Minor League Transactions: July 4-10

Official minor league transactions, conveyed to us by Major League Baseball, for the period July 4-10.

Arizona Diamondbacks
Signed:
RHP Matt Wright (Sugar Land (Atlantic)), 1B Eric Hinske (re-signed following outright assignment)
Draft pick signed: RHP Jimmie Sherfy (10)
Released: RHP Bryan Henry, LHP Alexander Carreras, OF Kerry Jenkins, OF Danny Poma
Recalled: RHP Charles Brewer, LHP Tyler Skaggs
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Charles Brewer, RHP Chaz Roe, OF Tony Campana
Removed from 40-man: 1B Eric Hinske (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Chris Capper
Reinstated from DL: LHP Keith Hessler

Atlanta Braves
Released:
RHP Billy Bullock, RHP Bryam Garcia, LHP Cole McCurry
Added to 40-man roster: OF Joey Terdoslavich
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Cory Gearrin
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Juan Jaime, RHP Navery Moore, OF Chris Edmondson
Reinstated from DL: RHP Rafael Briceno, RHP Jeremy Fitzgerald, RHP Mike Lee, LHP Carlos Perez

A second-round pick by the Twins in 2009, reliever Billy Bullock simply could not find the plate (7.2 walks per nine innings in 98 appearances) following his trade to the Braves in March 2011. Atlanta acquired Bullock from Minnesota as compensation for Rule 5 lefty Scott Diamond in March 2011.

Baltimore Orioles
Released:
RHP Oscar Melendez, RHP David Walters
Recalled: RHP Josh Stinson
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Kevin Gausman, LHP Zach Britton, 3B Alex Liddi
Designated for assignment: OF Russ Canzler
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Jose Nivar, LHP Stephen Tarpley, C Steve Clevenger, C Chase Weems
Reinstated from DL: RHP Sander Beck, RHP Williams Louico, C Ronny Paulino, C Wynston Sawyer

The Orioles worked out a trade with the designated-for-assignment Russ Canzler, sending him to the Pirates for Triple-A righthander Tim Alderson.

In another DFA trade, Baltimore acquired Italian third baseman Alex Liddi from the Mariners, sacrificing $461,800 in international bonus slot money in the exchange. (The Orioles traded their No. 2 slot for the Mariners’ No. 3.) Liddi has a track record for punishing Triple-A lefthanders, posting a .904 OPS against them at Triple-A Tacoma this season and .872 last year.

Boston Red Sox
Signed:
LHP Eric Niesen (Long Island (Atlantic)), LHP Rob Smorol (NDFA—Rutgers)
Draft picks signed: RHP K.J. Trader (39), 3B Rafael Oliveras (35), SS Mauricio Dubon (26)
Recalled: RHP Alfredo Aceves, RHP Pedro Beato, RHP Jose de la Torre, RHP Steve Wright, 2B Jonathan Diaz, 2B Brock Holt, OF Jackie Bradley
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Brandon Workman
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Alfredo Aceves, RHP Jose de la Torre, RHP Allen Webster, 2B Jonathan Diaz
Option transferred: LHP Drake Britton (Double-A to Triple-A)
Removed from 40-man: 2B Jonathan Diaz (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: 2B Bryan Johns, OF Bryce Brentz

Three players signed by Red Sox Texas area scout Jim Robinson have reached the majors this season: Ryan Pressly (a Twins Rule 5 pick), Alex Wilson and now Brandon Workman.

Chicago Cubs
Signed:
2B Edgar Gonzalez, 3B Nate Samson (Winnipeg (American Association))
Draft pick signed: RHP Brad Renner (28)
Traded: OF Scott Hairston and a player to be named to Nationals for RHP Ivan Pineyro and a player to be named
Recalled: LHP Brooks Raley
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Brooks Raley
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Carlos Martinez-Pumarino, SS Tim Saunders, OF Jacob Hannemann

Edgar Gonzalez played nine games for the Cubs’ Triple-A Iowa affiliate in 2012 before latching on with Japan’s Yomiuri Giants for the balance of the season and hitting .236/.291/.374 in 57 games. He did not appear in NPB this season.

Chicago White Sox
Signed:
RHP Jamie Patterson (NDFA—Central Alabama CC), C Hector Gimenez (re-signed following outright assignment)
Recalled: C Josh Phegley, OF Blake Tekotte
Optioned to Triple-A: OF Jordan Danks
Removed from 40-man: C Hector Gimenez (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Erik Johnson, C Mike Marjama
Reinstated from DL: RHP Jeff Gray, OF Josh Richmond

A groin strain forced Triple-A righty Erik Johnson to the disabled list, interrupting a fine three-start run in the International League in which he had struck out 18, walked six and allowed 12 hits in 16 innings.

Cincinnati Reds
Signed:
RHP Kanekoa Texeira (Bridgeport (Atlantic))
Draft picks signed: RHP P.J. Cerreto (40), RHP Zack Weiss (6), C Jarrett Freeland (15), C Morgan Lofstrom (20), OF Narciso Crook (23), OF Alex Greer (29)
Released: LHP Wilkin de la Rosa
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Michael Saunders
Reinstated from DL: RHP Armando Galarraga, RHP Robert Stephenson, C Tucker Barnhart

Cleveland Indians
Signed:
LHP Francisco Rodriguez
Released: RHP Jeffry Cleto, RHP Chris Jakubauskas, RHP Joshua Nervis, OF Tyler Booth, OF Felix Lora
Recalled: RHP Carlos Carrasco
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Preston Guilmet
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Carlos Carrasco, RHP Preston Guilmet, RHP Joe Martinez
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Jerry Gil, LHP Francisco Jimenez, 2B Cord Phelps, 3B Leonardo Castillo, OF Luigi Rodriguez
Reinstated from DL: RHP Boof Bonser, RHP Jerry Gil

Colorado Rockies
Draft pick signed:
SS Pat Valaika (9)
Released: RHP Tim Sexton
Recalled: OF Charlie Blackmon
Optioned to Triple-A: OF Corey Dickerson
Optioned to Double-A: RHP Mitchell Boggs
Option transferred: RHP Collin McHugh (Double-A to Triple-A)
Designated for assignment: RHP Joe Gardner
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Robert Brewer, RHP Michael Marbry, OF Jose Monzon
Reinstated from DL: RHP Joe Gardner, RHP Will Rankin, RHP Nick Schnaitmann, SS Reid Brignac, OF Juan Crousset

Detroit Tigers
Recalled:
RHP Evan Reed, SS Hernan Perez
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Jose Alvarez, OF Avisail Garcia
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Shawn Hill
Reinstated from DL: RHP Tommy Collier, RHP Montreal Robertson

Houston Astros
Draft pick signed:
LHP Kent Emanuel (3)
Released: C Jon Carnahan
Optioned to Triple-A: OF Jimmy Paredes
Option transferred: RHP Chia-Jen Lo (low Class A to Double-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Tyson Perez, 3B Andy Simunic, OF Teoscar Hernandez
Reinstated from DL: RHP Daniel Minor, RHP Nick Tropeano, LHP Alex Sogard, 1B Bobby Borchering

Kansas City Royals
Signed:
RHP Jason Bergmann (Sugar Land (Atlantic)), RHP Jon Fitzsimmons (NDFA—Canisius), 1B Ben Broussard (Long Island (Atlantic)), OF Chris Sweeney (NDFA—King’s (Pa.))
Released: RHP Edwin Carl, RHP Jesu Ortiz, C Josiah Atkins
Recalled: RHP Louis Coleman
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Will Smith
Removed from 40-man: LHP Francisley Bueno (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: C Zane Evans
Reinstated from DL: C Adam Moore, OF Jorge Bonifacio

Nondrafted free agent Edwin Carl, from New Mexico, turned in one of the more remarkable small-sample, short-season relief performances of recent memory, striking out 77 of 122 batters faced—that’s 63 percent—in the 2011 Pioneer League. He spent the first half of this season (25 games) at Double-A Northwest Arkansas, where he finished with a 5.60 ERA, 1.59 WHIP and home run rate of 1.8 per nine innings.

Los Angeles Angels
Signed:
RHP Drew Carpenter (released by Rockies, June 29), RHP Jonathan Van Eaton (NDFA—Memphis), C Brad Guenther (NDFA—Wayne State (Mich.))
Released: 2B Kevin Moesquit
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Lay Batista, RHP Michael Piazza, RHP A.J. Schugel, LHP Eswarlin Jimenez
Reinstated from DL: 2B Sherman Johnson, OF Zach Borenstein

Los Angeles Dodgers
Signed:
RHP Carlos Marmol (re-signed following outright assignment), 3B Ian Stewart (released by Cubs, June 25)
Draft pick signed: C Ryan Scott (30)
Released: RHP Greg Infante
Traded: RHP Steve Ames, RHP Angel Sanchez and RHP Josh Wall to Marlins for RHP Ricky Nolasco and international bonus slot four
Recalled: OF Scott Van Slyke
Optioned to Triple-A: OF Scott Van Slyke
Removed from 40-man: RHP Carlos Marmol (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Alan Garcia, RHP Blake Johnson, 2B Rusty Ryal, OF Devin Shines
Reinstated from DL: RHP Pedro Baez, RHP James Campbell, RHP Alan Garcia, RHP Javy Guerra, RHP Matt Magill, C Dashenko Ricardo, OF Bobby Coyle

Miami Marlins
Released:
RHP Jordan Smith
Traded: RHP Ricky Nolasco and international bonus slot four to Dodgers for RHP Steve Ames, RHP Angel Sanchez and RHP Josh Wall
Recalled: RHP Chris Hatcher, LHP Duane Below
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Steve Ames, RHP Chris Hatcher, RHP Tom Koehler, RHP Josh Wall
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Blake Barnes, RHP Jordan Conley, RHP Sam Dyson, RHP Rob Waite, 3B Zack Cox
Transferred to 60-day DL: LHP Hayden Fox
Reinstated from DL: RHP Matt Milroy, RHP Rigoberto Santamaria, 3B Audy Ciriaco, OF Juancito Martinez

Milwaukee Brewers
Signed:
SS Steven Halcomb (NDFA—Gonzaga)
Draft pick signed: RHP Ryan Deeter (32)
Optioned to low Class A: RHP Johnny Hellweg
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Hiram Burgos, RHP Andre Lamontagne, 1B Cody Hawn
Reinstated from DL: C Brent Dean

Rarely does a club option a player from the big leagues to low Class A, but in Johnny Hellweg’s case, the Brewers wanted to keep him on his rotation schedule. Double-A Huntsville and Triple-A Nashville had off-days, so Milwaukee sent him to nearby Appleton, Wis., to stay on target with Wisconsin of the Midwest League.

Minnesota Twins
Signed:
3B Ruar Verkerk
Released: RHP Jhon Garcia, RHP Kaleb Merck, LHP Luis Nunez, C Jhonatan Arias, 1B Curt Smith
Removed from 40-man: RHP P.J. Walters (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Cole DeVries, LHP Taylor Rogers
Reinstated from DL: RHP D.J. Baxendale, RHP Kyle Davies, RHP Jhon Garcia, RHP C.K. Irby, LHP David Hurlbut, OF Jeremias Pineda

According to the European baseball site Mister Baseball, 16-year-old Ruar Verkerk played for the farm team of the DOOR Neptunus of the Dutch major league.

New York Mets
Signed:
RHP Cody Satterwhite (Sioux City (American Association))
Draft pick signed: 1B Brandon Brosher (36)
Recalled: RHP Greg Burke, RHP Gonzalez Germen, 1B Ike Davis
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Gonzalez Germen, SS Ruben Tejada
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Juan Urbina, C Kai Gronauer, SS Gavin Cecchini, OF Greg Pron, OF Charley Thurber
Reinstated from DL: RHP Michael Fulmer, RHP Hansel Robles, OF Julio Concepcion

The Mets placed 2012 first-rounder Gavin Cecchini on the short-season Brooklyn disabled list with an ankle sprain, just as 2011 sandwich pick Michael Fulmer returned from the DL (surgery to repair torn meniscus in knee) to make his season debut at high Class A St. Lucie.

New York Yankees
Signed:
C Jose Gil (Lincoln (American Association))
Released: RHP Kelvin Perez, 3B Josh Bell
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Michael Pineda, 3B David Adams
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Shane Greene, RHP Phil Wetherell, C Francisco Arcia, C Trent Garrison, 1B Kyle Roller
Reinstated from DL: RHP John Brebbia, LHP Tim Flight, 3B Matt Duran, OF Shane Brown

Oakland Athletics
Draft pick signed:
C Iolana Akau (20)
Released: RHP Gary Daley, OF Kelvin Rojas
Recalled: RHP Dan Straily, 2B Grant Green
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Sonny Gray
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Dan Straily
Option transferred: RHP Michael Ynoa (low Class A to high Class A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Dustin Driver, C Luke Montz
Reinstated from DL: RHP Darren Byrd, RHP Nolan Sanburn, 3B Jefry Marte, 3B Josh Whitaker, SS Wilfredo Solano

Philadelphia Phillies
Released:
3B Tommy Mendonca
Recalled: OF Darin Ruf
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Luis Garcia
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Phillippe Aumont
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Kevin Brady, RHP Shane Watson, LHP Adam Morgan, 2B Gustavo Gonzalez
Reinstated from DL: RHP Nic Hanson, 2B Matt Tolbert, OF Jiwan James, OF Cameron Perkins

Pittsburgh Pirates
Draft picks signed:
RHP Buddy Borden (7), 3B Erich Weiss (11)
Released: 1B Chris Lashmet, 2B Jodaneli Carvajal, OF Jesus Vasquez
Acquired: SS Brian Bocock from Nationals as player to be named for C Brian Jeroloman
Recalled: 3B Josh Harrison
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Ryan Reid
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP George Borden, C Miguel Perez, 3B Kirk Singer, SS Chase d’Arnaud, OF Brett Carroll, OF Dan Grovatt
Reinstated from DL: RHP Chad Kuhl, SS Chris Diaz, SS Alen Hanson, OF Taylor Lewis, OF Jerry Sands

St. Louis Cardinals
Signed:
C Dante Rosenberg (NDFA—South Carolina)
Released: LHP Dail Villanueva
Added to 40-man roster: C Rob Johnson
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Michael Blazek
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Tyrell Jenkins, RHP Aidan Lucas, RHP Josh Lucas, LHP Tyler Melling
Reinstated from DL: RHP Arturo Reyes, LHP Chase Brookshire, LHP Iden Nazario, LHP Dail Villanueva

Tyrell Jenkins heads to the disabled list for the second time this season, now for high Class A Palm Beach with a back strain.

San Diego Padres
Signed:
RHP Tyler Hale (NDFA—Arizona)
Draft picks signed: RHP Tony Rizzotti (25), OF Hunter Renfroe (1)
Released: OF Fabel Filpo, OF Yair Lopez
Recalled: RHP Brad Brach, RHP Miles Mikolas
Added to 40-man roster: C Rene Rivera
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Tyson Ross, RHP Burch Smith, LHP Robbie Erlin
Reinstated from DL: OF Edwin Moreno, OF Everett Williams

San Francisco Giants
Signed:
OF Jeff Francoeur (released by Royals, July 5)
Recalled: LHP Mike Kickham, 2B Nick Noonan
Added to 40-man roster: 2B Kensuke Tanaka, OF Cole Gillespie
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Mike Kickham (twice), OF Juan Perez
Option transferred: LHP Edwin Escobar (high Class A to Double-A),SS Ehire Adrianza (Double-A to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Stephen Johnson, RHP Jose Valdez,LHP Bryce Bandilla, C Brad Moss,C Drew Stiner
Transferred to 60-day DL: RHP Paul Davis, RHP Hunter Strickland, OF Christian Diaz
Reinstated from DL: RHP Martin Agosta, RHP Derek Law, RHP Chris Marlowe, C Jesus Navarro, C Ben Turner, SS Stephen Branca, OF Juan Ciriaco, OF Brett Krill

Seattle Mariners
Signed:
RHP Josh Kinney (re-signed following outright assignment), 1B Dan Howell (NDFA—Oklahoma Baptist)
Released: 2B Keith Werman
Recalled: LHP Lucas Luetge
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Carter Capps
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP George Drullard, RHP George Mieses, LHP Danny Hultzen
Reinstated from DL: RHP Andrew Carraway, RHP Mayckol Guaipe, RHP Forrest Snow

The No. 2 overall pick in the 2011 draft, Danny Hultzen has made just two appearances since April 19 as he’s dealt with a shoulder problem. The Mariners decided to shut him down for 10 days, move him to the DL and then alter his throwing regimen and mechanics.

Tampa Bay Rays
Signed:
RHP Edgar Gomez (NDFA—Riverside (Calif.) CC)
Draft pick signed: RHP Ryne Stanek (1)
Released: OF Jiminson Natera
Option transferred: LHP Frank de los Santos (high Class A to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Corey MacDonald, RHP Eduar Quinonez, RHP Eliazer Suero, C Craig Albernaz
Reinstated from DL: RHP Colton Reavis

Texas Rangers
Signed:
OF Manny Ramirez (EDA Rhinos (Taiwan))
Draft pick signed: RHP Jarred Smith (14)
Recalled: RHP Cory Burns
Option transferred: RHP Justin Miller (Double-A to Triple-A)
Removed from 40-man: RHP Kyle McClellan (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: 3B Joey Gallo

Toronto Blue Jays
Signed:
RHP Chien-Ming Wang (re-signed following outright assignment),LHP Kelyn Jose, C Antony Fuentes
Draft picks signed: RHP Kendall Graveman (8), LHP Chad Girodo (9)
Released: RHP Myles Duvall, C Ramon Hernandez
Optioned to high Class A: RHP Kyle Drabek
Removed from 40-man: RHP Chien-Ming Wang (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Roberto Osuna, LHP Evan Crawford, 1B Luis Jimenez, OF Moises Sierra
Reinstated from DL: RHP Jeremy Jeffress, LHP Tony Davis, LHP Daniel Norris, SS Tommy Manzella

Former top prospect Kyle Drabek will rehab from his second Tommy John surgery with high Class A Dunedin.

Washington Nationals
Signed:
C Kelly Shoppach (released by Mariners, June 20)
Released:
3B Mike Costanzo
Traded: RHP Ivan Pineyro and a player to be named to Cubs for OF Scott Hairston and a player to be named
Traded: SS Brian Bocock to Pirates as player to be named for C Brian Jeroloman
Optioned to Triple-A: C Jhonatan Solano, OF Tyler Moore
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Blake Treinen, C Brian Jeroloman, C Thor Meeks, C Kris Watts, 1B Shawn Pleffner, OF Destin Hood, OF Wander Ramos
Reinstated from DL: RHP Rafael Martin, C Thor Meeks, OF Eury Perez