Minor League Transactions: May 2-8

Official minor league transactions, conveyed to Baseball America by Major League Baseball, for the period May 2-8.

Arizona Diamondbacks
Released:
RHP Anthony Meo, RHP Alex Sanabia
Recalled: RHP Chase Anderson
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Evan Marshall
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Mike Bolsinger
Reinstated from DL: RHP Anthony Meo, RHP Mark Serrano

A second-round pick in 2011 from Coastal Carolina, righty Anthony Meo tied for the high Class A California League lead with 153 strikeouts a year later. His busy, hard-to-repeat mechanics caught up with him in 2013, however, when he went 1-5, 6.83 in 29 appearances (eight starts) across two levels while walking 7.3 batters per nine innings.

Atlanta Braves
Signed:
OF David Nick (released by D-backs, March 27)
Released: RHP Clay Schrader
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Ian Thomas
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Luis Vasquez, SS Gustavo Nunez, OF Josh Elander, OF Matt Lipka
Reinstated from DL: RHP Adam Holland, RHP Yunesky Maya, LHP Matt Marksberry

Baltimore Orioles
Signed:
OF Will Rudolph (NDFA—Nova Southeastern (Fla.))
Recalled: LHP T.J. McFarland
Added to 40-man roster: C Caleb Joseph
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Brad Brach, 2B Jemile Weeks
Removed from 40-man: 3B David Adams (outrighted to Double-A)
Reinstated from DL: RHP Steve Johnson, C Chance Sisco, OF Brenden Webb

An elbow injury to Matt Wieters created playing-time opportunity for 27-year-old catcher Caleb Joseph in Baltimore. The 2008 seventh-round pick led the Double-A Eastern League with 256 total bases in 2013 while finishing top-five in average (.299), homers (22), RBIs (97) and slugging (.494).

Boston Red Sox
Placed on 7-day DL:
LHP Nate Reed, 3B Mario Martinez
Reinstated from DL: RHP John Ely, RHP Matty Ott, C Leonel Escobar

Chicago Cubs
Released:
RHP Ryan Searle
Loaned to Mexican League: RHP Yoanner Negrin (to Tabasco)
Recalled: LHP Zac Rosscup
Added to 40-man roster: OF Chris Coghlan
Option transferred: RHP Arodys Vizcaino (high Class A to Double-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: C Danny Canela, 2B Edgar Gonzalez, SS Giuseppe Papaccio
Reinstated from DL: RHP Dallas Beeler, LHP Austin Kirk, 3B Ben Carhart, OF Brett Jackson, OF Jorge Soler

Right fielder Jorge Soler missed more than a month with a hamstring injury but made a triumphant return to Double-A Tennessee, going 3-for-6 with two doubles, two walks and two RBIs in his first two games back.

Chicago White Sox
Released:
LHP Sean Bierman
Recalled: LHP Frank de los Santos
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Frank de los Santos, OF Jordan Danks
Placed on 7-day DL: OF Keenyn Walker
Reinstated from DL: RHP Francelis Montas, OF Joe De Pinto

Following the release of 25-year-old southpaw Sean Bierman, the White Sox had cut both of the players they received from the Rays in the July trade that sent Jesse Crain to Tampa Bay. The other player, third baseman Ben Kline, didn’t make it through spring training. It’s only fitting, seeing as Crain never actually pitched for the Rays because of injury.

Cincinnati Reds
Signed:
RHP Adam Russell (released by D-backs, March 27), C Lou Marson (released by Phillies, March 14), 1B Shelley Duncan (released by D-backs, March 24)
Released: RHP Nick Fleece
Added to 40-man roster: OF Roger Bernadina
Removed from 40-man: OF Roger Bernadina (outrighted to Triple-A and subsequently called back up)
Placed on 7-day DL: C Max Ramirez
Reinstated from DL: OF Josh Fellhauer, OF Yorman Rodriguez, OF Jesse Winker

Cleveland Indians
Signed:
OF Francisco Joel Marte
Recalled: RHP Josh Tomlin, LHP Nick Hagadone, OF Nyjer Morgan
Added to 40-man roster: C George Kottaras
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Nick Hagadone
Removed from 40-man: SS Elliot Johnson (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: 3B Ryan Rohlinger
Reinstated from DL: RHP Brett Brach, C Luke Carlin

Colorado Rockies
Signed:
LHP Ryan Carpenter (released by Rays, March 21)
Recalled: C Michael McKenry
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Nick Masset
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Chad Bettis, 3B Ryan Wheeler
Placed on 7-day DL: 2B Tim Smalling
Reinstated from DL: RHP Bruce Kern

Detroit Tigers
Added to 40-man roster:
LHP Robbie Ray
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Jose Ortega
Removed from 40-man: 1B Jordan Lennerton (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Edgar de la Rosa, RHP Jeff Thompson, LHP Casey Crosby, SS Brandon Loy
Reinstated from DL: RHP Zac Reininger

The Tigers project 22-year-old lefty Robbie Ray, the key prospect acquired from the Nationals for Doug Fister, as a No. 3 starter with a potent fastball/changeup repertoire and improved control this season.

Houston Astros
Recalled:
RHP Josh Zeid, LHP Darin Downs
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Josh Fields, LHP Brett Oberholtzer
Removed from 40-man: LHP Raul Valdes (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP R.J. Alaniz, OF Leonardo Heras, OF Brandon Meredith

Kansas City Royals
Signed:
OF Mitch Maier (released by Cubs, March 29)
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Aaron Brooks, OF Jimmy Paredes
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Greg Billo, LHP Chris Dwyer, SS Brian Bocock, OF Mitch Maier
Reinstated from DL: RHP John Walter, 2B Jason Donald

Los Angeles Angels
Signed:
2B Vance Albitz (released by Cardinals, April 12), OF Stevens De Jesus Garcia
Released: LHP Eswarlin Jimenez, OF Ryan Bolden
Recalled: RHP Cory Rasmus, 3B Luis Jimenez
Added to 40-man roster: 1B C.J. Cron
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Nick Maronde, LHP Brooks Raley (waiver claim from Twins), 3B Luis Jimenez, OF J.B. Shuck
Designated for assignment: LHP Buddy Boshers
Removed from 40-man: RHP Yoslan Herrera (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Joe Krehbiel, C Anthony Bemboom, C Ryan Dalton, 1B Mike Snyder, OF Kyle Hudson
Reinstated from DL: 1B Wade Hinkle, SS Shawn O’Malley

The Angels decided not to heed the ominous caution flags waved by Mississippi prep outfielder Ryan Bolden, signing him for $829,800 as the 40th pick in the 2010 draft and watching him retire from the game three years later. Los Angels formally released him last week, having watched the toolsy-but-pitch-recognition-challenged athlete bat .164/.273/.245 with three homers and 23 steals in 112 games in the hitter-friendly Rookie-level Arizona and Pioneer leagues.

Los Angeles Dodgers
Released:
LHP Daniel Moskos
Recalled: RHP Pedro Baez, RHP Stephen Fife
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Jose Dominguez, RHP Stephen Fife
Optioned to Double-A: RHP Pedro Baez
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Lindsey Caughel, RHP Justin Souza, LHP Eric Eadington
Reinstated from DL: RHP Gustavo Gomez, LHP Eric Eadington, SS Corey Seager

Miami Marlins
Released:
2B Ross Wilson
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Joel Effertz, LHP Adam Conley
Reinstated from DL: SS Terrence Dayleg, OF Jesus Solorzano

Triple-A New Orleans lefty Adam Conley got off to a fast start—1.24 WHIP, 37 strikeouts in 34 innings—but has been slowed by elbow tendinitis in May.

Milwaukee Brewers
Placed on 7-day DL:
OF Brock Kjeldgaard
Reinstated from DL: OF Kevin Mattison

Minnesota Twins
Recalled:
SS Eduardo Nunez, SS Danny Santana
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Matt Guerrier
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Logan Darnell, C Chris Herrmann, SS Pedro Florimon
Designated for assignment: LHP Brooks Raley (lost on waivers to Angels)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Brian Gilbert, 1B D.J. Hicks, 2B Tanner Vavra, 2B Logan Wade
Reinstated from DL: RHP Deolis Guerra, OF Byron Buxton, OF J.D. Williams

New York Mets
Recalled:
SS Wilmer Flores
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Rob Whalen

Wilmer Flores’ performance at Triple-A Las Vegas—he hit .469 with four homers and three doubles in the 10 games prior to his callup—and the continued flailing by Mets shortstops prompted the organization to turn over the position to the 22-year-old prospect. What Flores lacks in speed and quickness he compensates for with sure hands and a strong arm—or so the Mets hope. Scouts traditionally prefer that a young shortstop have at least fringe-average speed (Flores receives 20 grades from some scouts on this front), yet the advanced positioning data available to teams today might mitigate the value of pure range. At the very least, the Mets’ shortstop appointment will make for a fascinating experiment. Stay tuned.

New York Yankees
Released:
RHP Andrew Benak, RHP Charlie Short, OF Ronnier Mustelier
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Alfredo Aceves
Removed from 40-man: RHP Chris Leroux (outrighted to Triple-A)
Reinstated from DL: RHP Nick Goody, RHP Jose Ramirez, 1B Greg Bird, 3B Anderson Feliz, OF Brandon Thomas

Oakland Athletics
Released:
OF Matt Hillsinger
Recalled: RHP Arnold Leon
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Arnold Leon, OF Nick Buss
Option transferred: OF Kent Matthes (Triple-A to Double-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: 1B Max Muncy, 1B Michael Soto
Reinstated from DL: RHP Matt Buschmann, 2B Melvin Mercedes, OF Josh Whitaker

Philadelphia Phillies
Released:
C Chad Carman
Recalled: RHP Luis Garcia
Optioned to Triple-A: SS Freddy Galvis
Removed from 40-man: RHP Shawn Camp (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP B.J. Rosenberg
Reinstated from DL: C Tommy Joseph

Pittsburgh Pirates
Signed:
2B Nathan Sopena (NDFA—Eastern Illinois)
Released: RHP Arquimedes Lorenzo, RHP Ramon Rodriguez, RHP Cristian Santiago, LHP Marcus Beltrez
Recalled: RHP Jared Hughes, RHP Phil Irwin, LHP Jeff Locke
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Vin Mazzaro
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Brandon Cumpton, RHP Phil Irwin, RHP Casey Sadler, LHP Jeff Locke
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Duke Welker, 1B Jose Osuna, OF Andrew Lambo
Reinstated from DL: C Reese McGuire, 1B Matt Curry, OF Harold Ramirez

A bruised thumb is the latest setback for Triple-A Indianapolis first baseman/left fielder Andrew Lambo, who went 4-for-42 (.095) in spring training to cost himself a big league roster spot, then slipped further down the depth chart when the Pirates traded for the Mets’ Ike Davis to platoon with Gaby Sanchez.

St. Louis Cardinals
Optioned to Triple-A:
OF Randal Grichuk
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Cory Jones, RHP Dixon Llorens, 1B Jonathan Rodriguez
Reinstated from DL: C Jonathan Keener

San Diego Padres
Signed:
RHP Odrisamer Despaigne, OF Nick Schulz (NDFA—San Jose State)
Recalled: RHP Kevin Quackenbush, 1B Kyle Blanks
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Hector Ambriz
Optioned to Triple-A: SS Jace Peterson
Option transferred: OF Reymond Fuentes (Triple-A to Double-A)
Removed from 40-man: OF Xavier Nady (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Ruben Mejia, SS Stephen Carmon, OF Travis Buck
Reinstated from DL: C Rocky Gale, 2B Jonathan Galvez, 2B B.J. Guinn

The Padres signed 27-year-old Cuban righty Odrisamer Despaigne for a reported bonus of $1 million. The club envisions him fitting in a back-of-the-rotation or long-relief role.

The Padres scouted outfielder Nick Schulz in the California Winter League, where he hit .465/.520/.722 with three homers for league-champion Oregon. The CWL, which operates in January and February, allows players to showcase themselves in front of independent league managers and major league scouts as they try to latch on with a club for the upcoming season.

San Francisco Giants
Signed:
RHP Sandy Rosario (re-signed)
Released: RHP Sandy Rosario (subsequently re-signed)
Recalled: RHP Jake Dunning, RHP George Kontos
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Jake Dunning
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Carlos Alvarado, RHP Raymundo Montero, C Tyler LaTorre, 1B Travis Ishikawa, OF Brett Krill
Reinstated from DL: RHP Ray Black, RHP Rafael Dolis, RHP Nick Vander Tuig, C Andrew Susac, OF Darren Ford, OF Tyler Graham

Seattle Mariners
Released:
RHP Mark Rogers
Recalled: RHP Erasmo Ramirez, OF James Jones
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Erasmo Ramirez, OF Abraham Almonte
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Anthony Fernandez
Reinstated from DL: RHP Dylan Unsworth, SS Tyler Smith

Tampa Bay Rays
Released:
C Eddy Rodriguez, C Geoff Rowan
Recalled: RHP Brad Boxberger, RHP Nate Karns
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Nate Karns
Reinstated from DL: OF Jeremy Moore

Texas Rangers
Recalled:
SS Luis Sardinas
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Scott Baker, RHP Justin Germano, 2B Rougned Odor
Optioned to Triple-A: OF Dan Robertson
Option transferred: RHP Matt West (Double-A to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: 3B Alex Buchholz, OF Lewis Brinson

Toronto Blue Jays
Recalled:
RHP Chad Jenkins
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Marcus Stroman
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Chad Jenkins, OF Anthony Gose
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Neil Wagner, OF Marcus Knecht
Reinstated from DL: RHP Randy Boone, OF Matt Newman

Washington Nationals
Signed:
RHP James Simmons (Camden (Atlantic))
Released: RHP Gabriel Alfaro
Recalled: RHP Blake Treinen
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Ryan Mattheus, RHP Blake Treinen, OF Tyler Moore, OF Steven Souza
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Rob Gilliam, RHP L.J. Hollins, LHP Xavier Cedeno, LHP Felipe Rivero, OF Will Piwnica-Worms
Reinstated from DL: RHP Rafael Martin, RHP Brad Meyers, LHP Kylin Turnbull, C Spencer Kieboom