Minor League Transactions: May 16-22

Official minor league transactions, conveyed to Baseball America by Major League Baseball, for the period May 16-22.

Arizona Diamondbacks
Released:
OF Trent Oeltjen
Traded: OF Everett Williams to Phillies for cash
Option transferred: RHP Charles Brewer (Triple-A to Double-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Adam Miller, 1B George Roberts
Reinstated from DL: OF Danny Dorn

Atlanta Braves
Signed:
OF Brandon Boggs (Bridgeport (Atlantic))
Traded: LHP Adrian Rivero to Dodgers for SS Ozzie Martinez
Placed on 7-day DL: SS Sean Kazmar
Reinstated from DL: OF Josh Elander

Baltimore Orioles
Signed:
RHP Heath Bell (released by Rays, May 10)
Recalled: RHP Brad Brach, RHP Preston Guilmet
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Evan Meek
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Tim Alderson, LHP Matt Taylor, C Steel Russell
Reinstated from DL: RHP Matt Hobgood, RHP Dylan Rheault, LHP Eduardo Rodriguez

Boston Red Sox
Signed:
C Eddy Rodriguez (released by Rays, May 5)
Released: RHP Matt Price, OF Jervenski Johnson
Recalled: SS Brock Holt
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Mario Alcantara, RHP Ty Buttrey, 2B Ryan Dent, OF Bryce Brentz
Reinstated from DL: RHP Matt Price, LHP Trey Ball, C Mike Brenly

The Red Sox released outfielder Jervenski Johnson before he appeared in a game for the organization. He signed for $85,000 last August as a nondrafted free agent out of Amite (La.) High. Boston signed him away from a commitment to Southeastern Louisiana, where he intended to play baseball and football.

Chicago Cubs
Placed on 7-day DL:
RHP Zach Cates, RHP Pierce Johnson, RHP Marcos Mateo, RHP Felix Pena, RHP Jen-Ho Tseng, 1B Lars Anderson, OF Jorge Soler
Reinstated from DL: OF Casper Wells

A pair of Double-A Tennessee prospects went on the disabled list with leg injuries, according to Smokies broadcaster Mick Gillispie. Righthander Pierce Johnson is dealing with a strained left calf, while right fielder Jorge Soler is having trouble with his right hamstring (after injuring his left hamstring on Opening Day). It’s the second trip to the DL for both players, so that’s why Johnson has an ugly 1.58 WHIP through 27 innings and Soler has appeared in just seven games. (Edit: Soler’s hamstring injuries clarified. —M.E.)

Chicago White Sox
Added to 40-man roster:
RHP Javy Guerra
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Evan Crawford, OF Adam Engel
Reinstated from DL: RHP Alex Powers, OF Keenyn Walker

Cincinnati Reds
Signed:
RHP Jair Jurrjens
Released: C Max Ramirez, OF Mike Wilson
Optioned to Triple-A: C Tucker Barnhart
Option transferred: OF Donald Lutz (Double-A to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Evan Mitchell, RHP Daniel Renken, RHP Zack Weiss, LHP David Holmberg, LHP Chris Manno, 3B Mike Costanzo, OF Daniel Pigott
Transferred to 60-day DL: OF Junior Arias
Reinstated from DL: LHP Ismael Guillon, C Max Ramirez, OF Ryan LaMarre

Triple-A Louisville lefty David Holmberg is dealing with a shoulder strain, necessitating his trip to the disabled list and no doubt contributing to his 10.50 ERA through five starts. The Reds acquired him from the Diamondbacks in December in the three-team deal in which Cincinnati shipped Ryan Hanigan to the Rays.

Cleveland Indians
Released:
RHP Francisco Valera
Recalled: RHP Trevor Bauer, LHP T.J. House (twice), SS Justin Sellers
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Mark Lowe, LHP Kyle Crockett
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Chen Lee, RHP Danny Salazar, LHP Kyle Crockett, LHP T.J. House, 1B Jesus Aguilar, 2B Jose Ramirez
Placed on 7-day DL: SS Erik Gonzalez
Reinstated from DL: RHP J.C. Ramirez, LHP Giovanni Soto, C Alex Monsalve

Just as he did last year as an Indians rookie, Danny Salazar has one of the lowest groundball rates among big league starters—33 percent prior to his demotion to Triple-A Columbus—which when coupled with a fastball velocity loss of about 2 mph, a higher walk rate (3.8 per nine innings) and less fortunate results on balls in play led to a 5.53 ERA through eight starts. Most distressing, righthanded batters hit six homers and slugged .615 versus Salazar in 2014, and now have a .258 isolated slugging percentage against him in his young career.

Colorado Rockies
Signed:
LHP Ryan Kulik (Camden (Atlantic))
Released: RHP Ryan Gibbard
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Chris Martin, C Michael McKenry
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Richard Castillo, RHP Carlos Estevez, LHP Pedro Hernandez, C Tom Murphy, 3B Mike Benjamin Jr., 3B Sam Mende

Double-A Tulsa catcher Tom Murphy left his May 22 game after one trip to the plate with shoulder stiffness. The 23-year-old has shown his typical blend of patience and power in the Texas League, batting .213/.321/.415 with five homers and 14 walks in 27 games.

Detroit Tigers
Released:
RHP Jhan Marinez, LHP Nate Robertson
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Justin Miller, LHP Robbie Ray
Option transferred: SS Eugenio Suarez (Double-A to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Casey Crosby, 2B Brandon Douglas
Reinstated from DL: RHP Edgar de la Rosa, LHP Casey Crosby, 2B Devon Travis, SS Jared Reaves, OF Ezequiel Carrera

Houston Astros
Traded:
LHP Raul Valdes to Blue Jays for cash
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Paul Clemens, RHP Josh Zeid
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Colton Cain, OF Tanner Mathis
Reinstated from DL: RHP Troy Scribner

Kansas City Royals
Released:
RHP Chase Boruff, RHP Kenny Swab, OF Johermyn Chavez
Recalled: C Francisco Pena
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Casey Coleman
Optioned to Triple-A: 2B Johnny Giavotella, 3B Mike Moustakas
Placed on 7-day DL: 2B Whit Merrifield
Reinstated from DL: LHP Ryan Verdugo, 3B Mauricio Ramos

Mike Moustakas hit 20 homers and played strong defense in 2012, appearing to be a few tweaks away from being an above-average regular for the Royals. The past two seasons have not gone well for the 25-year-old, however, and he has an adjusted-OPS some 30 percent worse than average in that time, and he had a batting line of .152/.223/.320 this season prior to a demotion to Triple-A Omaha. A lopsided walk-to-strikeout rate is often the culprit for declines like this, but in Moustakas’ case he’s within range of his established norms. His problem instead appears to be a matter of timing, owing to a deadly combination of poor pitch selectivity, an abundance of infield flyouts and a below-average line-drive rate of about 16 percent, all of which added up to an ugly .155 average when putting the ball in play.

Los Angeles Angels
Signed:
RHP Anthony Lerew (York (Atlantic))
Released: RHP Brandon Lyon, LHP Ryan Crowley
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Hector Santiago, 3B Luis Jimenez
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP R.J. Alvarez, OF Brennan Boesch, OF Kyle Hudson
Reinstated from DL: RHP Yency Almonte, RHP Josh Wall, LHP Brandon Sisk, OF Kyle Hudson

Double-A Arkansas reliever R.J. Alvarez, the Angels’ top pick in 2012, came down with a case of elbow tenderness.

Los Angeles Dodgers
Signed:
RHP Jeff Bennett (Reynosa (Mexican)), RHP Yeuri Gonzalez (released by Mariners, March 28), RHP Jhan Marinez (released by Tigers, May 17), LHP Robert Carson (released by Angels, May 10), 3B Alex Liddi (released by White Sox, May 12)
Released: C Miguel Olivo
Traded: SS Ozzie Martinez to Braves for LHP Adrian Rivero
Recalled: SS Erisbel Arruebarrena
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Chris Withrow
Placed on 7-day DL: 3B Alex Santana
Reinstated from DL: 2B Casio Grider

The Dodgers released veteran catcher Miguel Olivo for the third time this season, but this time they won’t be re-signing him to serve as minor league depth. That’s because the 35-year-old allegedly “bit off a significant piece of teammate Alex Guerrero’s ear” during an altercation in the Triple-A Albuquerque dugout. The timing hurt the Dodgers because they were on the verge of calling up Guerrero, a 27-year-old second baseman who led the Pacific Coast League with a 1.152 OPS at the time of the incident.

Yeuri Gonzalez (Dominican Republic) and Alex Liddi (Italy) both turned pro as international free agents with the Mariners, the organization where current Dodgers vice president of international scouting Bob Engle previously worked.

Miami Marlins
Signed:
2B Miguel Tejada
Released: LHP Josh Spence
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Chris Hatcher
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Anthony DeSclafani
Removed from 40-man: RHP Henry Rodriguez (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Angel Sanchez, 1B Rich Poythress, 2B Avery Romero
Reinstated from DL: SS Javier Lopez, OF Kentrell Dewitt

Milwaukee Brewers
Released:
RHP Leonard Lorenzo
Option transferred: RHP Kevin Shackelford (Double-A to high Class A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Alfredo Figaro, RHP Zach Quintana, C Paul Eshleman, C Lucas May, 2B Chris McFarland, OF Michael Reed
Reinstated from DL: RHP Andy Moye, C Robinzon Diaz, 1B David Denson, 3B Jose Sermo

Minnesota Twins
Released:
C Bryan Santy, SS Carlos Avila
Recalled: C Chris Herrmann
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Mike Tonkin
Reinstated from DL: RHP D.J. Baxendale, SS Engelb Vielma, OF Jason Kanzler

New York Mets
Elected free agency:
RHP Kyle Farnsworth
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Dawrin Frias, LHP T.J. Chism, C Kai Gronauer, 3B Aderlin Rodriguez, OF Brian Burgamy
Reinstated from DL: LHP Alex Panteliodis, 2B Rylan Sandoval, 3B Anthony Seratelli

New York Yankees
Signed:
LHP Ramon Benjamin
Recalled: RHP Jose Ramirez
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Jose Ramirez
Removed from 40-man: RHP Bruce Billings (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: 3B Anderson Feliz, 3B Eric Jagielo
Reinstated from DL: C Jackson Valera, SS Carmen Angelini

High Class A Tampa broadcaster Nick Flammia reports that 2013 first-rounder Eric Jagielo is dealing with tightness in his right ribcage area. The third baseman hit .256/.339/.500 with 10 homers in 42 games prior to the injury.

Oft-injured lefty Ramon Benjamin, a one-time Marlins prospect, has matchup relief potential based on his fastball/slider mix, but he hasn’t pitched since 2011 because of injury. On the bright side: He’s still just 26.

Oakland Athletics
Released:
RHP Jensi Peralta
Traded: RHP Jesus Castillo for Reynosa (Mexican) for cash
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Joe Savery
Removed from 40-man: 1B Daric Barton (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Manaurys Correa, RHP Stuart Pudenz
Reinstated from DL: RHP Jesus Castillo, RHP Josh Lindblom, LHP Matt Stalcup

Philadelphia Phillies
Signed:
OF Chris Swauger (released by Cardinals, May 1)
Released: RHP Chris Burgess
Acquired: OF Everett Williams from Diamondbacks for cash
Recalled: OF Darin Ruf
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Ethan Martin
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Brody Colvin, RHP Jonathan Pettibone, OF Zach Collier
Placed on 60-day DL: 3B Harold Martinez
Reinstated from DL: SS Roman Quinn

Pittsburgh Pirates
Recalled:
RHP Brandon Cumpton
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Brandon Cumpton
Designated for assignment: RHP Phil Irwin
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Will Kendall, C Omir Santos, 1B Edwin Espinal, OF Candon Myles
Reinstated from DL: 1B Edwin Espinal

St. Louis Cardinals
Released:
C Jonathan Keener, OF Matt Young
Recalled: OF Shane Robinson
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Jorge Rondon, LHP Sam Freeman, OF Joey Butler
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Jose Almarante, RHP Boone Whiting, SS Cesar Valera, OF Ronald Castillo, OF Anthony Garcia
Reinstated from DL: C Gerwuins Velazco

San Diego Padres
Recalled:
RHP Kevin Quackenbush
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Blaine Boyer
Reinstated from DL: RHP Jesse Hahn, RHP Devin Jones

San Francisco Giants
Released:
RHP Rafael Dolis
Recalled: RHP George Kontos
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Martin Agosta, RHP Clayton Blackburn, RHP Jorge Bucardo, RHP Chris Johnson, RHP Sandy Rosario, RHP Jeff Soptic, C Ben Turner, 2B Will Callaway, OF Chris Lofton
Reinstated from DL: RHP Joan Gregorio, RHP Chase Johnson, RHP Mitch Lively, RHP Hunter Strickland, LHP Ryan Bradley, C Jesus Navarro, 3B Mark Minicozzi, SS Juan Ciriaco

Seattle Mariners
Recalled:
2B Nick Franklin
Placed on 7-day DL:
LHP Clay Rapada
Reinstated from DL: RHP Carson Smith

Thanks to a career high walk rate of 17.3 percent, Triple-A Tacoma middle infielder Nick Franklin led the minors with a .481 on-base percentage at the time of his callup. He’s a career .293/.385/.477 hitter with 18 homers in 606 Triple-A plate appearances spread over three seasons.

Tampa Bay Rays
Signed:
RHP Zach Cooper (released by Phillies, March 23), RHP Casey Weathers (released by Giants, March 19), 2B Jayson Nix (elected free agency from Phillies, May 13)
Released: RHP Matt Neil
Recalled: OF Kevin Kiermaier
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Brandon Gomes, OF Kevin Kiermaier
Reinstated from DL: RHP Sam Runion, RHP Jaime Schultz, LHP C.J. Riefenhauser

Texas Rangers
Signed:
RHP Chris Schwinden (Lancaster (Atlantic))
Recalled: OF Dan Robertson
Added to 40-man roster: C Chris Gimenez
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Miles Mikolas, C J.P. Arencibia
Removed from 40-man: RHP Justin Germano, C J.P. Arencibia (both players outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Collin Wiles, LHP Frank Lopez
Reinstated from DL: RHP Kevin Pucetas

Toronto Blue Jays
Acquired:
LHP Raul Valdes from Astros for cash
Loaned to Mexican League: OF Ricardo Nanita (Quintana Roo)
Recalled: LHP Rob Rasmussen
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Marcus Stroman, RHP Neil Wagner
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Kramer Champlin, RHP Scott Gracey, RHP Greg Infante, RHP Tom Robson, C Sean Ochinko, OF Michael Crouse
Reinstated from DL: RHP Yeyfry Del Rosario, 1B Mike McDade, 1B Kevin Patterson, OF Marcus Knecht

Washington Nationals
Recalled:
RHP Ryan Mattheus, RHP Blake Treinen, OF Eury Perez
Added to 40-man roster: 3B Greg Dobbs
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Ryan Mattheus, C Sandy Leon
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Nic Pivetta, RHP Blake Schwartz, LHP Matt Purke, LHP Tyler Robertson, 3B Mike McQuillan
Reinstated from DL: RHP Christian Garcia, LHP Sammy Solis, OF Narciso Mesa, OF Eury Perez, OF Wilman Rodriguez