Jansen's strikeouts held steady at 14.9 per nine innings.

Milwaukee Brewers
Acquired:
OF Jordan Brown from Indians for cash considerations
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Mark Rogers, RHP Trey Watten, LHP Brian Garman, C Cameron Garfield, C Michael Roberts
Reinstated from DL: RHP Evan Anundsen, RHP Eric Marzec, 1B Chris Dennis

Jordan Brown batted .304/.355/.471 across 1,358 plate appearances in the Triple-A International League, winning its batting title in ’09 with Columbus, but the Indians afforded him garbage-time at-bats in Cleveland only in ’10. He used them to hit an unexciting .230. The 27-year-old lefty hitter topped out at 15 homers for the ’09 Clippers, but generally he'll settle in the 8-10 range, making him a hard sell as a big league first baseman or left fielder, his primary positions. Removed from Cleveland's 40-man roster in January, Brown will become a minor league free agent in November provided that the Brewers don't add him to their 40-man.

Minnesota Twins
Signed:
RHP Tim Atherton, RHP Deinys Suarez
Recalled: RHP Alex Burnett, RHP Anthony Swarzak, OF Rene Tosoni
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Eric Hacker, RHP Anthony Swarzak
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP David Bromberg, LHP Ryan Mullins, OF Oswaldo Arcia
Reinstated from DL: RHP Tom Stuifbergen, RHP Brad Tippett

Deinys Suarez fled Cuba following the ’09 season and threw for scouts in the Dominican Republic that December. He failed to generate as much interest as countryman Yuniesky Maya, who inked a four-year, $7.4 million big league pact with the Nationals.

New York Mets
Signed:
C Mike Nickeas*
Placed on suspended list: RHP Nick Carr
Recalled: OF Lucas Duda
Optioned to Triple-A: C Mike Nickeas
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Manny Alvarez, RHP Nick Carr, RHP Jenrry Mejia
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Nick Carr

Team No. 1 prospect Jenrry Mejia tore the MCL in his pitching elbow and faces probable season-ending Tommy John surgery. In five starts for Triple-A Buffalo, he went 1-2, 2.86 with a 21-to-14 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 28 1/3 innings. Righthanded batters went 6-for-54 (.111) with one extra-base hit (a triple) against Mejia.

New York Yankees
Signed:
LHP Brad Halsey, LHP Jose Ortegano (re-signed)
Released: RHP Kevin Millwood, 1B Myron Leslie, OF Jack Rye
Optioned to Triple-A: C Gustavo Molina
Option transferred: RHP Ryan Pope (High-A to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Naoya Okamoto, OF Greg Golson
Reinstated from DL: RHP Dellin Betances, RHP Francisco Gil, LHP Wilkins Arias, SS Luis Nunez

The Yankees originally released Jose Ortegano, a waiver claim from the Braves, to clear 40-man roster space for Buddy Carlyle. They re-signed the lefty to a minor league pact five days later.

Oakland Athletics
Loaned to Mexican League:
C Joel Galarraga (Minatitlan)
Recalled: C Josh Donaldson
Optioned to Triple-A: C Josh Donaldson
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Gabe DeHoyos, RHP Connor Hoehn
Reinstated from inactive list: C Joel Galarraga

Philadelphia Phillies
Released:
SS Robert Hudson, OF Jeremy Slayden
Recalled: RHP Vance Worley
Added to 40-man roster: C Dane Sardinha
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Mike Zagurski, SS Brian Bocock, OF Domonic Brown
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Bryan Morgado, 2B Harold Garcia, 3B Travis Mattair
Reinstated from DL: C Joel Naughton

Pittsburgh Pirates
Signed:
1B Gerlis Rodriguez
Released: RHP Gabriel Alvarado, RHP Maurice Bankston
Voluntarily retired: OF David Pino
Returned Rule 5 selection: SS Josh Rodriguez (to Indians)
Recalled: LHP Daniel Moskos
Option transferred: RHP Chris Leroux (Triple-A to Double-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Brian Leach, RHP Tyler Waldron, 3B Josh Harrison

The Pirates deemed expendable Josh Rodriguez, the first overall pick in last year's Rule 5 draft, when they acquired the Angels' Brandon Wood on a waiver claim. Out of options, Wood failed to realize his sky-high potential in Anaheim, batting .168/.197/.259 in 494 plate appearances in parts of five seasons.

In other Pirates transactions involving out-of-options players, they claimed former Dodgers outfielder Xavier Paul on waivers, making room on the 40-man by outrighting corner outfielder John Bowker to Triple-A.

St. Louis Cardinals
Placed on 7-day DL:
RHP Casey Mulligan, OF Michael Swinson
Reinstated from DL: RHP Brett Zawacki, OF Oscar Taveras

San Diego Padres
Signed:
2B Alex Cintron
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Eddie Kunz, C Jason Hagerty, SS Everth Cabrera
Reinstated from DL: C Luis Martinez, OF Luis Domoromo, OF Dan Meeley

San Francisco Giants
Recalled:
2B Emmanuel Burriss, SS Ryan Rohlinger
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Daryl Maday, SS Juan Ciriaco, OF Thomas Neal
Reinstated from DL: RHP Waldis Joaquin, 1B Brad Eldred
Placed on temporarily inactive list: RHP Ronnie Ray, OF Jarrett Parker
Reinstated from inactive list: OF Jarrett Parker

Seattle Mariners
Released:
RHP John Housey, RHP Yusmeiro Petit
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Matt Bischoff, RHP Tyler Blandford
Reinstated from DL: RHP Stephen Pryor, RHP Taylor Stanton, LHP Nick Czyz
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Yusmeiro Petit, LHP Chris Seddon

Tampa Bay Rays
Signed:
LHP Jake McGee*, LHP Chad Thall
Recalled: RHP Alex Cobb, RHP Brandon Gomes
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Alex Cobb, LHP Jake McGee
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Nick Barnese, RHP Nate Garcia, RHP Jake Thompson, 2B Cody Cipriano
Reinstated from DL: RHP Chris Bootcheck, LHP Kyle Lobstein
Placed on temporarily inactive list: RHP Jeremy Hall
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Jeremy Hall

Texas Rangers
Signed:
RHP Justin Miller
Placed on restricted list: RHP Andrew Doyle
Placed on suspended list: OF Engel Beltre
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Ryan Tucker
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Corey Young, 1B Chris McGuiness
Reinstated from DL: RHP Ramon Aguero, LHP Richard Bleier, 3B Mitch Hilligoss, 3B Renny Osuna

For an Engel Beltre suspensions retrospective, click here.

Toronto Blue Jays
Released:
RHP Vince Perkins
Added to 40-man roster: 1B David Cooper
Removed from 40-man: SS Chris Woodward (outrighted to Triple-A)
Optioned to Triple-A: OF Travis Snider
Option transferred: OF Darin Mastroianni (Triple-A to Double-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Casey Beck, RHP Josh Roenicke, OF Markus Brisker, OF Adam Calderone
Reinstated from DL: RHP Mike MacDonald, RHP Vince Perkins, LHP Willie Collazo, OF Marcus Knecht

Washington Nationals
Released:
RHP Kyle Morrison
Removed from 40-man: LHP Lee Hyde (outrighted to Triple-A)
Optioned to Triple-A: OF Roger Bernadina
Placed on 7-day DL: 1B Michael Aubrey, 2B Seth Bynum
Reinstated from DL: 1B Justin Bloxom

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