Minor League Transactions: Aug. 8-15

Official minor league transactions, conveyed to us by Major League Baseball, for the period Aug. 8-15.

Arizona Diamondbacks
Signed:
C Jake Fox (Somerset (Atlantic)), OF Joash Brodin (Long Island (Atlantic))
Recalled: RHP Chaz Roe, LHP Eury de la Rosa, LHP Tyler Skaggs, OF Tony Campana
Added to 40-man roster: 3B Matt Davidson
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP David Hernandez, RHP Zeke Spruill, LHP Tyler Skaggs
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Garrett Mock, RHP Jonathan Pulley
Reinstated from DL: RHP Matt Wright

In signing with the Diamondbacks, Jake Fox joins his sixth big league organization in five years (the others: Cubs, Athletics, Orioles, Pirates and Phillies), though he’s been scouted and signed out of the independent Atlantic League in the last two instances. He’s a career .289/.358/.541 hitter with 43 homers in 225 games at the Triple-A level, though his bat hasn’t translated to the major leagues (87 OPS+) in a part-time role. The 31-year-old Fox slammed 25 homers in 96 games for Somerset this season, savoring the chance to play regularly and using his recent walk-off exploits as a ticket back into affiliated ball.

Third baseman Matt Davidson, a supplemental first-rounder out of high school in ’09, enjoyed a huge July, homering in the Futures Game, then winning the home run derby at the Triple-A all-star game. He hit .278/.348/.484 in 108 games at Triple-A Reno this season, ranking among the Pacific Coast League leaders in extra-base hits (50) and strikeouts (123).

Atlanta Braves
Signed:
RHP Argemiro Estremor
Released: RHP Jason Rice
Recalled: SS Tyler Pastornicky
Optioned to Triple-A: OF Jose Constanza, OF Todd Cunningham
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Cory Gearrin, LHP Carlos Perez, C Shawn McGill, OF Mycal Jones
Reinstated from DL: RHP Jason Rice, RHP Ryan Weber, LHP Sean Gilmartin

Baltimore Orioles
Released:
RHP Sean Gleason
Traded: C Ronny Paulino to Tigers for cash considerations
Placed on 7-day DL: 1B Christian Walker, SS Byron Capellan
Reinstated from DL: C Ronny Paulino, OF Lew Ford

Boston Red Sox
Signed:
SS Vladimir Frias (Gateway (Frontier))
Recalled: 3B Will Middlebrooks
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Pedro Beato, RHP Steven Wright
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Yunior Ortega, RHP Mathew Price, OF Felix Sanchez
Placed on 60-day DL: 3B Jantzen Witte
Reinstated from DL: RHP Brayan Villarreal, LHP Francisco Taveras, OF Jackie Bradley, OF Pete Hissey

Chicago Cubs
Signed:
SS Alex Sanchez (NDFA—Ave Maria (Fla.))
Recalled: RHP Eduardo Sanchez
Added to 40-man roster: C J.C. Boscan, OF Darnell McDonald
Optioned to Triple-A: C J.C. Boscan
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Chang-Yong Lim, LHP Gerardo Concepcion, C Taylor Davis, C Will Remillard, C Neftali Rosario, 2B Zak Blair, 3B Josh Vitters, OF Taiwan Easterling, OF Jacob Hannemann
Reinstated from DL: RHP Eddie Orozco, RHP Ryan Searle, C Taylor Davis, C Luis Flores, 3B Josh Vitters, OF Shawon Dunston Jr.

Chicago White Sox
Signed:
SS Tommy Manzella (released by Blue Jays, Aug. 5)
Released: RHP Michael Nix, LHP Josh Romanski, SS Tyler Greene
Recalled: OF Avisail Garcia, OF Blake Tekotte
Added to 40-man roster: LHP Charlie Leesman
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Charlie Leesman, SS Leury Garcia
Placed on 7-day DL: SS Tyler Saladino, SS Carlos Sanchez
Reinstated from DL: RHP Henry Mabee, LHP Spencer Arroyo, OF Jimmy Gallagher

Speedy utilityman Leury Garcia, formerly of the Rangers, joined the White Sox organization as the player to be named acquired for Alex Rios. He promptly reported to Triple-A Charlotte.

Cincinnati Reds
Signed:
LHP Zach Duke (re-signed)
Optioned to Triple-A: OF Derrick Robinson
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Curtis Partch, RHP Kanekoa Texeira, RHP Loek Van Mil, LHP Ryan Dennick, C Matt Kennelly, OF Phillip Ervin, OF Donald Lutz
Reinstated from DL: RHP Kevin Arico

Reds 2013 first-rounder Phillip Ervin’s loud debut in the Midwest League was interrupted by a sprained wrist that sent him to the disabled list. Through 12 games at low Class A Dayton, he batted .349/.451/.465 with a homer and six RBIs.

Cleveland Indians
Signed:
1B David Cooper (released by Blue Jays, March 13)
Released: RHP Fabio Martinez, OF Aaron Siliga
Recalled: RHP Carlos Carrasco, RHP Preston Guilmet
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Preston Guilmet
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Rob Bryson, RHP Cody Penny, C Adam Abraham, 1B David Cooper, OF Bo Greenwell
Reinstated from DL: RHP Cody Penny, RHP Bryce Stowell, LHP Geoff Davenport, LHP Francisco Jimenez, SS Yhoxian Medina

Colorado Rockies
Signed:
RHP Tony Bryant (NDFA—Oregon State), C Alex San Juan (NDFA—Miami)
Released: RHP Will Rankin
Recalled: LHP Christian Friedrich
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Jeff Manship
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Josh Mueller, RHP Matt Pierpont, 1B Dean Espy
Reinstated from DL: RHP Ryan Buch, LHP Tyler Anderson, LHP Christian Friedrich

Detroit Tigers
Acquired:
C Ronny Paulino from Orioles for cash considerations
Recalled: C Bryan Holaday
Optioned to Triple-A: 2B Hernan Perez
Reinstated from DL: LHP Matt Hoffman

Houston Astros
Traded:
LHP Travis Blackley to Rangers for cash considerations
Recalled: SS Marwin Gonzalez
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Phil Humber, LHP Kevin Chapman
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Jorge De Leon, OF Trevor Crowe
Removed from 40-man: LHP Travis Blackley (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP R.J. Alaniz, RHP Brady Rodgers
Reinstated from DL: SS Jio Mier

Kansas City Royals
Signed:
RHP Matt Alvarez (NDFA—Boston College)
Released: C Adam Moore
Recalled: LHP Donnie Joseph, LHP Will Smith, SS Irving Falu
Added to 40-man roster: LHP Francisley Bueno
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Francisley Bueno, LHP Danny Duffy, LHP Donnie Joseph, LHP Will Smith, SS Irving Falu
Option transferred: LHP John Lamb (high Class A to Triple-A)
Removed from 40-man: C Brett Hayes (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: C Cameron Gallagher, 1B Jared Schlehuber, 2B Chase Lambin, OF Roman Hernandez
Reinstated from DL: RHP Angel Baez, LHP Ryan Verdugo, OF Edinson Rincon

Los Angeles Angels
Signed:
LHP Dontrelle Willis (Long Island (Atlantic))
Recalled: SS Andrew Romine
Added to 40-man roster: LHP Buddy Boshers
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Tommy Hanson
Optioned to Double-A: LHP Nick Maronde
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Jake Boyd, RHP Brandon Efferson, RHP Robbie Powell, RHP Reid Scoggins, SS Pedro Toribio
Placed on 60-day DL: LHP Ivan Melo
Reinstated from DL: RHP Jake Boyd, RHP Ty Kelley, RHP Mike Piazza, LHP Tyler DeLoach, 2B Luis Rodriguez, 3B Luis Jimenez

The Angels have raided the independent leagues in recent weeks to add organizational depth, signing Cyle Hankerd, Andy Marte, Jason Urquidez and Dontrelle Willis from the Atlantic League and righty Drew Rucinski from the Frontier League.

Los Angeles Dodgers
Released:
3B Ian Stewart
Traded: LHP Miguel Sulbaran to Twins as player to be named for C Drew Butera
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Alan Garcia, RHP Hector Nelo, RHP Luis Vasquez, C Dashenko Ricardo, SS Ozzie Martinez, OF Bobby Coyle, OF Ryan Mount
Reinstated from DL: RHP Ralston Cash, RHP Blake Johnson, C John Cannon, C Dashenko Ricardo, 1B O’Koyea Dickson, 2B Elevys Gonzalez, OF Robbie Garvey

Miami Marlins
Added to 40-man roster:
C Koyie Hill
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Steve Ames, C Rob Brantly
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Ramon Del Orbe, RHP Jay Jackson, C J.T. Realmuto, 2B Yefri Perez, 3B Kevin Kouzmanoff
Reinstated from DL: RHP Brian Ellington, RHP Tyler Kinley, OF Jake Smolinski

Low Class A Greensboro righty Ramon Del Orbe required surgery to reduce swelling and pressure in his head after he sustained multiple skull fractures in a game against West Virginia. Power right fielder Josh Bell lined a ball off the pitcher’s head.

Milwaukee Brewers
Recalled:
2B Scooter Gennett
Optioned to Triple-A: OF Caleb Gindl
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Damien Magnifico, 1B Garrett Cooper, SS Blake Davis
Reinstated from DL: RHP Eric Arnett, RHP Eric Semmelhack, 2B Jose Sermo, OF Tyrone Taylor

Minnesota Twins
Acquired:
LHP Miguel Sulbaran from Dodgers as player to be named for C Drew Butera
Recalled: RHP Liam Hendriks
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Liam Hendriks, OF Darin Mastroianni
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP J.O. Berrios, RHP Kyle Davies, LHP Andrew Ferreira, SS Aderlin Mejia, OF Aaron Hicks
Reinstated from DL: RHP Cole DeVries, RHP Kohl Stewart

The Twins’ under-the-radar July 31 trade of Drew Butera yielded a 19-year-old, four-pitch lefty with solid peripherals at low Class A this season. Miguel Sulbaran throws a live high-80s, low-90s fastball and can spin a quality curveball, and in 93 innings at Great Lakes this season he struck out 85 batters (8.3 SO.9), walked 27 (2.6 BB/9) and allowed just three home runs.

A right elbow contusion (courtesy of a comebacker) has landed low Class A righty J.O. Berrios on the disabled list. Triple-A Rochester center fielder Aaron Hicks can blame a right heel bruise on his recent DL stint. He was hitting .209/.292/.233 through 12 games at the time of the injury.

New York Mets
Option transferred:
C Travis d’Arnaud (Double-A to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Luis Cessa, RHP Jake Kuebler, OF Greg Pron
Reinstated from DL: LHP Zach Dotson, OF Stephan Sabol

New York Yankees
Signed:
RHP Edwin Fierro (Campeche (Mexican))
Released: LHP Mike Zagurski, SS Francisco Rosario
Recalled: RHP Dellin Betances
Added to 40-man roster: LHP David Huff
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Dellin Betances, 3B David Adams
Removed from 40-man: 3B Brent Lillibridge (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Mark Montgomery, LHP Dietrich Enns, LHP Freddy Lewis, C Nick McCoy, OF Shane Brown, OF Slade Heathcott
Transferred to 60-day DL: RHP Cory Arbiso
Reinstated from DL: RHP Luis Niebla, LHP Freddy Lewis, C Jackson Valera, 3B Dante Bichette Jr.

Double-A Trenton center fielder Slade Heathcott probably will miss the balance of the season after coming down with an injury described by the Yankees as tendinopathy in his right knee. The 22-year-old, ’09 first-rounder hit .261/.327/.411 with eight homers and 15 steals in 103 games for the Thunder.

Oakland Athletics
Signed:
RHP Drew Carpenter (released by Angels, Aug. 2), RHP Jesus Castillo (Reynosa (Mexican))
Released: RHP Carlos Fisher
Recalled: RHP Sonny Gray
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Evan Scribner
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Tucker Healy, C Reynaldo Mateo, 1B Michael Soto
Reinstated from DL: 3B Chad Pinder

Philadelphia Phillies
Signed:
RHP Jordan Elliott (Washington (Frontier)), RHP Chris Motta (NDFA—Concordia (N.Y.)), LHP Ryan Demmin (Normal (Frontier))
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Seth Rosin
Reinstated from DL: SS Miguel Abreu

Pittsburgh Pirates
Signed:
C Kelly Shoppach (released by Nationals, July 31)
Released: RHP Jeff Gibbs
Added to 40-man roster: OF Andrew Lambo
Optioned to Triple-A: OF Alex Presley
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Ethan Hollingsworth, RHP Kurt Yacko, 3B Kelson Brown
Reinstated from DL: RHP Kenn Kasparek, RHP Kevin Kleis, OF Francisco Aponte

Corner outfielder Andrew Lambo ranked runner-up in the minors with 31 homers (for Triple-A Indianapolis and Double-A Altoona) at the time the Pirates promoted him. The 25-year-old mustered a total of 33 homers in four season from 2009 through ’12, so to say this breakthrough season was unexpected would be an understatement. Scouts like Lambo’s fluid lefty swing, so perhaps he has turned the corner.

St. Louis Cardinals
Released:
RHP Hansel de los Santos, OF Jimmy Parque
Recalled: RHP Carlos Martinez, RHP Michael Wacha, LHP Sam Freeman, 3B Jermaine Curtis
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Michael Blazek, RHP Carlos Martinez, 3B Jermaine Curtis, OF Adron Chambers
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Sam Tuivailala, SS Jake Lemmerman
Reinstated from DL: LHP Jay Voss, 3B Tyler Rahmatulla, OF Ronald Castillo

San Diego Padres
Signed:
OF Bridger Hunt (Newark (Can-Am))
Released: 2B Anthony Contreras
Recalled: OF Jaff Decker
Added to 40-man roster: C Chris Robinson
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Ruben Mejia, RHP Matt Shepherd, OF Mike Wilson
Placed on 60-day DL: RHP Jace Chancellor, RHP Chris Long
Reinstated from DL: RHP Joe Church, RHP Dan Cortes, RHP Ruben Mejia, RHP Genison Reyes, 2B Jonathan Galvez

San Francisco Giants
Released:
RHP Omar Javier
Recalled: C Hector Sanchez
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Jean Machi
Removed from 40-man: C Guillermo Quiroz (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Edward Concepcion, RHP Jacob Dunnington, RHP E.J. Encinosa, RHP Daryl Maday, RHP Tyler Mizenko, RHP Luis Rojas, RHP Danny Sandbrink, RHP Hunter Strickland, LHP Steven Snodgrass, C Matt Pare, 2B Ydwin Villegas, SS Matt Duffy
Reinstated from DL: RHP Martin Agosta, RHP Daryl Maday, LHP Bryce Bandilla, LHP Ryan Bradley, 1B Angel Villalona, OF Jesus Galindo

Seattle Mariners
Placed on 7-day DL:
RHP Trevor Miller, RHP Luke Taylor, SS Erick Mejia, OF Nathan Melendres
Reinstated from DL: RHP Blake Hauser, RHP Moises Hernandez, RHP Trevor Miller, 3B Leury Bonilla, OF Brett Thomas

Tampa Bay Rays
Signed:
RHP Jared Mortensen (Grand Prairie (American Association)), RHP Gerardo Reyes (NDFA—Galveston (Texas) JC), RHP Brad Schreiber (NDFA—Purdue), RHP Joe Van Meter (released by Rangers, Aug. 6)
Released: OF Charles Epperson
Recalled: RHP Josh Lueke
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Josh Lueke
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Jake Floethe, RHP Roberto Gomez, LHP Sean Bierman
Reinstated from DL: LHP Grayson Garvin, OF Charles Epperson, OF Taylor Motter

Mortensen is the perfect example of the kind of player independent baseball can help. He went 12-2, 1.67 with two saves in 113 innings as a senior with NAIA Louisiana State-Shreveport in 2012, but the Abbotsford, B.C., native didn’t get drafted because he was sitting 87-89 mph as a 5-foot-11 righthander. Playing for Grand Prairie of the American Association, Mortensen’s velocity has ticked up to 90-94 mph while he’s continued to get results (4-6, 3.76 with 102 strikeouts in 100 innings). The Rays signed him with the plan of moving him to the bullpen, with the hope that his fastball may tick up another notch. (J.J. Cooper)

Texas Rangers
Signed:
OF Kalian Sams (released by Padres, July 18)
Released: LHP Zach Brill, OF Manny Ramirez
Acquired: LHP Travis Blackley from Astros for cash considerations
Optioned to Triple-A: OF Engel Beltre, OF Joey Butler
Placed on 7-day DL: C Eli Whiteside, OF Alejandro Selen
Reinstated from DL: RHP Ryan Rodebaugh, 3B Joey Gallo, OF Nick Williams

Toronto Blue Jays
Recalled:
RHP Todd Redmond, RHP Mickey Storey, RHP Thad Weber, SS Munenori Kawasaki
Added to 40-man roster: OF Kevin Pillar
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Drew Hutchison, RHP Mickey Storey
Option transferred: RHP Kyle Drabek (Double-A to Triple-A), RHP Chad Jenkins (Triple-A to Double-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Tim Brechbuehler, RHP Shawn Griffith, SS Dickie Joe Thon, OF Nick Baligod
Reinstated from DL: RHP Javier Avendano, RHP Chad Jenkins, RHP Casey Lawrence, RHP Drew Permison, RHP Chorye Spoone, C Pierce Rankin, SS Amadeo Zazueta

Washington Nationals
Signed:
C Geoff Perrott (17th round from Rice)
Released:
C Mike Albaladejo
Recalled: RHP Drew Storen
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Ryan Mattheus
Placed on 7-day DL: C Geoff Perrott, OF Jimmy VanOstrand
Reinstated from DL: RHP Pat Lehman, C Carlos Maldonado