Minor League Transactions: July 18-24

Official minor league transactions, conveyed to us by Major League Baseball, for the period July 18-24.

Arizona Diamondbacks
Signed:
OF Sawyer Carroll (Laredo (American Association))
Traded: C Chris McMurray to White Sox for cash considerations
Recalled: LHP Tyler Skaggs
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Eury de la Rosa
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Eric Smith, RHP Matt Wright, 2B David Nick
Reinstated from DL: RHP Chase Anderson, RHP Diogenes Rosario, RHP Zeke Spruill, C Chris McMurray

Atlanta Braves
Signed: RHP Javier Sanchez
Added to 40-man roster:
RHP Kameron Loe
Optioned to Triple-A: SS Tyler Pastornicky
Reinstated from DL: RHP Juan Jaime

Baltimore Orioles
Signed:
OF Dariel Alvarez
Released: OF Ray Hunnicutt
Traded: 3B Nick Delmonico to Brewers for RHP Francisco Rodriguez
Elected free agency: RHP Jair Jurrjens
Recalled: 3B Danny Valencia
Added to 40-man roster: OF Henry Urrutia
Removed from 40-man: RHP Jair Jurrjens (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Julio Rodriguez
Transferred to 60-day DL: OF Anthony Vega
Reinstated from DL: RHP Devin Jones, C Brian Ward, 1B Nik Balog, OF Eric Thames

Scouts are divided on the future potential of 24-year-old Cuban outfielder Dariel Alvarez, whom the Orioles signed last week, but he has a strong arm and an uppercut swing conducive to power.

Boston Red Sox
Signed:
RHP Brandon Lyon (released by Mets, July 9), RHP Jose Contreras (released by Pirates, July 17)
Recalled: RHP Jose de la Torre
Optioned to Triple-A: 2B Brock Holt
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Alfredo Aceves, RHP Nefi Ogando, 3B Kolbrin Vitek, OF Pete Hissey
Reinstated from DL: RHP Madison Younginer, RHP Pete Ruiz, LHP Brian Johnson, LHP Matt Maloney, C Carson Blair, OF Juan Carlos Linares

Veteran relievers Jose Contreras and Brandon Lyon might come in handy for Boston as they deal with season-ending injuries to Andrew Bailey, Joel Hanrahan and Andrew Miller.

Chicago Cubs
Signed:
RHP Henry Rodriguez (re-signed following outright assignment), LHP Al Yevoli (Washington (Frontier))
Released: RHP Larry Suarez
Traded: RHP Matt Garza to Rangers for RHP C.J. Edwards, RHP Justin Grimm, 3B Mike Olt and a player to be named
Recalled: LHP Chris Rusin, 3B Junior Lake
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Justin Grimm, 3B Mike Olt, OF Dave Sappelt
Option transferred: RHP Alberto Cabrera (Double-A to Triple-A)
Removed from 40-man: RHP Henry Rodriguez (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Ben Wells, RHP Carlos Gutierrez, LHP Gerardo Concepcion, C Rony Rodriguez, C Taylor Davis, 2B Carlos Figueroa
Reinstated from DL: RHP Dae-Eun Rhee, RHP Tayler Scott, 3B Josh Vitters, SS Edwin Maysonet, OF Jacob Hannemann

Chicago White Sox
Signed:
RHP Grant Monroe (NDFA—Duke), RHP Henry Mabee (re-signed), 1B Travis Ishikawa (elected free agency from Yankees, July 13)
Released: RHP Jeff Gray, 1B Lars Anderson, OF Brandon Short
Acquired: C Chris McMurray from Diamondbacks for cash considerations
Optioned to Triple-A: 3B Brent Morel
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Henry Mabee, C Hector Gimenez, 3B Tyler Williams, OF Jared Mitchell, OF Jimmy Gallagher
Reinstated from DL: RHP Nestor Molina, C Luis Sierra

Cincinnati Reds
Recalled:
LHP Tony Cingrani, 1B Neftali Soto
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Greg Reynolds
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Tony Cingrani, 1B Neftali Soto
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Werleen Taveras, LHP Sean Lucas, 2B Brodie Greene
Reinstated from DL: RHP Mike Dennhardt, RHP Nick Fleece, SS Zach Vincej

Minor league free agent import Greg Reynolds took advantage of a switch in Triple-A leagues, from the Pacific Coast to the International, to have his best season since 2007, the year after he went second overall in the draft. Pitching for Louisville this season, he went 10-2, 2.54 in 19 appearances (18 starts) with 5.6 strikeouts and 1.6 walks per nine innings. Reynolds never has missed many bats, but he commands four pitches and keeps the ball on the ground.

Cleveland Indians
Released:
LHP Francisco Rodriguez
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP C.C. Lee
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Boof Bonser, RHP Scott Peoples, 2B Jose Ramirez
Reinstated from DL: RHP Kyle Blair, RHP Rob Bryson, LHP Francisco Jimenez, C Charlie Valerio, C Chris Wallace

Colorado Rockies
Released:
OF Greg Golson
Recalled: RHP Mitchell Boggs, LHP Drew Pomeranz
Optioned to Triple-A: 2B Josh Rutledge
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Armando Galarraga, OF Juan Crousset
Transferred to 60-day DL: OF Jose Monzon
Reinstated from DL: RHP Cory Riordan, 1B Jordan Ribera, OF Kent Matthes

Detroit Tigers
Signed:
RHP Jair Jurrjens (elected free agency from Orioles, July 18), RHP Jeremy Bonderman (elected free agency from Mariners, July 11)
Released: RHP Derek Hankins
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Brayan Villarreal, LHP Joe Rogers, LHP Kyle Ryan
Reinstated from DL: RHP Kevin Eichhorn, LHP Kenny Faulk, C Austin Green, C Franklin Navarro, 1B Dean Green

A frequent transactions commenter with the screen name “Vincenzo” notes that the just-released Derek Hankins signed with Doosan of the Korea Baseball Organization for $100,000.

Houston Astros
Recalled:
RHP Hector Ambriz, RHP Jarred Cosart, SS Jonathan Villar
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Jamaine Cotton, RHP Matt Heidenreich
Reinstated from DL: LHP Reymin Guduan, LHP Sergio Escalona, OF Teoscar Hernandez

Kansas City Royals
Signed:
SS Pedro Ciriaco (re-signed following outright assignment)
Released: OF Chris Elder
Traded: SS Alex McClure to Marlins for OF Gorkys Hernandez
Recalled: RHP Kelvin Herrera, 2B Chris Getz
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Everett Teaford, 2B Johnny Giavotella
Option transferred: LHP Danny Duffy (Double-A to Triple-A)
Removed from 40-man: SS Pedro Ciriaco (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Sam Runion, LHP Noel Arguelles, C Adam Moore
Reinstated from DL: RHP Greg Billo, C Zane Evans, OF Chris Elder

A 25-year-old center fielder, Gorkys Hernandez hit .275/.330/.375 with 22 steals in 90 games for the Marlins’ Triple-A New Orleans affiliate. Unless he gets called up by Kansas City, he’s more or less counting down the days until minor league free agency.

Los Angeles Angels
Signed:
OF Cyle Hankerd (Southern Maryland (Atlantic))
Elected free agency: 3B Brendan Harris
Recalled: 2B Tommy Field
Optioned to Double-A: LHP Michael Roth
Removed from 40-man: 3B Brendan Harris (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Daniel Tillman, RHP Ryan Brasier, LHP Brandon Love
Reinstated from DL: RHP Lay Batista, RHP Orangel Arenas, OF Riley Good

Los Angeles Dodgers
Signed:
RHP Carlos Felix
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Carlos Marmol
Optioned to Triple-A: OF Scott Van Slyke
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Luis Meza, C Dashenko Ricardo, C Steve Cilladi, 2B Elevys Gonzalez
Reinstated from DL: 2B Rusty Ryal, OF Tony Gwynn Jr.

Miami Marlins
Released:
RHP Jordan Conley, LHP Scott Maine, OF Eddie Sappelt
Traded: OF Gorkys Hernandez to Royals for SS Alex McClure
Added to 40-man roster: OF Christian Yelich, OF Jake Marisnick
Optioned to Double-A: 2B Derek Dietrich
Placed on 7-day DL: 1B Aaron Dudley, 1B Matt Smith
Reinstated from DL: LHP Scott Maine, 3B Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B Zack Cox

An 11th-round pick in 2010 from Middle Tennessee State, Alex McClure may not have the same upside as Gorkys Hernandez, but he does have three renewal years left on his minor league contract. His defensive tools will play at Double-A, but in 111 games at that level he’s hit .213/.250/.266.

Milwaukee Brewers
Signed:
RHP Dustin Molleken (Nippon-Ham (Japan))
Traded: RHP Francisco Rodriguez to Orioles for 3B Nick Delmonico
Recalled: OF Khris Davis
Reinstated from DL: SS Ozzie Chavez

Minnesota Twins
Released:
RHP Bruce Pugh, RHP Caleb Brewer
Recalled: C Drew Butera, 1B Chris Colabello
Reinstated from DL: LHP Matt Tomshaw, 1B Mike Gonzales

New York Mets
Optioned to Triple-A:
RHP Greg Burke
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Jim Fuller, SS Phillip Evans
Reinstated from DL: RHP Tyler Vanderheiden, 2B Wilmer Flores, OF Cory Vaughn

New York Yankees
Signed:
1B Mike Ford (NDFA—Princeton)
Released: OF Brennan Boesch
Recalled: 3B David Adams, OF Melky Mesa, OF Thomas Neal
Added to 40-man roster: 2B Brent Lillibridge
Removed from 40-man: SS Alberto Gonzalez (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Sean Black, RHP Zach Arneson, LHP Aaron Dott, LHP Aaron Gates, 2B Walter Ibarra, 3B Matt Duran, OF Ben Gamel, OF Kelvin De Leon
Transferred to 60-day DL: RHP Gabe Encinas, RHP Wilton Rodriguez, RHP Zach Varce, OF Ravel Santana
Reinstated from DL: RHP Jose Ramirez, RHP Sam Demel, LHP David Huff, C Ryan Baker, C Trent Garrison, 2B Jerison Lopez, OF Ronnier Mustelier, OF Shane Brown

Oakland Athletics
Released:
LHP Jake Brown
Recalled: RHP Dan Straily
Added to 40-man roster: SS Adam Rosales
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Sonny Gray, 2B Grant Green
Designated for assignment: 3B Vinnie Catricala
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Gregory Paulino, RHP Vince Voiro, 3B Chad Pinder
Reinstated from DL: RHP Kayvon Bahramzadeh

Philadelphia Phillies
Recalled:
LHP Raul Valdes
Added to 40-man roster: SS Michael Martinez
Option transferred: 2B Cesar Hernandez (Double-A to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Chris O’Hare, C John Suomi
Reinstated from DL: LHP Adam Morgan

Pittsburgh Pirates
Released:
RHP David Jagoditsh
Recalled: RHP Vic Black
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Kevin Kleis, LHP Rinku Singh, 1B Jeff Larish, SS JaCoby Jones, OF Barrett Barnes
Reinstated from DL: LHP Dan Cevette, C Miguel Perez, 3B Kirk Singer, SS Chase d’Arnaud

St. Louis Cardinals
Recalled:
RHP Fernando Salas
Added to 40-man roster: 1B Brock Peterson
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Carlos Martinez
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Cory Jones, RHP Jordan Swagerty, OF Ronald Castillo
Reinstated from DL: RHP Logan Billbrough, LHP Tyler Melling, OF Justin Christian

San Diego Padres
Signed:
RHP Bryce Morrow (Evansville (Frontier)), RHP Eric Yardley (Trinidad (Pecos)), LHP Jason Lane (Sugar Land (Atlantic)), 3B Scott Moore (released by Athletics, July 13)
Released: RHP Matt Jackson, OF Kalian Sams
Recalled: RHP Miles Mikolas, RHP Tyson Ross
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Miles Mikolas
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Bryan Verbitsky, RHP Genison Reyes, RHP Ruben Mejia, 2B Jonathan Galvez
Placed on 60-day DL: OF Miguel Jimenez
Reinstated from DL: RHP Tayron Guerrero, 2B Anthony Contreras, 3B Gabriel Quintana, SS Jesus Merchan

San Francisco Giants
Released:
OF Kentrell Hill
Recalled: RHP Jean Machi, LHP Eric Surkamp
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Yusmeiro Petit
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP George Kontos, LHP Eric Surkamp, C Hector Sanchez
Designated for assignment: RHP Hunter Strickland
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Arturo Maltos-Garcia, RHP Edward Concepcion, RHP Lorenzo Mendoza, RHP Martin Agosta, RHP Mason Tobin, LHP Chris Fern, LHP Keurin Feliz, LHP Ryan Bradley, C Mark Wagner, C Rene Melendez, 3B Shayne Houck, SS Juan Ciriaco, SS Stephen Branca
Transferred to 60-day DL: RHP Reyes Moronta
Reinstated from DL: RHP Ariel Hernandez, RHP Danny Sandbrink, RHP Edward Concepcion, RHP Jose Valdez, RHP Martin Agosta, RHP Omar Javier, RHP Stephen Johnson, C Andrew Susac, C Tyler LaTorre, 2B Ryan Cavan, OF Francisco Peguero, OF Shawn Payne

Seattle Mariners
Signed:
OF Aaron Barbosa (NDFA—Northeastern)
Recalled: RHP Erasmo Ramirez
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Bobby LaFromboise
Reinstated from DL: C Jesus Montero

Tampa Bay Rays
Recalled:
2B Ryan Roberts
Optioned to Triple-A: 2B Ryan Roberts
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Jesse Hahn, RHP Matt Swilley, RHP Parker Markel, RHP Taylor Guerrieri
Reinstated from DL: RHP Eduar Quinonez, SS Shawn O’Malley, OF Jason Bourgeois

Top pitching prospect Taylor Guerrieri, the club’s 2011 first-rounder, had Tommy John surgery last week and won’t be at full strength until the 2015 season.

Texas Rangers
Released:
RHP Tim Kennelly, LHP Brad Mills, 3B Robbie Duran
Traded: RHP C.J. Edwards, RHP Justin Grimm, 3B Mike Olt and a player to be named to Cubs for RHP Matt Garza
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Cory Burns, RHP Justin Grimm, RHP Wilmer Font, LHP Joe Ortiz, C Robinson Chirinos
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Cody Kendall, RHP Neil Ramirez, C Eli Whiteside
Reinstated from DL: RHP John Kukuruda, C Chuck Moorman, C Fernando Vivili, 2B Guilder Rodriguez

The Rangers released Brad Mills so that he could sign Orix in Japan. The 28-year-old posted a 3.87 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 2.5 K-BB ratio at Triple-A Round Rock this season.

Just prior to their blockbuster Matt Garza trade with the Cubs, the Rangers optioned trade piece Justin Grimm to Triple-A. Just afterward they placed Double-A righty Neil Ramirez, a rumored fourth piece of the Garza deal, on the disabled list with a biceps strain.

Toronto Blue Jays
Signed:
C Brian Compton (relesed by Twins, June 11)
Released: RHP Claudio Vargas, LHP Zak Adams, OF Eugenio Velez
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Neil Wagner
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP David Bush, LHP Bobby Brosnahan, C Brian Compton, SS Jason Leblebijian
Reinstated from DL: RHP Bobby Korecky, 1B Shaun Valeriote, OF Moises Sierra

Washington Nationals
Signed:
C Matt Reistetter (NDFA—Hofstra)
Released: RHP Marcos Frias, C Erick Fernandez
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Blake Treinen, RHP Michael Sylvestri, RHP Mike Broadway, C Kris Watts, C Pedro Severino, 3B Sean Nicol, SS Wes Schill, OF Jordan Poole
Placed on 60-day DL: RHP Reynaldo Lopez
Reinstated from DL: RHP Cameron Selik, RHP Colin Bates, LHP Joel Barrientos, C Brian Jeroloman, 2B Jeff Kobernus, OF Destin Hood