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Minor League Transactions: Aug. 7-13

This time: Aug. 7-13

Here we present official minor league transactions, conveyed to us by Major League Baseball, for the period Aug. 7-13.

Any player listed with an asterisk (*) signed a minor league contract with the organization after being removed from the 40-man roster and clearing waivers.

Arizona Diamondbacks
Signed:
RHP Brett Tomko (released by Reds), 3B Matt Mangini (released by Rays)
Released: RHP Gaby Hernandez
Acquired: 2B Tyler Kuhn from White Sox for cash considerations
Recalled: RHP Brad Bergesen, RHP Bryan Shaw
Added to 40-man roster: 2B Jake Elmore
Removed from 40-man: LHP Mike Zagurski (outrighted to Triple-A)

Atlanta Braves
Signed:
RHP Jordany Santana
Released: OF Chase Larsson
Placed on 7-day DL: C Christian Bethancourt, C Braeden Schlehuber, OF Tim Smith
Reinstated from DL: RHP Caleb Brewer, OF Chase Larsson

Baltimore Orioles
Signed:
LHP Ronald Schreurs (NDFA—Broward (Fla.) CC)
Released: RHP Ken Wise
Traded: SS Carlos Rojas to Indians for LHP J.C. Romero
Recalled: RHP Steve Johnson, RHP Miguel Socolovich
Added to 40-man roster: SS Manny Machado
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Steve Johnson, RHP Miguel Socolovich, LHP Zach Britton
Removed from 40-man: OF Endy Chavez (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: 1B Christian Walker, OF Travis Adair, OF Trent Mummey
Placed on 60-day DL: 1B Nik Balog
Reinstated from DL: RHP David Baker, RHP Jaime Esquivel, LHP Jorge Rivera, C Chris Robinson

With the Orioles in the thick of the wild-card chase, they probably would have called up Manny Machado when rosters expand in September—so why not bring him up a few weeks early when he's clearly seeing the ball well with Double-A Bowie? (The 20-year-old batted .275/.365/.505 with 11 extra-base hits and 11 walks in 25 games since the Eastern League all-star game, and he led off last week's Prospect Hot Sheet.) That line of thinking has paid off for Machado and the Orioles, as the young infielder kicked off his career by batting 6-for-16 with three homers, a double and a triple in a four-game set against the Royals.

Boston Red Sox
Draft pick signed:
OF Kevin Heller (40)
Released: RHP Justin Erasmus, RHP Ruben Flores
Recalled: RHP Clayton Mortensen, 3B Danny Valencia
Optioned to Triple-A: OF Ryan Kalish
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Jeremiah Bayer, RHP Tony Pena Jr., LHP Zach Good, SS Jose Vinicio, OF Kendrick Perkins, OF Seth Schwindenhammer
Reinstated from DL: RHP Ruben Flores, C Jayson Hernandez, C Roberto Reyes

Third baseman Danny Valencia went 3-for-7 with a pair of doubles for Triple-A Pawtucket prior to being recalled to replace rookie Will Middlebrooks (broken wrist), who replaced Kevin Youkilis.

Chicago Cubs
Signed:
RHP Seth McClung (released by Brewers)
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Michael Bowden, LHP Brooks Raley
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Scott Maine, LHP Brooks Raley
Option transferred: OF Jorge Soler (Rookie-level AZL to low Class A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Jake Brigham, RHP Zach Cates, RHP Casey Coleman, RHP Kenny Socorro, 1B Danny Hoilman, OF Dong-Yub Kim
Reinstated from DL: LHP Matt Spencer, SS Elliot Soto, OF Jae-Hoon Ha

After being outrighted off the 40-man roster in June, righty reliever Michael Bowden earned himself another look in Chicago by keeping lefty batters in check while with Triple-A Iowa, allowing them to hit just 9-for-49 (.184) with seven walks and zero extra-base hits. Lefties put up a .965 OPS against Bowden when he pitched in the International League in ’11.

Chicago White Sox
Released:
RHP Nevin Griffith
Traded: 2B Tyler Kuhn to Diamondbacks for cash considerations
Recalled: LHP Donnie Veal
Added to 40-man roster: OF Dewayne Wise
Optioned to Triple-A: OF Jordan Danks
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Kyle Bellamy, C Damaso Espino, 1B Jimmy Gallagher, 3B Brent Morel, OF Kenny Williams Jr.
Reinstated from DL: LHP Charlie Leesman, 1B Seth Loman, SS Tommy Manzella

Cincinnati Reds
Optioned to Triple-A:
C Dioner Navarro
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Justice French, RHP Mitch Green, LHP Tanner Robles, 1B Bill Rhinehart
Placed on 60-day DL: 3B Gabriel Rosa

Cleveland Indians
Released:
RHP Jason Knapp
Traded: LHP J.C. Romero to Orioles for SS Carlos Rojas
Recalled: RHP Frank Herrmann, SS Jason Donald
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Kyle Petter, C Adam Abraham
Reinstated from DL: RHP Jason Knapp, RHP Bryce Stowell, 2B Matt Lawson

Veteran minor league utility infielder Carlos Rojas can field the shortstop position, but the 28-year-old's .537 career OPS at the Triple-A level says a lot about his offensive upside.

Jason Donald showed some power and patience for Triple-A Columbus, batting .277/.365/.441 in 256 at-bats, but his recall can take only so much sting out of Cleveland's decision to release 21-year-old righty Jason Knapp. Along with Carlos Carrasco, Knapp was one of the most prized acquisitions from the trade that sent Cliff Lee from the Indians to the Phillies in July ’09. (Donald and Lou Marson also joined Cleveland in the transaction.) Of course, Carrasco is recovering from Tommy John surgery this season, while Knapp took just 13 starts for the Indians organization, assailed by chronic shoulder problems that have kept him out of action for nearly two years.

Colorado Rockies
Signed:
RHP Jeff Marquez (released by Mariners)
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Will Harris
Reinstated from DL: RHP John Reid, 1B Kiel Roling

Detroit Tigers
Signed:
OF Don Kelly*
Released: LHP Fu-Te Ni, OF Matt Young
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Duane Below
Removed from 40-man: OF Don Kelly (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: 2B Devon Travis
Reinstated from DL: LHP Fu-Te Ni, C Zach Maggard, 3B Matt Perry, OF Ben Guez

Houston Astros
Released:
1B Kody Hinze
Recalled: OF Fernando Martinez
Added to 40-man roster: OF Brandon Barnes
Optioned to Triple-A: C Carlos Corporan, 3B Matt Downs, OF J.D. Martinez
Designated for assignment: RHP Juan Abreu
Removed from 40-man: SS Brian Bixler (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Josh Zeid, C Ben Heath, 3B Rafael Valenzuela, OF Travis Buck, OF Mike Kvasnicka
Transferred to 60-day DL: LHP Kilby Pena
Reinstated from DL: RHP Erick Abreu, SS Jio Mier, OF Jay Austin, OF Mike Kvasnicka, OF Austin Wates

Fernando Martinez quietly had his healthiest, most productive season as a pro, batting .314/.367/.507 with 13 homers and 23 doubles in 373 plate appearances for Triple-A Oklahoma City. The 23-year-old still showed a dramatic lefty/righty platoon split (.956 OPS vs. righties; .699 vs. lefties), but he's already proven to be an astute waiver claim for a team in full rebuild mode.

In fact, Martinez is one of six players claimed on waivers currently on Houston's active 25-man roster. The others: righthanders Chuckie Fick, Lucas Harrell and Wilton Lopez; first baseman Steve Pearce and outfielder Justin Maxwell. (Matt Downs and Mark Hamburger also lurk on the 40-man roster.) Utility infielder Tyler Greene joined the Astros in a cash transaction triggered by a waiver claim, while Rhiner Cruz, Marwin Gonzalez and Wesley Wright joined the organization as Rule 5 draft picks. Xavier Cedeno, Armando Galarraga, Scott Moore and Fernando Rodriguez all signed minor league deals. Perhaps no other team exemplifies the maxim that one man's trash is another's treasure.

Kansas City Royals
Placed on 7-day DL:
RHP Yordano Ventura, OF Jorge Bonifacio
Reinstated from DL: RHP Patrick Keating, RHP Tim Melville, LHP Justin Marks, C Tyler Smith

Los Angeles Angels
Signed:
RHP Tony Pena (released by White Sox last October)
Released: RHP Francisco Rodriguez, C Robinzon Diaz, OF Adam Heether
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Steve Geltz
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP David Carpenter
Placed on 7-day DL: 2B Alex Yarbrough
Reinstated from DL: RHP Brandon Lodge, SS Kevin Moesquit, OF Doug Deeds

Los Angeles Dodgers
Signed:
RHP Joe Robinson (NDFA—Nevada-Las Vegas), RHP Riley Welch (NDFA—Hawaii), 1B Jake Chaplin (NDFA—Haverford (Pa.)), OF Bobby Abreu*, OF Tony Gwynn Jr.*
Recalled: 2B Elian Herrera
Optioned to Triple-A: OF Jerry Sands
Removed from 40-man: OF Bobby Abreu, OF Tony Gwynn Jr. (both players outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Angel Guzman, RHP Will Savage, C Selme Angulo, C Steve Cilladi, C Steve Domecus, 2B Scott Wingo, OF Bobby Abreu
Placed on 60-day DL: RHP Matt Reckling, 2B Zach Babitt
Reinstated from DL: RHP Gustavo Gomez, LHP Jarret Martin, C Steve Cilladi, C Chris O'Brien, OF Joey Winker

Miami Marlins
Released:
RHP Bryan Berglund
Added to 40-man roster: C Rob Brantly
Optioned to Triple-A: C Brett Hayes
Reinstated from DL: RHP Blake Logan, RHP Chris Squires

Bryan Berglund flunked a test for the stimulant Methylhexeanamine, earning the ’09 second-rounder a 50-game suspension as well as his release from the Marlins organization. Miami received all of 11 2/3 innings from Berglund, all of which he logged this season with short-season Jamestown. He signed late in his draft year and didn't play, then spent all of 2010-11 on the disabled list.

Milwaukee Brewers
Recalled:
SS Jeff Bianchi
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Johnny Hellweg, LHP Jed Bradley, LHP Mitch Stetter
Reinstated from DL: LHP Philippe Valiquette, C Dayton Buller, OF Logan Schafer

Minnesota Twins
Released:
RHP Eric Hurley
Optioned to Triple-A: 2B Tsuyoshi Nishioka
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Justin Gallant, RHP Marty Popham, LHP Pat Dean, 3B Sean Burroughs
Reinstated from DL: RHP Kyle Gibson, RHP Cole Johnson, RHP Anthony Slama

New York Mets
Signed:
RHP Drew Carpenter (elected free agency from Blue Jays)
Added to 40-man roster: LHP Garrett Olson
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Elvin Ramirez
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Rafael Montero, RHP Scott Patterson, RHP Tyler Pill
Reinstated from DL: RHP Brandon Moore, RHP Dylan Owen

New York Yankees
Signed:
RHP Zach Woods (New Jersey (Can-Am)), LHP Rich Mascheri (Normal (Frontier))
Released: RHP Ricky Orta, 1B Russ Branyan
Recalled: RHP Ryota Igarashi
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Ryota Igarashi
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Fred Lewis, C Gustavo Molina, C Jackson Valera
Placed on 60-day DL: RHP Kelvin Castro
Transferred to 60-day DL: RHP Wilton Rodriguez, RHP Zach Varce
Reinstated from DL: RHP Caleb Cotham, RHP Ricky Orta, LHP Shaeffer Hall, LHP Kramer Sneed, 1B Russ Branyan, 3B Casey Stevenson, OF Abe Almonte

Oakland Athletics
Released:
RHP Chad Kerfoot, 1B Josh Leyland
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Pedro Figueroa
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Julio Ramos, C Ryan Lipkin, 1B Josh Whitaker
Reinstated from DL: RHP Chad Kerfoot, RHP Blake Treinen, 3B Miles Head, OF Mitch LeVier

Philadelphia Phillies
Recalled:
3B Hector Luna
Option transferred: OF Tyson Gillies (high Class A to Double-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Garett Claypool, LHP Jim Birmingham, 2B Tug Hulett
Reinstated from DL: RHP Matt Campbell, RHP Drew Naylor, OF Derrick Mitchell

Pittsburgh Pirates
Signed:
3B Dallas McPherson (released by White Sox)
Recalled: LHP Jeff Locke
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Jared Hughes, OF Alex Presley
Option transferred: RHP Kyle McPherson (Double-A to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Logan Kensing

St. Louis Cardinals
Signed:
2B Lance Zawadzki (released by Braves)
Added to 40-man roster: SS Ryan Jackson
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP John Gast, C Jesus Montero, 1B Matt Adams, OF Roberto Reyes
Reinstated from DL: RHP Travis Miller, 3B Colin Walsh

San Diego Padres
Recalled:
RHP Cory Burns, C Nick Hundley
Optioned to Triple-A: C Eddy Rodriguez
Removed from 40-man: RHP Kip Wells (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Daniel Sarria, C Rodney Daal, 3B Jedd Gyorko, 3B Duanel Jones
Placed on 60-day DL: RHP Uber Paz
Reinstated from DL: RHP Casey Kelly, RHP Dennis O'Grady, LHP Jeff Ibarra, C Jason Hagerty, C Roman Solis, 2B Tyler Stubblefield, SS Stephen Carmon

San Francisco Giants
Optioned to Triple-A:
1B Brett Pill
Placed on 7-day DL: C Myles Schroder, C Eliezer Zambrano, SS Matt Duffy, OF Mike Mergenthaler
Transferred to 60-day DL: LHP Mitchell Beacom
Reinstated from DL: RHP Demondre Arnold, RHP Heath Hembree, LHP Gaspar Santiago, 1B Wes Hodges, 1B Bryan Nicholson, OF Andrew Cain, OF Wendell Fairley, OF Rafael Rodriguez

Seattle Mariners
Released:
RHP Matt Fox, C Ralph Henriquez
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Moises Hernandez, SS Chris Taylor, OF Kalian Sams
Reinstated from DL: RHP Jonathan Arias, RHP Jordan Pries, 3B Ramon Morla

Tampa Bay Rays
Released:
3B Matt Mangini
Removed from 40-man: 3B Brooks Conrad (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Bryan Augenstein, RHP Jason McEachern
Reinstated from DL: RHP Bryan Augenstein

Texas Rangers
Signed:
C Robinzon Diaz (released by Angels)
Recalled: C Luis Martinez
Removed from 40-man: SS Alberto Gonzalez (outrighted to Triple-A)
Option transferred: RHP Roman Mendez (high Class A to Double-A)
Placed on 60-day DL: RHP Kyle Castro
Reinstated from DL: RHP Coby Cowgill, RHP Brett Weibley, OF Josh Richmond

Toronto Blue Jays
Released:
RHP Tim Redding
Elected free agency: RHP Drew Carpenter
Recalled: RHP David Carpenter, SS Mike McCoy
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Juan Abreu, RHP David Carpenter
Removed from 40-man: RHP Scott Richmond (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Chris Jakubauskas, LHP Evan Crawford, LHP Egan Smith, LHP Tyler Ybarra, 1B Mike McDade
Reinstated from DL: RHP Tim Redding, LHP Matt Wright, C Brian Jeroloman, C Paul Phillips

The Blue Jays claimed Juan Abreu on waivers from the Astros, reuniting him with former Houston organization-mate David Carpenter in the Triple-A Las Vegas bullpen. The two righthanders both pitched for the Astros' Triple-A Oklahoma City affiliate this season and last.

Washington Nationals
Released:
RHP Austin Bibens-Dirkx
Removed from 40-man: LHP Atahualpa Severino (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Mitch Atkins, C Sam Palace, 2B Hendry Jimenez, 2B Manny Mayorson
Reinstated from DL: RHP Zech Zinicola, 1B Chris Marrero, 2B Cutter Dykstra, 3B Anthony Rendon, OF Destin Hood, OF Brandon Miller

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