Minor League Transactions: Aug. 16-20

Official minor league transactions, conveyed to us by Major League Baseball, for the period Aug. 16-20.

Arizona Diamondbacks
Released:
RHP Garrett Mock
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Chaz Roe
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Andrew Potter, RHP Luis Ramirez, 3B Carter Bell, SS Chris Owings
Reinstated from DL: RHP Garrett Mock

The Pacific Coast League leader with 170 hits and 97 runs scored, Chris Owings hasn’t played a game for Triple-A Reno since Aug. 12 as he works through hamstring soreness.

Atlanta Braves
Signed:
RHP Clayvon Sambola, SS Tyler Greene (released by White Sox, Aug. 13)
Added to 40-man roster: 2B Phil Gosselin
Reinstated from DL: C Cory Brownsten

Baltimore Orioles
Recalled:
RHP Josh Stinson, 3B Danny Valencia
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Josh Stinson, OF Henry Urrutia
Placed on 7-day DL: 1B Aaron Baker
Reinstated from DL: 2B Sammie Starr

Boston Red Sox
Released:
RHP Jose Contreras
Recalled: RHP Brayan Villarreal
Added to 40-man roster: SS Xander Bogaerts
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Rubby de la Rosa, C Ryan Lavarnway, 2B Brock Holt
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Bobby Lanigan, OF Ronald Bermudez, OF Alex Hassan
Reinstated from DL: OF Manuel Margot, OF Felix Sanchez

Chicago Cubs
Recalled:
RHP Jake Arrieta
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Eduardo Sanchez
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Michael Heesch, C Cael Brockmeyer, C Chad Noble
Reinstated from DL: C Taylor Davis, C Neftali Rosario, 3B Greg Rohan

Chicago White Sox
Added to 40-man roster:
RHP Jake Petricka
Placed on 7-day DL: OF Juan Ramirez
Reinstated from DL: 1B Keon Barnum

Cincinnati Reds
Placed on 7-day DL:
RHP Chad Reineke, OF Jesse Winker
Reinstated from DL: RHP Curtis Partch, RHP Kanekoa Texeira, SS Brent Peterson

Cleveland Indians
Released:
RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Felix Sterling, SS Francisco Lindor
Reinstated from DL: C Adam Abraham

A lower back strain has sidelined top shortstop prospect Francisco Lindor, who batted .289/.407/.395 with five extra-base hits and five steals in 21 games at Double-A Akron.

Colorado Rockies
Recalled:
C Jordan Pacheco, 3B Ryan Wheeler
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Manny Corpas
Placed on 7-day DL: SS Cristhian Adames
Reinstated from DL: OF Juan Crousset

Detroit Tigers
Recalled:
LHP Jose Alvarez
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Jose Alvarez, LHP Phil Coke
Reinstated from DL: RHP Tyler Clark

Houston Astros
Signed:
OF Leonardo Heras (Mexico City (Mexican))
Added to 40-man roster: RHP David Martinez, LHP Wade LeBlanc, C Max Stassi
Optioned to Triple-A: OF Marc Krauss
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Tanner Bushue, LHP Tommy Shirley, OF Domingo Santana
Reinstated from DL: RHP R.J. Alaniz, RHP Brady Rodgers

Domingo Santana has slugged 22 homers and 22 doubles in 106 games for Double-A Corpus Christi, while batting .247/.340/.480, but he’ll miss at least a week with a hamstring injury.

Leonardo Heras, a left and center fielder, ranked second in the Mexican League with nine triples this season and batted .310/.398/.519 with 11 homers in 91 games for Mexico City. The 23-year-old lefty hitter, who’s listed at 5-foot-9, hit much better in the high altitude of his home park, posting a 1.044 OPS (45 games) compared with .791 on the road (46 games).

Kansas City Royals
Released:
C Jose Bonilla
Recalled: LHP Danny Duffy, LHP Will Smith
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Danny Duffy, LHP Will Smith
Reinstated from DL: C Jose Bonilla, C Cameron Gallagher

Los Angeles Angels
Released:
OF Danny Perales
Optioned to Triple-A: 2B Tommy Field
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Josh Judy, LHP Dustin Richardson
Placed on 60-day DL: RHP Grant Gordon, RHP Gabriel Perez, C Enyelber Vivas, OF Chad Hinshaw
Reinstated from DL: RHP Ryan Brasier, LHP Kramer Sneed

Los Angeles Dodgers
Recalled:
OF Scott Van Slyke
Optioned to Triple-A: SS Dee Gordon, OF Scott Van Slyke
Placed on 7-day DL: C John Cannon, C Damaso Espino, C Jan Vazquez, 2B Malcolm Holland
Reinstated from DL: C Gorman Erickson, C Damaso Espino

Miami Marlins
Traded:
RHP Doug Mathis to Pirates for cash considerations
Recalled: RHP Arquimedes Caminero
Added to 40-man roster: SS Gil Velazquez
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Will White, C Joel Jimenez, 2B Anthony Gomez
Reinstated from DL: RHP Doug Mathis, RHP Elih Villanueva, C Taylor Krick, C J.T. Realmuto, 3B Kevin Kouzmanoff

Milwaukee Brewers
Recalled:
1B Sean Halton
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Alfredo Figaro, RHP Donovan Hand
Option transferred: RHP Michael Olmsted (Triple-A to Double-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP R.J. Seidel, RHP Eric Semmelhack, RHP Mark Williams, LHP Chris Narveson, 3B Nick Delmonico
Reinstated from DL: RHP Cody Scarpetta, RHP Martin Viramontes, C Shawn Zarraga, 1B Garrett Cooper

Minnesota Twins
Signed:
2B Brad Boyer (St. Paul (American Association))
Released: RHP Cody Eppley
Recalled: RHP Mike Tonkin
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Kyle Gibson, 1B Chris Colabello
Option transferred: RHP Cole DeVries (high Class A to Double-A), LHP Pedro Hernandez (Triple-A to Double-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Tyler Duffey, RHP Luis Perdomo, 2B Jorge Polanco, OF Brian Dinkelman
Reinstated from DL: LHP Pedro Hernandez, 1B Mike Gonzales, OF Aaron Hicks, OF Antoan Richardson

New York Mets
Recalled:
RHP Greg Burke, C Travis d’Arnaud
Optioned to Triple-A: C Anthony Recker
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Matt Bowman, LHP John Mincone, LHP Carlos Valdez, C Kai Gronauer, 1B Brian Harrison, 1B Rhyne Hughes
Reinstated from DL: RHP Jake Kuebler, C Kai Gronauer, 1B Joe Bonfe, SS Phillip Evans

New York Yankees
Recalled:
RHP Preston Claiborne
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Preston Claiborne (twice)
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Rigoberto Arrebato, LHP Aaron Dott, 1B Matt Snyder
Transferred to 60-day DL: C Kyle Higashioka, OF Rob Segedin
Reinstated from DL: C Francisco Arcia, 3B Fu-Lin Kuo

Oakland Athletics
Signed:
LHP Mike Zagurski (released by Yankees, Aug. 15)
Recalled: LHP Tommy Milone
Removed from 40-man: SS Hiroyuki Nakajima (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Pedro Vidal, LHP Shaeffer Hall, C Ryan Lipkin

The Athletics jettisoned Japanese import Hiroyuki Nakajima from the 40-man roster after receiving good health and steady production from their infield corps of second baseman Eric Sogard, shortstop Jed Lowrie, third baseman Josh Donaldson and trade deadline pickup Alberto Callaspo. Nakajima began the year on the disabled list and hit a modest .296/.348/.382 with four homers in 81 games at Triple-A Sacramento, which wasn’t enough to get a foot in the door in Oakland—at least not yet.

While older, unheralded middle-infield imports from Japan such as Tadahito Iguchi (White Sox) and Akinori Iwakuma (Rays) found success in the U.S.*, all the big-ticket middle infielders have underwhelmed, dating back to Kazuo Matsui (Mets, three years, $20.1 million) and continuing right through Tsuyoshi Nishioka (Twins, three years, $9.25 million) and Nakajima (Athletics, two years, $6.5 million).

* Even Musenori Kawasaki (Blue Jays this year) and Kensuke Tanaka (Giants) have stuck around the big leagues as multi-position players.

Philadelphia Phillies
Recalled:
RHP Tyler Cloyd, RHP B.J. Rosenberg
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Raul Valdes

Pittsburgh Pirates
Signed:
RHP Kyle Farnsworth (released by Rays, Aug. 10)
Acquired: RHP Doug Mathis from Marlins for cash considerations
Recalled: RHP Ryan Reid
Added to 40-man roster: LHP Kris Johnson
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Kris Johnson, OF Andrew Lambo
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Brooks Brown, RHP Doug Mathis, LHP Rinku Singh, 3B Eric Wood, SS Brian Bocock, OF Jeffrey Roy, OF Oscar Tejeda
Reinstated from DL: LHP Rinku Singh, OF Brett Carroll

St. Louis Cardinals
Recalled:
LHP Tyler Lyons
Added to 40-man roster: 2B Kolten Wong
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Sam Freeman
Placed on 7-day DL: OF Adron Chambers

San Diego Padres
Signed:
LHP Arturo Lopez (Mexico City (Mexican))
Recalled: RHP Brad Boxberger
Optioned to Triple-A: C Chris Robinson
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Jorge Reyes, SS Jace Peterson, OF Brian Adams, OF Travis Jankowski
Placed on 60-day DL: SS Jalen Goree
Reinstated from DL: 1B Travis Whitmore, SS Maxx Tissenbaum

San Francisco Giants
Recalled:
RHP Jean Machi, LHP Mike Kickham
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Joe Biagini, RHP Scott Shuman, OF Jesus Galindo
Reinstated from DL: RHP Tyler Mizenko, RHP Danny Sandbrink, C Brad Moss

Seattle Mariners
Released:
C David Villasuso
Optioned to Triple-A: C Jesus Sucre
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP David Colvin, RHP Jordan Pries, RHP Brian Sweeney, LHP Roenis Elias, 1B Rich Poythress, 1B Scott Savastano
Reinstated from DL: OF Guillermo Pimentel

Tampa Bay Rays
Signed:
RHP Carlos Fisher (released by Athletics, Aug. 15)
Released: RHP Matt Swilley
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Brandon Gomes
Removed from 40-man: 2B Ryan Roberts (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Nick Sawyer, C Luke Maile
Reinstated from DL: RHP Matt Swilley

Texas Rangers
Signed:
RHP Britt Robertshaw (NDFA—Tarleton State (Texas))
Recalled: RHP Matt West
Added to 40-man roster: LHP Travis Blackley
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Justin Miller, LHP Victor Payano, RHP Ryan Bores, RHP Matt West, OF Alejandro Selen

The Rangers signed former Tarleton State (Texas) University righty Britt Robertshaw out of a tryout.

Texas recalled reliever Matt West only to shift him to the big league 60-day disabled list, which created a 40-man spot for the recently-acquired Travis Blackley. West is recovering from Tommy John surgery he had in August 2012.

Toronto Blue Jays
Recalled:
RHP Thad Weber, OF Anthony Gose
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Thad Weber (twice)
Option transferred: LHP Sean Nolin, C A.J. Jimenez (both players Double-A to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Buddy Carlyle, LHP Shane Dawson, 1B Gabe Jacobo
Reinstated from DL: LHP Matt Wright

Washington Nationals
Recalled:
OF Tyler Moore
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Ian Krol
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP David Fischer, RHP Pat Lehman
Reinstated from DL: RHP Ben Grisz, C Spencer Kieboom, OF Brian Goodwin, OF Jordan Poole