Minor League Transactions: April 5-10

Official minor league transactions, conveyed to us by Major League Baseball, for the period April 5-10.

Arizona Diamondbacks
Released:
LHP Taylor Siemens, OF Dan Kaczrowski
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Will Harris

Atlanta Braves
Signed:
RHP Pat Egan (released by Orioles, March 29)
Traded: LHP Chris Jones to Orioles for RHP Luis Ayala
Added to 40-man roster: 2B Blake DeWitt
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP John Cornely, RHP Juan Jaime, 1B Chris Garcia, 2B Levi Hyams, 2B Tommy La Stella, 2B Emerson Landoni

Baltimore Orioles
Signed:
SS Cale Iorg (released by Tigers, March 29), OF Scott Beerer (re-signed)
Traded: RHP Luis Ayala to Braves for LHP Chris Jones
Recalled: 2B Yamaico Navarro
Added to 40-man roster: OF Chris Dickerson
Optioned to Triple-A: 2B Yamaico Navarro
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Ryan Berry, RHP Eunchul Choi, RHP Julio Rodriguez, LHP Ashur Tolliver, C Kyle Moore, C Jason Stifler, 3B Michael Mosby, 3B Brandon Waring, OF Trent Mummey

Even if he never makes an impact in the big leagues, Chris Jones can say he’s twice been traded straight up for a major league veteran. This time the 24-year-old switches Double-A affiliates in the deal that sent him from the Braves to the Orioles for Luis Ayala. Following the ’11 season, Jones went from the Indians to the Braves for Derek Lowe. As to his on-field credentials, Jones is a three-pitch lefty reliever who camps out near 90 mph and struck out a career-best 9.2 batters per nine innings with Bowie last year, when he held lefties to a .244/.311/.280 batting line in 82 at-bats.

Boston Red Sox
Recalled:
RHP Alex Wilson
Optioned to Triple-A: SS Jose Iglesias
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Scott Swinson, C Leonel Escobar, 2B Bryan Johns, OF Alex Hassan

Chicago Cubs
Placed on 7-day DL:
RHP Casey Coleman, RHP Carlos Gutierrez, LHP Hunter Cervenka, 2B Ronald Torreyes, 3B Josh Vitters, SS Junior Lake, SS Elliot Soto, OF Anthony Giansanti

Chicago White Sox
Signed:
3B Jeremy Farrell (released by Pirates, March 29)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Andrew Brackman
Placed on 60-day DL: OF Brady Shoemaker

Cincinnati Reds
Recalled:
RHP Logan Ondrusek
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Ryan Kemp, C Nevin Ashley, 2B Emmanuel Burriss

Cleveland Indians
Recalled:
RHP Trevor Bauer, RHP Corey Kluber, C Yan Gomes
Added to 40-man roster: C Omir Santos
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Trevor Bauer, RHP Carlos Carrasco
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Bryce Stowell
Designated for assignment: RHP Robert Whitenack

Colorado Rockies
Signed:
RHP Aaron Cook (released by Phillies, March 26)

Detroit Tigers
Signed:
RHP Jose Valverde (re-signed)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Luis Marte, SS Dixon Machado, OF Steven Moya, OF Tony Plagman

Houston Astros
Recalled:
RHP Paul Clemens, LHP Dallas Keuchel
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP John Ely, 2B Jose Martinez
Option transferred: RHP Ross Seaton (Double-A to Triple-A)

Kansas City Royals
Placed on 7-day DL:
1B Mark Threlkeld, OF Brian Fletcher

Los Angeles Angels
Signed:
2B Bill Hall (re-signed)
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Dane de la Rosa
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Joe Melioris, 2B Bill Hall, OF Kole Calhoun, OF Gary Mitchell

Los Angeles Dodgers
Signed:
RHP Victor Arano, 1B Sean Burroughs, 2B David Compton, OF Antonio Torres
Released: RHP Danny Carela
Loaned to Mexican League: RHP Javier Solano (to Monterrey), LHP Thomas Melgarejo (to Saltillo), 2B Jesus Alberto Arredondo (to Monclova)
Optioned to Triple-A: C Tim Federowicz
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Steve Ames

Miami Marlins
Signed:
RHP Jay Jackson (released by Cubs, April 4)
Recalled: C Kyle Skipworth
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Mitch Talbot, 2B Noah Perio, SS Terrence Dayleg

As recently as three years ago, Jay Jackson appeared to have a promising big league career in front of him. Heading into the ’10 season, he ranked No. 5 on the Cubs prospect list, with “good feel for four pitches that are average or better,” according to that year’s Prospect Handbook. The 25-year-old Jackson still has evident arm strength—he tops out near 93 mph—and could forge a career in relief if he improves the reliability of his power curveball. He struck out 45 in 46 innings for Triple-A Iowa last season, though with 23 walks and six homers allowed in 28 appearances.

Milwaukee Brewers
Recalled:
OF Josh Prince
Added to 40-man roster: C Blake Lalli
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Kyle Heckathorn, RHP Andre Lamontagne, OF Ben McMahan

Minnesota Twins
Recalled:
LHP Pedro Hernandez
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Tyler Robertson
Placed on 7-day DL: C Drew Butera, OF Mike Kvasnicka, OF Drew Leachman

New York Mets
Signed:
LHP Sean Henn (released by Red Sox, March 26)
Added to 40-man roster: LHP Aaron Laffey
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Jeurys Familia
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Paul Sewald, 1B Brian Harrison, SS Brandon Hicks

Injuries to veterans Johan Santana and Shaun Marcum forced the Mets to turn to free-talent acquisitions Aaron Laffey (minor league free agent) and Jeremy Hefner (waiver claim) to round out the rotation in April.

New York Yankees
Optioned to Triple-A:
RHP Cody Eppley
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Nick Goody, RHP Derek Varnadore, 3B Zach Wilson

Oakland Athletics
Signed:
C Ryan Gorton (31)
Released: RHP J.C. Menna, 3B Tommy Mendonca
Recalled: SS Andy Parrino
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Dan Straily, C Stephen Vogt
Removed from 40-man: RHP Dan Otero (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Sergio Perez, RHP Stuart Pudenz, RHP Drew Tyson, LHP Max Perlman, SS Addison Russell, SS Wilfredo Solano

Former Oregon State catcher Ryan Gorton, a 31st-round senior selection last June, agreed to terms during the first week of the season.

Oakland selected Tommy Mendonca in the minor league phase of December’s Rule 5 draft.

Top prospect Addison Russell spent a minimal amount of time on the shelf with a strained back, and he returned on April 14 to go 1-for-5 with a double, an RBI and a run scored.

Pittsburgh Pirates
Signed:
RHP Kurt Yacko (released by Rockies, March 28)

St. Louis Cardinals
Signed:
RHP Brady Adamek (NDFA—Oakland)
Optioned to Triple-A: SS Ryan Jackson
Placed on 7-day DL: 2B Luis Mateo

San Diego Padres
Signed:
1B Brandon Allen (released by Rangers, March 31)

San Francisco Giants
Placed on 7-day DL:
LHP Chris Gloor, 1B Joey Rapp

Seattle Mariners
Recalled:
LHP Bobby LaFromboise
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Lucas Luetge

Tampa Bay Rays
Acquired:
C Juan Apodaca from Rangers for cash considerations
Recalled: RHP Brandon Gomes

Texas Rangers
Released:
1B Andrew Clark
Traded: C Juan Apodaca to Rays for cash considerations
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Nick Tepesch
Optioned to Triple-A: C Robinson Chirinos
Designated for assignment: LHP Jeff Beliveau
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Keone Kela

The Rangers acquired Robinson Chirinos, who has been designated for assignment by the Rays, in a deal that promises a player to be named (or cash) to Tampa Bay.

Toronto Blue Jays
Signed:
RHP Miguel Batista (released by Rockies, March 25)
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Dave Bush
Optioned to Triple-A: 1B Mauro Gomez
Designated for assignment: RHP Alex Burnett
Removed from 40-man: RHP Dave Bush (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Casey Beck, RHP Randy Boone, RHP Kramer Champlin, RHP Shawn Griffith, RHP Fernando Hernandez, RHP Bobby Korecky, RHP Chorye Spoone, LHP Willie Collazo, C Leonardo Hernandez, C Pierce Rankin, 1B Jon Talley, SS Oliver Dominguez, SS Shane Opitz, OF Nick Baligod

Washington Nationals
Signed:
SS Kelvin Gutierrez
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Jeremy Accardo, RHP Rob Gilliam, RHP Rafael Martin, RHP Shane McCatty, LHP Paul Applebee, LHP Josh Smoker, C Sean McCauley, C Beau Seabury, 3B Matt Skole, OF Wander Ramos