Minor League Transactions: Aug. 25-30

The calm before the storm of September callups . . .

Arizona Diamondbacks
Released: RHP Jeff Bennett
Removed from 40-man: SS Cody Ransom (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: 1B Juan Miranda, OF Michael Restovich
Reinstated from DL: C Robby Hammock

Atlanta Braves
Placed on 60-day DL: LHP Dimasther Delgado, LHP Rowdy Hardy
Reinstated from DL: RHP Yeliar Castro, RHP Erik Cordier, 3B Shawn Bowman

Baltimore Orioles
Signed:
OF Felix Pie*
Recalled: LHP Mark Hendrickson
Removed from 40-man: OF Felix Pie (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Matt Hobgood, C Zach Booker, 1B Tyler Townsend, SS Greg Miclat

Boston Red Sox
Signed:
LHP Trever Miller
Recalled: RHP Scott Atchison, RHP Michael Bowden
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Scott Atchison, C Ryan Lavarnway
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Joe Holtmeyer, 3B Kolbrin Vitek, SS Jason Thompson, OF Wilfred Pichardo
Reinstated from DL: RHP Matt Fox, LHP Cesar Cabral, 2B Drew Dominguez

Chicago Cubs
Signed:
RHP David Henrie (NDFA—Trinidad State (Colo.) JC)
Placed on 7-day DL: C Welington Castillo

Chicago White Sox
Recalled:
OF Dayan Viciedo
Option transferred: RHP Kyle Cofield (Double-A to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Justin Collop
Reinstated from DL: RHP Kyle Cofield

Dayan Viciedo faded in the second half of the International League season, batting .197 in July, but he showed encouraging gains in his second Triple-A season. He batted .296/.364/.491 with 20 homers and 28 doubles in 452 at-bats for Charlotte. Perhaps most encouragingly, he learned to play right field and improved his walk-to-strikeout ratio to 45-to-83.

Cincinnati Reds
Released:
RHP Derrik Lutz
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Travis Wood
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Scott Carroll, RHP Brian Pearl, 2B Henry Rodriguez, OF Josh Garton
Placed on 60-day DL: RHP Nick Fleece
Reinstated from DL: LHP Tom Cochran, 2B Jake Kahaulelio, OF Dayne Read

Cleveland Indians
Recalled:
RHP Jeanmar Gomez, LHP Nick Hagadone
Added to 40-man roster: OF Jerad Head
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Nick Hagadone, 1B Matt LaPorta
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Jason Knapp, RHP Mason Radeke
Transferred to 60-day DL: 3B Tony Mansolino
Reinstated from DL: OF Bo Greenwell

Against long odds, Jerad Head made the big leagues. He signed as a nondrafted free agent out of Washburn (Kan.) University in ’05 and then spent three seasons at the Class A level and most of the next two in Double-A. But Head's fortunes began to change in 2010. He won MVP honors in the Triple-A National Championship Game—he went 3-for-4 with two doubles and four RBIs against Tacoma—and the 28-year-old returned to Columbus this season and performed, batting .284/.338/.526 with 24 doubles and 28 homers.

Colorado Rockies
Removed from 40-man:
SS Ryan Rohlinger (outrighted to Triple-A)
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Josh Roenicke, LHP J.C. Romero
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Blake Johnson, RHP Andrew Johnston, C Beau Seabury, 1B Matt McBride, SS Warren Schaeffer
Reinstated from DL: C Dallas Tarleton, 2B Jimmy Cesario

Detroit Tigers
Recalled:
C Omir Santos, SS Danny Worth
Optioned to Triple-A: C Omir Santos, SS Danny Worth
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Jade Todd
Reinstated from DL: RHP Patrick Cooper, RHP Clemente Mendoza

Florida Marlins
Placed on 7-day DL:
RHP Zach Neal, 3B Chase Austin
Transferred to 60-day DL: RHP Walker Moore
Reinstated from DL: RHP Mike Ojala, C Jose Ceballos, 1B Jaime Ortiz

Houston Astros
Recalled:
RHP Juan Abreu
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Jose Cisnero, RHP Chris Hicks, LHP Tommy Shirley
Reinstated from DL: RHP R.J. Alaniz, RHP Jake Buchanan, 2B Jose Thompson, OF Bryce Lane

Kansas City Royals
Placed on 7-day DL:
RHP Jeremy Jeffress, RHP Mario Santiago, C Jose Bonilla
Placed on 60-day DL: RHP Chase Hentges
Reinstated from DL: C Manny Pina, 1B Juan Graterol

Los Angeles Angels
Released:
SS Adam Younger
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Eric Junge
Reinstated from DL: RHP Johnny Hellweg, SS Jean Segura

Los Angeles Dodgers
Placed on 7-day DL:
RHP Ryan Acosta, RHP Robert Chamra, C Steve Cilladi, C B.J. LaRosa, 3B Kevin Taylor, OF Brad Coon
Reinstated from DL: RHP Joey Newby, LHP Adam Dedeaux, LHP David Jensen, C Steve Domecus, C J.T. Wise

Milwaukee Brewers
Released:
LHP Randy Flores
Added to 40-man roster: 3B Taylor Green
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Tim Dillard
Reinstated from DL: RHP Blake Billings, RHP R.J. Johnson, RHP Cody Scarpetta
Assigned to Arizona Fall League: RHP Brandon Kintzler, RHP Santo Manzanillo, RHP Cody Scarpetta, LHP Jed Bradley, LHP Dan Meadows, 2B Scooter Gennett, 3B Zelous Wheeler, OF Kentrail Davis, OF Logan Schafer

Taylor Green enjoyed a huge bounceback year for Triple-A Nashville after a pair of down years following wrist surgery. He batted .377/.446/.655 with 17 homers and 26 doubles in 284 at-bats from June 1 to the time of his Aug. 26 callup, leading the Pacific Coast League in OPS in that span.

Minnesota Twins
Recalled:
LHP Scott Diamond, C Rene Rivera
Optioned to Triple-A: 2B Matt Tolbert
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Sam Spangler, LHP Mike Tarsi
Reinstated from DL: RHP Ben Tootle, LHP Clint Dempster

New York Mets
Added to 40-man roster:
RHP Miguel Batista
Optioned to Triple-A: OF Mike Baxter
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP John Church, RHP Luis Rojas
Reinstated from DL: RHP Jose de la Torre, LHP Hamilton Bennett, OF Cesar Puello, OF Travis Taijeron

New York Yankees
Optioned to Triple-A:
RHP Hector Noesi
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Aaron Dott, LHP Kei Igawa, C Ryan Baker, SS Anderson Feliz
Placed on 60-day DL: RHP Jordan Cote, RHP Dawerd Cruz, RHP Rookie Davis, RHP Joe Maher, LHP Andy Cave, SS Claudio Custodio
Reinstated from DL: C Kyle Higashioka

Oakland Athletics
Recalled:
RHP Bruce Billings, RHP Graham Godfrey, LHP Jerry Blevins, LHP Josh Outman
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Neil Wagner
Removed from 40-man: RHP Bruce Billings (outrighted to Triple-A)
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Bruce Billings, RHP Graham Godfrey, LHP Jerry Blevins, LHP Jordan Norberto
Option transferred: 1B Sean Doolittle (Triple-A to Arizona League)
Placed on 7-day DL: 3B Andy LaRoche, 3B Tony Thompson, OF Jose Crisotomo
Reinstated from DL: RHP John Meloan, RHP Sean Murphy, C Juan Nunez, 1B Sean Doolittle

Philadelphia Phillies
Signed:
OF Carlos Tocci
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Michael Schwimer, 2B Pete Orr
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Garett Claypool, RHP Rye Davis, LHP Bryan Morgado, 2B Francisco Figueroa, SS Edgar Duran, OF Brian Gump, OF Chris Lubanski
Reinstated from DL: LHP Tommy Palica, C Tim Kennelly
Assigned to Arizona Fall League: RHP Tyler Cloyd, RHP B.J. Rosenberg, RHP Colby Shreve, LHP Jacob Diekman, 1B Darin Ruf, OF Tyson Gillies

The Phillies handed out one of the highest international bonuses in organization history to Venezuelan center fielder Carlos Tocci.

Pittsburgh Pirates
Released:
OF Justin Bencsko
Optioned to Triple-A: SS Pedro Ciriaco
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Mike Crotta, C Dusty Brown
Reinstated from DL: LHP Donald Veal, C Jason Jaramillo

St. Louis Cardinals
Placed on 7-day DL:
LHP Manuel de la Cruz, 2B Greg Garcia
Placed on 60-day DL: LHP Jeff Nadeau, LHP Bob Revesz, 2B Trevor Martin
Reinstated from DL: RHP Carlos Martinez, 1B Phil Cerreto, 2B Kolten Wong

San Diego Padres
Recalled:
OF Blake Tekotte
Added to 40-man roster: SS Andy Parrino
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Erik Hamren
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Juan Herrera, LHP Jeremy Gigliotti, 2B Pat McKenna, SS Tyler Stubblefield, OF Mykal Stokes
Reinstated from DL: RHP Hayden Beard, 3B Bryan Altman, 3B Vince Belnome

San Francisco Giants
Added to 40-man roster:
LHP Eric Surkamp
Designated for assignment: LHP Clayton Tanner
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Dan Runzler
Optioned to high Class A: LHP Eric Surkamp, C Hector Sanchez
Placed on 7-day DL: C Jesus Navarro, 1B Josh Mazzola, OF Roger Kieschnick, OF James Simmons
Reinstated from DL: 2B Raynor Campbell, OF Christian Diaz

Eric Surkamp jumped from Double-A to San Francisco and made a successful big league debut (six innings, one run) on Aug. 27. The Giants opted to skip Surkamp's next start, so they optioned him to high Class A San Jose, where he stayed on rotation by starting on Sept. 1.

Seattle Mariners
Placed on 7-day DL:
RHP Trevor Miller, LHP Jordan Shipers, LHP Philippe Valiquette, C Steve Baron, 3B Matt Tuiasosopo, SS Jake Schlander
Reinstated from DL: C Jack Marder, 1B Rich Poythress, OF Matt Cerione

Tampa Bay Rays
Released:
RHP Dirk Hayhurst
Option transferred: RHP Chris Archer (Double-A to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: OF Todd Glaesmann, OF Cody Rogers
Reinstated from DL: RHP Dirk Hayhurst

After a brutal start, Chris Archer righted the ship in Double-A by going 7-4, 3.42 in his final 14 starts for Montgomery. He allowed just five homers, though his strikeout-to-walk ratio was a tenuous 70-to-51. In his first two starts for Triple-A Durham, Archer logged 13 innings while striking out 12 and allowing 11 hits, six walks and only one run.

Texas Rangers
Released:
RHP Ryan Tucker
Recalled: OF Leonys Martin
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Mark Hamburger
Placed on 7-day DL: C Robinzon Diaz
Reinstated from DL: LHP Zach Jackson, 1B Chris McGuiness, SS Leury Garcia

Cuban defector Leonys Martin batted .295/.362/.421 in 302 at-bats this season as he raced through the high minors. He collected 25 extra-base hits and 27 walks (against 38 strikeouts) in 73 games, though his power evaporated with Triple-A Round Rock, where he slugged .314.

Toronto Blue Jays
Optioned to Triple-A:
OF Darin Mastroianni
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Mike MacDonald, LHP Sam Strickland, 3B Bryan Kervin, OF Kenen Bailli, OF Eli Boike, OF Travis Snider
Placed on 60-day DL: RHP David Berryhill
Reinstated from DL: OF Mike Crouse, OF Chris Hopkins

Right wrist tendinitis cost Travis Snider a September callup. Now, he faces four to six weeks of rest. Snider debuted in the big leagues as a 20-year-old in ’08 and has not yet established himself in 232 games with the Blue Jays. He has batted .248/.307/.423 with 28 homers in 799 at-bats, but with not quite enough power (.175 slugging) to look past his strikeout rate (nearly 30 percent of at-bats).

Washington Nationals
Recalled:
1B Chris Marrero
Transferred to 60-day DL: 2B Khayyan Norfork
Reinstated from DL: C Miguel Perez, OF Randolph Oduber

 

Players listed with an asterisk (*) signed minor league contracts after either being optioned or outrighted to the minors.

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