Minor League Transactions: Aug. 1-7

A pair of pitching prospects deal with shoulder woes as the finish line to the minor league season nears. Also, a second Diamondbacks prospect acquired at the trade deadline heads to the disabled list.

Official minor league transactions, conveyed to Baseball America by Major League Baseball, for the period Aug. 1-7.

Arizona Diamondbacks
Signed:
LHP Clayton Richard, OF Xavier Paul (released by Orioles, Aug. 4)
Released: RHP Justin Fitzgerald
Traded: RHP Mike Lee to Blue Jays for cash
Acquired: OF Blake Tekotte from White Sox for cash
Recalled: OF Alfredo Marte
Added to 40-man roster: 3B Jake Lamb
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Bo Schultz, SS Nick Ahmed, OF Roger Kieschnick
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Brent Jones, RHP Rodrigo Takahashi, LHP Clayton Richard, C Pete O’Brien, C Michael Perez, C Jose Queliz
Reinstated from DL: RHP Justin Fitzgerald

Catcher/right fielder Pete O’Brien played just four games at Double-A Mobile before hitting the disabled list. He went 5-for-13 (.385) with a homer after joining the organization in the Martin Prado trade with the Yankees. Fellow deadline acquisition Mitch Haniger (from the Gerardo Parra trade with the Brewers) also landed on the Mobile DL.


Atlanta Braves
Signed:
C Robert Tavone (NDFA—Urbana (Ohio))
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Atahualpa Severino, LHP Ian Thomas, C Anthony Nunez, 1B Tanner Krietemeier
Reinstated from DL: C Nathan Hass


Baltimore Orioles
Signed:
LHP Joe Saunders (released by Royals, July 29)
Released: LHP Clay Rapada, OF Xavier Paul
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Ryan Webb
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Jason Gurka, OF Michael Burgess
Reinstated from DL: RHP Suk-Min Yoon


Boston Red Sox
Recalled:
RHP Heath Hembree, RHP Anthony Ranaudo, RHP Alex Wilson, RHP Steven Wright, LHP Tommy Layne, C Dan Butler, OF Mookie Betts
Added to 40-man roster: OF Corey Brown
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Anthony Ranaudo, RHP Alex Wilson, RHP Steven Wright, OF Mookie Betts
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP William Cuevas, C Zach Kapstein, C Jordan Weems, 2B Ryan Roberts, OF Forrestt Allday
Reinstated from DL: RHP Jose Valdez, RHP Brayan Villarreal, C Danny Bethea, C Leonel Escobar, C Simon Gravel, SS Jose Vinicio, OF Bryce Brentz


Chicago Cubs
Released:
SS Giuseppe Papaccio
Recalled: RHP Blake Parker
Added to 40-man roster: 2B Javier Baez, 2B Chris Valaika
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Blake Parker
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Zach Cates, RHP Eduardo Figueroa, RHP James Pugliese, 2B Jonathan Mota
Reinstated from DL: RHP C.J. Edwards, RHP James Farris, RHP Dillon Maples, 2B Danny Lockhart, SS Elliot Soto, OF Anthony Giansanti, OF Manny Ramirez


Chicago White Sox
Traded:
OF Blake Tekotte to Diamondbacks for cash
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Maikel Cleto
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Andre Rienzo, RHP Taylor Thompson
Option transferred: OF Jared Mitchell (Double-A to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Zach Isler, RHP Matt Zaleski, C Luis Sierra, 3B Nick Basto, OF Christian Marrero
Reinstated from DL: RHP David Cales, LHP Charlie Leesman


Cincinnati Reds
Released:
RHP Elvin Ramirez, LHP Scott Maine, LHP Ryan Rowland-Smith, C David Vidal
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Curtis Partch, 2B Jake Elmore (waiver claim from Athletics)
Removed from 40-man: RHP Nick Christiani (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Mikey O’Brien, 2B Donnie Murphy, OF Gabriel Rosa
Placed on 60-day DL: RHP Ross Ismail
Reinstated from DL: RHP Nick Christiani, RHP Drew Cisco, RHP Tim Crabbe, RHP Evan Mitchell, RHP Chad Rogers, OF Jonathan Reynoso


Cleveland Indians
Signed:
C Dusty Brown (released by Athletics, July 21), SS Jaime Pedroza (Lancaster (Atlantic))
Traded: RHP Vinnie Pestano to Angels for RHP Mike Clevinger
Recalled: RHP C.C. Lee, RHP Josh Tomlin, LHP T.J. House, OF Tyler Holt
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Austin Adams, RHP Zach McAllister, RHP Danny Salazar, OF Tyler Holt
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Scott Peoples, C Chris Wallace, C Tony Wolters
Reinstated from DL: RHP Shaun Marcum


Colorado Rockies
Signed:
LHP James Houser (Monclova (Mexican))
Released: LHP Evan DeLuca
Recalled: RHP Brooks Brown, RHP Juan Nicasio
Added to 40-man roster: OF Jason Pridie
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Brooks Brown, LHP Pedro Hernandez
Removed from 40-man: LHP Pedro Hernandez (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Greg Burke, LHP Pedro Hernandez, C Will Swanner, SS Alec Mehrten
Reinstated from DL: RHP Rafael Betancourt, RHP Jefri Hernandez, C Jose Gonzalez, OF Evan Frey


Detroit Tigers
Signed:
RHP Jim Johnson (released by Athletics, Aug. 1)
Added to 40-man roster: OF Ezequiel Carrera
Reinstated from DL: C Shane Zeile


Houston Astros
Signed:
OF Jorge Martinez (released by Indians, July 27)
Recalled: RHP Brad Peacock, OF Domingo Santana
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Mike Foltynewicz
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Paul Clemens
Option transferred: LHP Luis Cruz (Double-A to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Kyle Weiland
Reinstated from DL: OF Danry Vasquez


Kansas City Royals
Option transferred:
RHP Blake Wood, 3B Cheslor Cuthbert (both players Double-A to Triple-A)
Removed from 40-man: C Brett Hayes (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Michael Mariot, RHP Clayton Mortensen, C Luis Villegas, 2B Justin Trapp
Reinstated from DL: LHP Tripp Davis, OF Lane Adams, OF Alfredo Escalera-Maldonado


Los Angeles Angels
Released:
C Luis Martinez
Traded: RHP Mike Clevinger to Indians for RHP Vinnie Pestano
Recalled: RHP Cam Bedrosian, RHP Fernando Salas, LHP Michael Roth
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Vinnie Pestano, 3B Ryan Wheeler (waiver claim from Rockies), OF J.B. Shuck
Optioned to Double-A: LHP Michael Roth
Designated for assignment: 2B Tommy Field (lost on waivers to Pirates)
Removed from 40-man: RHP David Carpenter (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Kyler Newby, RHP Garrett Nuss


Los Angeles Dodgers
Signed:
RHP Bruce Billings (released by Yankees, Aug. 2)
Recalled: RHP Pedro Baez, LHP Paco Rodriguez
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Carlos Frias
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Lindsey Caughel
Reinstated from DL: RHP Luis Chirinos, RHP Raydel Sanchez, C John Cannon, 2B Jesmuel Valentin, OF Hank Yates


Miami Marlins
Signed:
RHP Ramon Oviedo (released by Phillies, Aug. 2), RHP Keivi Rojas, C Welbin Bautista, SS Marcos Rivera, OF Travis Brewster (NDFA—Grayson County (Texas) CC), OF John Norwood (NDFA—Vanderbilt)
Released: OF Matt Angle
Recalled: LHP Brian Flynn, LHP Dan Jennings
Removed from 40-man: LHP Donnie Joseph (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: OF Alex Burg, OF Austin Dean, OF Alfredo Silverio
Reinstated from DL: LHP Chipper Smith, OF Brian Bogusevic

Norwood hit the game-winning home run for Vanderbilt in the third and final game of the College World Series Finals. A junior, he had not been drafted but signed Aug. 2 with the Marlins for $275,000. Norwood, a 12th-round pick out of high school in 2011 by the Blue Jays out of Seton Hall Prep in Orange, N.J., had a strong summer in the Cape Cod League, batting .324/.351/.493 with three home runs in 71 at-bats for Cotuit. He impressed scouts in the Cape with his bat speed and solid center field ability. “He’s not just a guy that hit a home run in the World Series,” Cotuit manager Mike Roberts told BA’s Aaron Fitt. “I think this guy is really a late bloomer. I think he’s got a chance to play in the big leagues.” (JM)


Milwaukee Brewers
Released:
RHP Drew Ghelfi
Acquired: RHP Jay Jackson from Pirates for cash
Recalled: RHP Rob Wooten, SS Irving Falu
Removed from 40-man: SS Irving Falu (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Tanner Poppe, C Paul Eshleman, C Lucas May
Reinstated from DL: 2B Josh Prince, OF Johnny Davis, OF Jeremy Hermida


Minnesota Twins
Optioned to Triple-A:
LHP Logan Darnell
Option transferred: LHP Edgar Ibarra (Triple-A to Double-A), OF Aaron Hicks (Double-A to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Jose Berrios, RHP Matt Summers, LHP Mason Melotakis
Placed on 60-day DL: OF Roberto Gonzalez
Transferred to 60-day DL: LHP Onas Farfan
Reinstated from DL: RHP Leonel Zazueta, C Chris Herrmann, 3B Taylor White, OF Zach Granite

Double-A New Britain righthander Jose Berrios missed about 12 days between starts with shoulder tightness. He left his July 29 start in the second inning but returned in time to start on Aug. 10. In five starts for the Rock Cats, Berrios has gone 1-3, 4.18 with 15 strikeouts, seven walks and 16 hits allowed in 24 innings.


New York Mets
Released:
RHP Taylor Whitenton, 2B Rylan Sandoval
Traded: RHP Hunter Carnevale to Blue Jays for cash
Recalled: OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis
Option transferred: SS Wilfredo Tovar (high Class A to Double-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Giancarlo Alvarado, RHP Jeremy Hefner
Placed on 60-day DL: RHP Eucebio Arias, C Darryl Knight
Reinstated from DL: RHP Ryan Fraser, RHP Tim Peterson, RHP Taylor Whitenton, 1B Brandon Allen, 1B Jon Leroux, OF Maikis de la Cruz, OF Hengelbert Rojas


New York Yankees
Released:
RHP Bruce Billings
Recalled: RHP Matt Daley
Added to 40-man roster: LHP Rich Hill
Optioned to Triple-A: 3B Zelous Wheeler, OF Zoilo Almonte
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Luis Severino, C Jose Gil, C Wes Wilson, 2B Corban Joseph, 3B Jose Toussen, SS John Murphy, OF Adonis Garcia
Placed on 60-day DL: RHP Corey Holmes
Reinstated from DL: RHP Brady Lail, RHP Branden Pinder, LHP Rich Hill, C Kyle Higashioka, 1B Mike Ford, 1B Matt Snyder, OF Dustin Fowler, OF Ericson Leonora


Oakland Athletics
Signed:
C Luis Martinez (released by Angels, Aug. 2)
Released: C Luis Exposito, 3B B.A. Vollmuth
Recalled: 1B Nate Freiman
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Evan Scribner

The Athletics released 2011 third-rounder B.A. Vollmuth after he hit .207/.278/.341 with nine home runs in 99 games at low Class A Beloit. A shortstop at Southern Mississippi—where he replaced the injured Brian Dozier in the lineup and helped the Golden Eagles reach the 2009 College World Series—he migrated to third base in pro ball and actually settled more at first base this season. Unlike Dozier, Vollmuth never tapped into his power as a pro. He struck out 28 percent of the time while hitting .230 and slugging .404 in two attempts (and 838 plate appearances) at high Class A Stockton, not showing the feel to hit or power to make it as a corner infielder.


Philadelphia Phillies
Signed:
OF Tony Gwynn Jr. (re-signed)
Released: RHP Ramon Oviedo
Recalled: RHP David Buchanan
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Hector Neris, RHP Sean O’Sullivan, LHP Cesar Jimenez
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Phillippe Aumont, RHP Hector Neris
Option transferred: RHP Miguel Gonzalez (Double-A to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Ethan Stewart
Reinstated from DL: RHP Perci Garner


Pittsburgh Pirates
Signed:
RHP Cory Rhodes (NDFA—King (Tenn.))
Released: RHP Andres Mendoza, RHP Robby Rowland, LHP Angel Sanchez
Traded: RHP Jay Jackson to Brewers for cash
Optioned to Triple-A: 3B Brent Morel
Removed from 40-man: RHP Josh Wall, SS Dean Anna (both players outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: C Francisco Diaz, 1B Matt Curry, OF Jeff Roy
Reinstated from DL: RHP Jake Brigham, RHP Jake Burnette, SS Chris Diaz, OF Jeff Roy


St. Louis Cardinals
Released:
RHP Joey Cuda, LHP Pedro Feliciano, LHP Danny Miranda
Recalled: OF Shane Robinson
Option transferred: SS Aledmys Diaz (Double-A to high Class A)
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Ian McKinney
Reinstated from DL: SS Aledmys Diaz


San Diego Padres
Released:
RHP Billy Buckner
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Matt Branham, RHP Tayron Guerrero, C Rodney Daal, C Adolfo Reina, 1B Jason Hagerty, OF Corey Adamson
Placed on 60-day DL: LHP Thomas Dorminy, 3B Chase Jensen, OF Euri Minaya
Reinstated from DL: RHP Matt Branham, RHP Tony Rizzotti, C John Nester, OF Luis Domoromo


San Francisco Giants
Signed:
RHP Nolan Riggs (NDFA—Sam Houston State)
Added to 40-man roster: 2B Matt Duffy, OF Jarrett Parker
Optioned to Triple-A: OF Jarrett Parker
Optioned to Double-A: 2B Matt Duffy
Removed from 40-man: 2B Nick Noonan, OF Tyler Colvin (both players outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Kendry Flores, RHP Cody Hall, LHP Ryan Bradley, LHP Jose De Paula, LHP Mason McVay, LHP Jack Snodgrass, C Matt Pare, C Eric Sim, 1B Brian Ragira, 3B Brandon Bednar, OF Jesus Galindo, OF Brett Krill
Reinstated from DL: RHP Tyler Mizenko, LHP Ryan Bradley, 1B Ryan Tuntland


Seattle Mariners
Signed:
LHP Joselito Cano (released by Rays, July 25)
Recalled: RHP Blake Beavan
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Roenis Elias, OF James Jones, OF Stefen Romero
Removed from 40-man: RHP Blake Beavan (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Matt Anderson, RHP Brett Shankin
Reinstated from DL: RHP Matt Palmer, LHP Nick Hill, 3B Joe DeCarlo, OF Austin Wilson


Tampa Bay Rays
Signed:
C Mark Clark (NDFA—Southside HS, Fort Smith, Ark.)
Released: RHP Luis Cabrera, 1B Jonathan Freemyer, 2B Jayson Nix
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Ryne Stanek, SS Darryl George
Reinstated from DL: RHP Jake Thompson

The Rays placed high Class A Charlotte righthander Ryne Stanek on the disabled list with shoulder fatigue. The 2013 first-rounder from Arkansas missed time at the outset of the season and has gone 4-5, 4.04 with a 1.37 WHIP in 11 starts, striking out 49 and walking 17 in 56 innings at two Class A levels.


Texas Rangers
Released:
RHP Randol Rojas
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Phil Klein
Removed from 40-man: LHP Ryan Feierabend (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Phil Irwin, RHP Ricardo Rodriguez, 1B Carlos Pena, OF Chris Grayson, OF Ryan Strausborger
Reinstated from DL: RHP Wilmer Font, RHP Randol Rojas, LHP Sam Stafford, 2B Jason Donald, OF Ryan Cordell


Toronto Blue Jays
Signed:
C George Kottaras (released by Cardinals, July 29)
Acquired: RHP Hunter Carnevale from Mets and RHP Mike Lee from Diamondbacks for cash
Recalled: LHP Rob Rasmussen
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Rob Rasmussen
Removed from 40-man: OF Cole Gillespie (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Radhames Liz, LHP John Anderson, LHP Griffin Murphy, LHP Tyler Ybarra, C A.J. Jimenez, C Santiago Nessy, SS Emilio Guerrero, SS Dickie Joe Thon, OF Chaz Frank, OF Dalton Pompey
Placed on 60-day DL: RHP Patrick Murphy
Reinstated from DL: RHP Roberto Osuna, LHP Richard Bleier, C Yusuf Carter, C Mike Nickeas, C Chris Schaeffer, OF Melky Mesa, OF Dwight Smith Jr.


Washington Nationals
Released:
RHP Warner Madrigal, RHP Josh Roenicke, 3B Justin Miller
Recalled: RHP Taylor Jordan, C Sandy Leon, OF Steven Souza
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Aaron Barrett, RHP Blake Treinen, C Sandy Leon
Option transferred: OF Michael Taylor (Double-A to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Wirkin Estevez, C Mitch Canham, 3B Justin Miller
Reinstated from DL: RHP Taylor Jordan, RHP Sam Runion, RHP Wander Suero, 2B Cutter Dykstra, 3B Rick Hague, 3B Justin Miller