Minor League Transactions: April 4-10

Official minor league transactions, conveyed to Baseball America by Major League Baseball, for the period April 4-10.

Arizona Diamondbacks
Signed:
RHP Justin Fitzgerald (released by Giants, March 28), OF Everett Williams (released by Padres, March 28)
Released: RHP Cesar Carrillo, 1B Phildrick Llewellyn
Optioned to Triple-A: OF Roger Kieschnick (waiver claim from Giants)
Placed on 7-day DL: 3B Carter Bell, OF Trent Oeltjen
Reinstated from DL: RHP Cesar Carrillo

A number of one-time members of the Padres front office now work for Diamondbacks, including, of course, general manager Kevin Towers, but extending also to special assistant Bill Bryk and pro scout Bill Gayton. With all the Padres expats in the desert, left fielder Everett Williams, a San Diego second-rounder in 2009, made a soft landing with the Arizona organization after being released last week. In fact, Gayton served as Padres scouting director from 2001-09.

Atlanta Braves
Recalled:
RHP Ervin Santana
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Pedro Beato (waiver claim from Reds)

Baltimore Orioles
Signed:
RHP Steven Hensley (released by Rockies, March 21), LHP Anthony Vasquez (released by Mariners, March 27)
Traded: 2B Torsten Boss to Indians for RHP Preston Guilmet (DFA)
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Preston Guilmet

Boston Red Sox
Recalled:
SS Brock Holt
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Brandon Workman, SS Brock Holt
Placed on 7-day DL: SS Jose Vinicio

Chicago Cubs
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Jonathan Sanchez, OF Jorge Soler
Reinstated from DL: OF Jae-Hoon Ha

Jorge Soler aggravated his hamstring while hitting a double at Double-A Tennessee on opening night. He’s 1-for-1 on the season.

Chicago White Sox
Signed:
RHP Tommy Hanson (released by Rangers, March 26)
Released: RHP Drew Bowen, RHP Devin Moore, RHP Joey Wagman, C Franco Pizzoli, OF Michael Carballo
Acquired: OF Gorkys Hernandez from Royals for cash
Recalled: RHP Jake Petricka, OF Jordan Danks

The season-ending shoulder injury to big league right fielder Avisail Garcia created a ripple effect in the White Sox organization. Triple-A Charlotte outfielder Jordan Danks received a callup to Chicago, which left Charlotte a man short, a situation they remedied by purchasing veteran Gorkys Hernandez from the Royals.

Cincinnati Reds
Signed:
3B Chris Nelson (re-signed)
Optioned to Triple-A: C Tucker Barnhart
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Edgar Gonzalez, LHP Junior Morillo, 2B Ray Chang

Cleveland Indians
Traded:
RHP Preston Guilmet (DFA) to Orioles for 2B Torsten Boss
Traded: LHP Colt Hynes (DFA) to Dodgers for RHP Duke von Schamann
Recalled: RHP Trevor Bauer, RHP C.C. Lee, SS Justin Sellers
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Trevor Bauer, RHP Vinnie Pestano
Removed from 40-man: RHP Frank Herrmann (outrighted to short-season)
Placed on 7-day DL: 3B Joe Sever, 3B Yandy Diaz, OF Josh Schubert
Reinstated from DL: 2B Justin Toole

An Orioles eighth-rounder from Michigan State in 2012, Torsten Boss has no standout tool, but his lefthanded bat and defensive versatility could carry him up the ladder. He didn’t have the type of full-season debut last year to win acclaim, batting .238/.333/.358 with seven homers and six steals in 106 games at low Class A Delmarva, and he’ll need to make more contact after striking out 23 percent of the time. The 23-year-old Boss plays second base, third base and, beginning this year, right field, so that versatility combined with more hard contact could win him favor with his new organization

The 23-year-old Duke von Schamann throws strikes—he has yet to walk a batter in 10 innings this year—but he doesn’t have the type of arsenal to separate himself from the more than 1,400 pitchers active in the minors right now. However, a pitcher like this sometimes needs only the right opportunity to get a foot in the door. Von Schamann sinks his fastball at 89-91 mph and throws a fine changeup and OK curveball. The Dodgers’ 15th-rounder from Texas Tech in 2012 advanced to Double-A Chattanooga the following year, going 11-7, 4.67 in 27 games (23 starts) across two levels, logging 6.9 strikeouts and 2.6 walks per nine innings.

Colorado Rockies
Recalled:
SS Josh Rutledge
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Wilton Lopez, OF Corey Dickerson
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Bruce Kern, OF Francisco Sosa

Detroit Tigers
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Eduardo Sanchez, OF Trevor Crowe, OF Austin Schotts

Houston Astros
Recalled:
RHP Chia-Jen Lo, RHP Josh Zeid
Removed from 40-man: RHP Chia-Jen Lo (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: OF Adron Chambers

Kansas City Royals
Signed:
RHP Kameron Loe (released by Giants, March 22)
Released: RHP Luis Melgar
Traded: OF Gorkys Hernandez to White Sox for cash
Recalled: RHP Michael Mariot, LHP Donnie Joseph, 2B Johnny Giavotella
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Aaron Brooks
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Aaron Brooks, LHP Donnie Joseph
Removed from 40-man: SS Pedro Ciriaco (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP John Walter, C Jin-Ho Shin, OF Tyler Chism, OF Dex Kjerstad
Reinstated from DL: C Beau Maggi

Los Angeles Angels
Signed:
C Zac Livingston (released by Angels, March 18)
Recalled: OF J.B. Shuck

Los Angeles Dodgers
Signed:
RHP Nick Struck (released by Cubs, March 27), RHP Daniel Tillman (released by Angels, March 26), LHP Erick Threets (Long Island (Atlantic)), SS Jarod Jamerson (Goodyear (Freedom))
Traded: RHP Duke von Schamann to Indians for LHP Colt Hynes (DFA)
Loaned to Mexican League: RHP Javier Solano (to Monterrey)
Recalled: C Tim Federowicz
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Jose Dominguez, LHP Colt Hynes
Removed from 40-man: OF Mike Baxter (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: C John Cannon
Reinstated from DL: C Gorman Erickson

Miami Marlins
Signed:
RHP Carlos Artiles, RHP Micah Owings, 1B Rich Poythress (released by Mariners, March 27)
Recalled: RHP Arquimedes Caminero
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Steve Ames, 1B Ryan Rieger
Reinstated from DL: RHP Rett Varner

Milwaukee Brewers
Released:
LHP Kevin James
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Jose de la Torre, RHP Andy Moye
Reinstated from DL: 2B Shea Vucinich

Minnesota Twins
Traded:
LHP Miguel Sulbaran to Yankees for SS Eduardo Nunez (DFA)
Recalled: C Chris Herrmann
Added to 40-man roster: OF Darin Mastroianni
Optioned to Triple-A: SS Eduardo Nunez
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Matt Hoffman, 3B Stephen Wickens, OF Zach Granite
Reinstated from DL: RHP Virgil Vasquez

New York Mets
Signed: RHP Martires Arias (released by Nationals, March 20)
Optioned to Triple-A: 2B Wilmer Flores
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Vic Black

Back to square one for Martires Arias, who re-signed with the Mets after being released by Nationals two weeks ago. He originally signed with New York out of the Dominican Republic back in 2008, spending five years with the organization—he advanced only to Rookie-level Kingsport—before being selected by Washington in the minor league Rule 5 draft last December.

Vic Black spent the first week of the season on the disabled list at Triple-A Las Vegas while dealing with pinched nerve on the right side of his neck. He pitched one inning prior to the injury.

New York Yankees
Traded:
SS Eduardo Nunez (DFA) to Twins for LHP Miguel Sulbaran
Recalled: RHP Shane Greene, LHP Cesar Cabral, C Austin Romine
Optioned to Triple-A: C Austin Romine
Placed on 7-day DL: OF Yeicok Calderon

Eduardo Nunez lost his utility infield job with the Yankees this spring to Dean Anna and Yangervis Solarte, two players with zero big league experience entering 2014, so New York designated for assignment and traded Nunez to the Twins. (Nunez, however, landed at Triple-A Rochester because the Twins already have their own erratic utilityman, Eduardo Escobar.) The pitcher whom the Yankees received for Nunez, lefty Miguel Sulbaran, has intriguing arm speed and feel to spin a breaking ball, and at age 20 has plenty of time to develop. He went 9-4, 2.96 in 27 games (20 starts) in the low Class A Midwest League last year, striking out 8.1 and walking 2.6 batters per nine innings. As an added bonus, Sulbaran made 11 scoreless relief appearances in the Venezuelan League last winter, holding lefty batters hitless in 12 at-bats.

Oakland Athletics
Signed:
2B Colin Walsh (released by Cardinals, March 25)
Released: RHP Kayvon Bahramzadeh, LHP Eric Berger
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Evan Scribner
Outrighted to Mexican League: 2B Antonio Lamas (to Monclova)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Blake Hassebrock, LHP Matt Stalcup, C Ryan Lipkin, C Stephen Vogt, 2B Melvin Mercedes, SS Addison Russell
Reinstated from DL: LHP Frank Gailey, OF Jaycob Brugman

A serious injury to his right hamstring will cost Double-A Midland shortstop Addison Russell at least a month of the season.

Philadelphia Phillies
Reinstated from DL: SS Brian Bixler

Pittsburgh Pirates
Optioned to Triple-A:
LHP Jeff Locke
Removed from 40-man: RHP Vin Mazzaro (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: SS Robert Andino, OF Barrett Barnes, OF Harold Ramirez

St. Louis Cardinals
Signed:
RHP Jeff Barkley (NDFA—Pfeiffer (N.C.)), RHP Kevin Carlow (NDFA—Brown)

San Diego Padres
Recalled:
LHP Bobby LaFromboise
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Bobby LaFromboise (waiver claim from Mariners)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Matt Chabot, SS Ryan Jackson
Reinstated from DL: RHP Tim Sexton

San Francisco Giants
Signed:
SS Kirk Singer (released by Pirates, March 22)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Ray Black, RHP Shane Loux, C Jeff Arnold, 3B Mark Minicozzi
Reinstated from DL: RHP Shane Loux

Seattle Mariners
Recalled:
LHP Lucas Luetge
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Dominic Leone
Placed on 7-day DL: 3B Nate Tenbrink
Reinstated from DL: RHP Andrew Carraway, RHP Moises Hernandez, 3B Leury Bonilla

Tampa Bay Rays
Signed:
C Jamie Mitchell (NDFA—Northwest Nazarene (Idaho))
Recalled: LHP Jeff Beliveau
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Jeff Beliveau

Texas Rangers
Signed:
C Chris Gimenez (re-signed after electing free agency)
Released: RHP Doug Mathis, C Jose Felix
Elected free agency: C Chris Gimenez
Recalled: RHP Daniel McCutchen
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Nick Martinez, 3B Kevin Kouzmanoff
Optioned to Double-A: RHP Nick Martinez, RHP Daniel McCutchen
Reinstated from DL: RHP Randy Henry, 3B Alex Buchholz

“I was either in big trouble or something good was about to happen,” Nick Martinez told Rangers correspondent Jeff Wilson in a recent organization report ($) in which the righthander detailed a late-spring summoning to the manager’s office. Click through to read about the converted college shortstop’s journey from the 18th round of the draft to the big leagues two and a half years later.

Toronto Blue Jays
Signed:
3B Juan Francisco (released by Brewers, March 24)
Recalled: RHP Neil Wagner
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Marcus Walden
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Marcus Walden
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Phil Kish, C Seth Conner
Reinstated from DL: 2B Andy Fermin

Washington Nationals
Signed:
RHP Paolo Espino (released by Cubs, March 27)
Recalled: OF Tyler Moore
Placed on 7-day DL: 3B Drew Ward, OF Jeff Kobernus