Minor League Transactions: Aug. 15-21

Potential September callups Dylan Bundy and Micah Johnson land on the disabled list. Also, thumbnail scouting reports for recent trade acquisitions Blake Cooper (Cubs) and Jesmuel Valentin (Phillies).

Official minor league transactions, conveyed to Baseball America by Major League Baseball, for the period Aug. 15-21.


Arizona Diamondbacks
Released:
OF Aaron Cunningham, OF Blake Tekotte
Traded: RHP Blake Cooper to Cubs for OF Brett Jackson
Recalled: RHP Bradin Hagens, RHP Will Harris
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Bradin Hagens, OF Brett Jackson
Removed from 40-man: RHP Bradin Hagens (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: C Michael Branigan
Reinstated from DL: RHP Mark Serrano, RHP Bryan Woodall, C Michael Perez, C Jose Queliz, OF Danny Dorn


Atlanta Braves
Signed:
RHP Joe Gardner (Lancaster (Atlantic)), 2B Donnie Murphy (released by Reds, Aug. 12), OF Raysheandall Michel
Released: 2B Patrick Dorrian
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Tyler Brosius, RHP Cody Scarpetta, RHP Ryan Weber, RHP Alex Wilson, LHP Chris Diaz, C Christian Bethancourt, 2B Gerald Chin, 2B Jose Peraza, SS Tyler Pastornicky, OF David Nick
Reinstated from DL: RHP Alex Wilson, C Jose Yepez, 1B Seth Loman, OF Joey Meneses

Two of the Braves top prospects hit the disabled list at the same time, Triple-A Gwinnett catcher Christian Bethancourt (left hand contusion after foul tip) and Double-A second baseman Jose Peraza (left groin strain).

The Braves released 2014 12th-rounder Patrick Dorrian, a second baseman who attended Kingston (N.Y.) High but did not appear in a pro game.

Curacaon center fielder Raysheandall Michel starred at the recent Senior League World Series, with the 16-year-old hitting a rare home run at the event.


Baltimore Orioles
Option transferred:
RHP Miguel Gonzalez (Triple-A to Double-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Jesse Beal, RHP Dylan Bundy, RHP Alexander Santana, RHP Austin Urban, LHP Tim Berry, LHP Jake Pettit, C Pedro Perez
Reinstated from DL: RHP Matt Price, LHP Jeong-Hyeon Yoon, C Steel Russell

Righthander Dylan Bundy’s return from Tommy John surgery has been a mixed bag. He hasn’t exactly dominated at high Class A Frederick, logging a 4.78 ERA, 1.56 WHIP and 5.1 strikeouts per nine innings through six starts, but at least his recent trip to the disabled list does not involve to his arm. He strained his right lat muscle, according to the Orioles.


Boston Red Sox
Recalled:
RHP Steven Wright, OF Mookie Betts, OF Alex Hassan
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Steven Wright, C Dan Butler, OF Jackie Bradley, OF Alex Hassan
Removed from 40-man: OF Corey Brown (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: C Matt Spring, 2B Aneury Tavarez, SS Mike McCoy
Reinstated from DL: LHP Jalen Beeks, LHP Michael Gunn, 2B Sean Coyle, 2B Ryan Roberts


Chicago Cubs
Traded:
OF Brett Jackson to Diamondbacks for RHP Blake Cooper
Recalled: RHP Blake Parker, RHP Dan Straily, LHP Zac Rosscup, 2B Logan Watkins, OF Matt Szczur
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Blake Parker, RHP Dan Straily, OF Junior Lake
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Lendy Castillo, RHP Zak Hermans, RHP Tyler Skulina, C Luis Flores, 3B Mike Olt, OF Josh Vitters
Reinstated from DL: RHP Eduardo Figueroa, RHP James Pugliese, RHP Dae-Eun Rhee, RHP Tony Zych, LHP Jeffry Antigua, C Lance Rymel, OF Gonzalez Balaguert

The Cubs traded 2009 first-rounder Brett Jackson and his high-power, low-contact approach to the Diamondbacks for righthander Blake Cooper. The 26-year-old reliever throws a low-90s sinker and a good changeup he has used to hold minor league lefthanders—mostly in the Double-A Southern League—to a .197 average this season.


Chicago White Sox
Recalled:
LHP Eric Surkamp
Designated for assignment: LHP Charlie Leesman
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Bryan Blough, RHP Erik Johnson, LHP Ben Brewster, LHP Frank de los Santos, 2B Micah Johnson, 3B Jeremy Farrell
Reinstated from DL: RHP Adam Lopez, RHP Matt Zaleski, C Luis Sierra, OF Grant Buckner

A lingering left hamstring strain pushed Triple-A Charlotte second baseman Micah Johnson to the disabled list and seemingly removed him from consideration for a September callup. He hit .275/.314/.370 with 17 extra-base hits and 12 steals in 65 games for the Knights following an in-season promotion from Double-A Birmingham.

Righthander Erik Johnson’s season came to a merciful end when the White Sox placed him on the Triple-A Charlotte disabled list with shoulder fatigue. He ran up a 6.46 ERA in five April starts for Chicago and did not right the ship at Charlotte, going 5-7, 6.73 in 20 starts while striking out 5.4 per nine innings and allowing a 1.80 WHIP.


Cincinnati Reds
Signed:
OF Ryan LaMarre (re-signed)
Recalled: RHP Curtis Partch, RHP Chad Rogers, LHP David Holmberg
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Dylan Axelrod, RHP Pedro Villarreal
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Dylan Axelrod, RHP Carlos Contreras, RHP J.J. Hoover, RHP Curtis Partch, C Tucker Barnhart
Removed from 40-man: RHP Chad Rogers (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Ismael Guillon, OF Ryan LaMarre, OF Thomas Neal
Reinstated from DL: RHP Mikey O’Brien, 2B Ray Chang, OF Junior Arias


Cleveland Indians
Signed:
RHP Antonio Romero
Recalled: RHP Danny Salazar, OF Tyler Holt
Optioned to Triple-A: OF Tyler Holt
Option transferred: LHP Nick Maronde (short-season to Double-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Joseph Colon
Reinstated from DL: 2B Joe Wendle


Colorado Rockies
Recalled:
RHP Brooks Brown, 1B Ben Paulsen
Added to 40-man roster: 1B Matt McBride
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Yohan Flande, 1B Ben Paulsen (twice)
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP James Houser, SS Rosell Herrera, OF Mike Tauchman
Reinstated from DL: RHP Joel Payamps, SS Alec Mehrten


Detroit Tigers
Added to 40-man roster:
RHP Jim Johnson
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Melvin Mercedes
Option transferred: RHP Chad Smith (Triple-A to Double-A)
Removed from 40-man: RHP Kevin Whelan (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Tanner Bailey, RHP Tyler Clark
Reinstated from DL: C Duncan McAlpine


Houston Astros
Recalled:
LHP Kevin Chapman
Optioned to Triple-A: OF L.J. Hoes
Reinstated from DL: RHP David Martinez, RHP Ross Seaton
Assigned to Arizona Fall League: RHP R.J. Alaniz


Kansas City Royals
Placed on 7-day DL:
RHP Ashton Goudeau, RHP Andrew Triggs, C Micah Gibbs, SS Jack Lopez, OF Edinson Rincon
Reinstated from DL: RHP Sugar Ray Marimon, RHP Brooks Pounders, RHP Jose Rodriguez, C Luis Villegas, 2B Justin Trapp, OF Brett Eibner, OF Cristhian Vasquez


Los Angeles Angels
Recalled:
RHP Cam Bedrosian
Added to 40-man roster: LHP Wade LeBlanc
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Vinnie Pestano, OF Brennan Boesch
Placed on 7-day DL: C Anderson de la Rosa, 1B Ryan Seiz, OF Ranyelmy Alberto
Reinstated from DL: RHP Kyler Newby


Los Angeles Dodgers
Signed:
RHP Anthony Slama (Southern Maryland (Atlantic))
Acquired: RHP Justin Germano from Rangers for cash
Traded: 2B Jesmuel Valentin to Phillies as one of two players to be named for RHP Roberto Hernandez
Recalled: RHP Pedro Baez, SS Erisbel Arruebarrena, SS Carlos Triunfel
Optioned to Triple-A: SS Carlos Triunfel
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Victor Arano, RHP Greg Harris, RHP Raydel Sanchez, RHP Matt Shelton, LHP Jarret Martin, C Johnny Monell, 3B Steve Proscia, SS Erisbel Arruebarrena, SS Delvis Morales
Reinstated from DL: RHP Jhan Marinez, RHP William Soto, LHP Luis De Paula, C Gorman Erickson, C Alberto Rosario, 2B Brandon Dixon, 2B Leo Rodriguez, SS Erisbel Arruebarrena, OF Roger Bernadina


Miami Marlins
Signed:
LHP Nick Fuller (NDFA—Massachusetts-Dartmouth), C Chadd Krist (released by Cubs, Aug. 13)
Released: OF Victor Castro
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Anthony DeSclafani
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Robert Morey, RHP Dustin Moseley, LHP Donnie Joseph, LHP Michael Smith, C Sharif Othman, SS Justin Bohn, OF Alfredo Silverio
Reinstated from DL: LHP Sean Townsley, OF Austin Dean


Milwaukee Brewers
Signed:
RHP Billy Buckner (released by Padres, Aug. 2), RHP Jon Huizinga
Released: OF Kevin Mattison
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Victor Diaz, RHP Kyle Heckathorn, RHP Damien Magnifico, SS Hector Gomez
Reinstated from DL: C Lucas May

Eleven years passed between appearances in affiliated ball for 34-year-old, sidearming righthander Jon Huizinga. The Brewers signed him to pitch in relief at high Class A Brevard County after he had a good workout for Milwaukee’s assistant pitching coordinator. Huizinga also pitched in the Brewers system in 2003, making 23 appearances at low Class A Beloit.

Prior to signing with the Brewers, Huizinga spent a decade in six different independent leagues ranging from the Frontier League and American Association to defunct outfits such as the Freedom, Golden and North American leagues. The most recent entry on his résumé: player/coach in the Freedom League in 2012-13.


Minnesota Twins
Released:
RHP Carson Goldsmith, OF Jake Proctor, OF Lance Ray
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Yohan Pino
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Onesimo Hernandez, LHP Pat Dean, LHP Josue Montanez, OF Mike Kvasnicka, OF Chris Rahl
Reinstated from DL: RHP D.J. Baxendale, RHP Carson Goldsmith, RHP Onesimo Hernandez, RHP Zack Jones, LHP Mason Melotakis, 3B Brandon Waring, OF Dutch Deol, OF Jake Proctor, OF Lance Ray


New York Mets
Signed:
OF Bobby Abreu (re-signed)
Released: RHP Matt Budgell
Recalled: RHP Gonzalez Germen
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Miller Diaz
Placed on 60-day DL: RHP Luis Mateo
Reinstated from DL: C Kai Gronauer, 1B Jon Leroux


New York Yankees
Signed:
RHP Wilking Rodriguez (released by Royals, Aug. 11)
Recalled: 3B Zelous Wheeler
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Chase Whitley, C Austin Romine
Option transferred: LHP Manny Banuelos (Double-A to Triple-A)
Removed from 40-man: RHP Chris Leroux (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Matt Daley, RHP Jairo Heredia, RHP Wilking Rodriguez, C Tyson Blaser, C Jose Gil, 1B Matt Snyder, 2B Angelo Gumbs, 3B Jose Toussen
Placed on 60-day DL: OF Frank Frias
Reinstated from DL: RHP Caleb Cotham, RHP Luis Severino, C J.R. Murphy, 3B Scott Sizemore, OF Claudio Custodio


Oakland Athletics
Recalled:
SS Andy Parrino
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Dan Otero
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Jake Sanchez, OF Brett Vertigan


Philadelphia Phillies
Released:
LHP Jo-Jo Reyes
Acquired: 2B Jesmuel Valentin from Dodgers as one of two players to be named for RHP Roberto Hernandez
Placed on 7-day DL: SS Anthony Phillips

The Phillies promoted second baseman Jesmuel Valentin to high Class A Clearwater after acquiring the 2012 supplemental first-rounder from the Dodgers. The son of former major league shortstop Jose Valentin, he’s a steady defender at the keystone who switch-hits and can handle the bat, projecting as a fringe hitter with multi-positional potential. Valentin hit .280/.349/.430 with seven homers and 24 steals in 108 games at low Class A Great Lakes prior to the trade.


Pittsburgh Pirates
Signed:
RHP Matt Nevarez (Wichita (American Association))
Recalled: 3B Brent Morel
Optioned to Triple-A: 3B Brent Morel, SS Michael Martinez
Designated for assignment: 1B Matt Hague (lost on waivers to Blue Jays)
Removed from 40-man: RHP Wirfin Obispo (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Pat Ludwig, LHP Adam Wilk, C Nevin Ashley, SS Blake Davis, SS JaCoby Jones, SS Drew Maggi, OF Josh Bell
Placed on 60-day DL: C Andrew Dennis
Reinstated from DL: RHP Joan Montero, C Francisco Diaz, C Ralph Henriquez, 1B Matt Curry

A left knee contusion forced Double-A Altoona right fielder Josh Bell to the disabled list, interrupting a breakout season for 22-year-old. In 24 games for the Curve, he hit .287/.343/.309 with two doubles and four steals.


St. Louis Cardinals
Recalled:
RHP Carlos Martinez, SS Greg Garcia
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Kevin Siegrist
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Zach Loraine, RHP Chris Perry, RHP Chris Thomas, LHP John Gast, OF Vaughn Bryan
Reinstated from DL: RHP David Aardsma, OF Luis Perez


San Diego Padres
Released:
RHP Hector Ambriz
Added to 40-man roster: LHP Frank Garces
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Robbie Erlin, 2B Jace Peterson
Optioned to Double-A: RHP Jesse Hahn
Option transferred: OF Yeison Asencio (Double-A to Triple-A)
Designated for assignment: LHP Bobby LaFromboise, 2B Brooks Conrad
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Jeff Ibarra
Placed on 60-day DL: SS Nick Vilter
Reinstated from DL: 1B Jason Hagerty, SS Jake Lemmerman, OF Edwin Moreno


San Francisco Giants
Signed:
RHP Michael Heller (Bisbee (Pecos))
Recalled: RHP George Kontos
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Kyle Crick, RHP Ian Gardeck, LHP Nick Sabo, 3B Sam Mende, 3B Adalberto Santos, OF Chris Lofton, OF Cristian Paulino
Transferred to 60-day DL: RHP Ariel Hernandez, LHP Keurin Feliz, C Jesus Navarro, OF Mac Williamson
Reinstated from DL: RHP Jordan Johnson, LHP Ryan Bradley, LHP Joe Kurrasch, LHP Jack Snodgrass, C Leo Rojas, C Eric Sim, 1B Brian Ragira, 3B Brandon Bednar

A bout of back stiffness forced Double-A Richmond righthander Kyle Crick to the disabled list. He has gone 6-7, 3.83 in 22 starts and ranks among the Eastern League leaders in both strikeouts (109) and walks (60).


Seattle Mariners
Released:
RHP Matt Palmer
Recalled: LHP Roenis Elias
Optioned to Triple-A: OF James Jones
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Richard Vargas, LHP Nick Valenza, C Steve Baron, C Toby Demello, 1B Jesus Montero, 2B Bryan Brito, OF Austin Wilson
Reinstated from DL: RHP Brett Shankin, RHP Carson Smith, LHP Jordan Shipers, SS Gabriel Noriega


Tampa Bay Rays
Released:
RHP Yomelbin Almonte
Recalled: 1B Vince Belnome
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Brandon Gomes, 1B Vince Belnome
Option transferred: RHP Cory Burns (Double-A to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Doug Mathis, 3B Ty Young


Texas Rangers
Released:
1B Carlos Pena
Traded: RHP Justin Germano to Dodgers for cash
Recalled: LHP Robbie Ross
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Jon Edwards
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Nate Adcock, LHP Robbie Ross
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Corey Knebel, RHP Cole Wiper, 2B Edwin Garcia, OF Chris Garia, OF Drew Robinson
Reinstated from DL: RHP Pat Kaminska, RHP Cody Kendall, RHP Scott Richmond, RHP Ricardo Rodriguez, 1B Carlos Pena, OF Chris Grayson


Toronto Blue Jays
Released:
RHP Mickey Storey
Recalled: RHP Kyle Drabek
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Chad Jenkins, 1B Matt Hague (claimed on waivers from Pirates), OF Anthony Gose
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Hunter Carnevale, C Yusuf Carter, C Luis Munoz, 2B Andy Fermin, 3B Jared Goedert, 3B Andy LaRoche, OF Cory Aldridge
Reinstated from DL: RHP Blake McFarland, LHP Griffin Murphy, 2B Dickie Joe Thon, SS Emilio Guerrero, OF Dalton Pompey


Washington Nationals
Signed:
LHP Gerald de la Cruz, OF Nate Schierholtz (released by Cubs, Aug. 13), OF Edwin Ventura
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Aaron Barrett, RHP Andrew Cooper, RHP Blake Treinen, LHP Brandon Sisk, LHP Joey Webb, C Jeff Howell
Reinstated from DL: RHP John Costa, RHP Omar Poveda, RHP Manny Rodriguez, RHP Austin Voth, OF Destin Hood

Triple-A Syracuse righthander Blake Treinen will not miss much time after sleeping on his arm wrong, according to the Nationals.