Minor League Transactions: May 23-31

Players listed with an asterisk (*) signed minor league contracts, replacing major league pacts with the same organization.

Arizona Diamondbacks
Released:
LHP Pat McAnaney
Recalled: LHP Zach Kroenke
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Kam Mickolio
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Josh Ellis, C Robby Hammock
Reinstated from DL: LHP Pat McAnaney, LHP Jordan Norberto

Atlanta Braves
Signed:
RHP Matt Frevert, RHP Aaron Shafer (Gateway (Frontier))
Traded: RHP Rodrigo Lopez to Cubs for LHP Ryan Buchter
Recalled: RHP Cory Gearrin, LHP Mike Minor
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Jairo Asencio, OF Wilkin Ramirez
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Cory Rasmus, LHP Ronan Pacheco
Reinstated from DL: RHP Thomas Berryhill, C Braeden Schlehuber, OF Geraldo Rodriguez

Atlanta signed Rodrigo Lopez to a minor league deal in late January and, after he enjoyed a nice run with Triple-A Gwinnett, flipped him to the Cubs for hard-throwing, 24-year-old lefty reliever Ryan Buchter. With Chicago, Buchter flunked out of Double-A this season (6.55 ERA, 2.18 WHIP) but struck out 17 in 10 1/3 innings after a demotion to high Class A Daytona. The Braves kept him at the same level, with Lynchburg, after acquiring him. With improved control of his low-90s heat and a sharper slider, Buchter could work his way into a low-leverage relief role.

Baltimore Orioles
Released:
RHP Ryan Drese, RHP Jake Rasner
Recalled: RHP Chris Jakubauskas, LHP Pedro Viola, C Craig Tatum
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Brad Bergesen, RHP Chris Tillman, 1B Brandon Snyder
Reinstated from DL: OF Kieron Pope

Boston Red Sox
Recalled:
RHP Michael Bowden, OF Josh Reddick
Removed from 40-man: OF Daniel Nava (outrighted to Triple-A)
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Michael Bowden
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Stephen Fife, OF Bryce Brentz
Reinstated from DL: RHP Garrett Rau, LHP Felix Doubront, 2B Nate Spears, OF Lucas LeBlanc

Chicago Cubs
Released:
LHP J.R. Mathes
Traded: LHP Ryan Buchter to Braves for RHP Rodrigo Lopez
Loaned to Mexican League: RHP Hung-Wen Chen (to Campeche)
Recalled: OF Tyler Colvin
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Rodrigo Lopez, 2B D.J. LeMahieu, OF Brad Snyder
Designated for assignment: RHP Robert Coello, RHP Jeff Stevens
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Justin Berg, RHP Casey Coleman, C Welington Castillo
Option transferred: RHP Alberto Cabrera (Double-A to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Justin Berg, RHP Robert Whitenack, C Michael Brenly, OF Smaily Borges
Reinstated from DL: RHP Oswaldo Martinez, 2B Augie Ojeda, OF Brett Jackson, OF Ty Wright

Splitting his time evenly at second and third base, D.J. LeMahieu led the Double-A Southern League in average (.358) at the time of his callup. The positional versatility and contact and crucial for the ’09 second-rounder because he doesn't offer a ton of power or patience.

Chicago White Sox
Recalled:
RHP Lucas Harrell
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Brian Bruney, RHP Jeff Marquez
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Lucas Harrell
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Dylan Axelrod, RHP Chase Cooney, RHP Kevin Moran
Reinstated from DL: RHP Nathan Jones, RHP Steven Upchurch

Cincinnati Reds
Signed:
RHP Tim Gustafson, RHP Edinson Volquez*
Acquired: RHP Chris Mobley from Rangers for future considerations
Recalled: RHP Mike Leake, RHP Daryl Thompson
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Chad Reineke, LHP Tom Cochran, LHP Jeremy Horst
Optioned to Double-A: RHP Daryl Thompson
Option transferred: RHP Daryl Thompson (Double-A to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Jordan Smith, 1B Carlos Mendez, 3B Mike Costanzo, SS Zack Cozart, OF Juan Duran
Reinstated from DL: RHP Mark Serrano, OF Brian Barton

Cleveland Indians
Optioned to Triple-A:
RHP Josh Judy, 3B Jared Goedert, OF Ezequiel Carrera
Placed on 7-day DL: SS Josh Rodriguez

Colorado Rockies
Recalled:
RHP Bruce Billings, RHP Juan Nicasio, 2B Eric Young Jr., SS Chris Nelson
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Bruce Billings
Placed on 7-day DL: 3B Ian Stewart, OF Mike Zuanich
Reinstated from DL: RHP Parker Frazier, RHP Sean Jarrett, RHP John Maine, 1B Mike Paulk, 2B Brad Emaus, OF Cole Garner, OF Eliezer Mesa

The Rockies have remade their roster on the fly, booting Franklin Morales (minor trade to Red Sox), Felipe Paulino (minor trade to Royals) and Jose Lopez (DFA) off the roster, thus all the callups. Interestingly, Colorado traded for Pulino and Lopez last winter.

Detroit Tigers
Released:
RHP Chris Oxspring
Recalled: LHP Andy Oliver, SS Danny Worth
Removed from 40-man: RHP Robbie Weinhardt (outrighted to Triple-A)
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Ryan Perry, LHP Adam Wilk
Placed on 7-day DL: C Omir Santos
Reinstated from DL: LHP Drew Smyly, LHP Shawn Teufel

Florida Marlins
Placed on 7-day DL:
RHP Robert Morey, RHP A.J. Ramos, RHP Adam Veres
Reinstated from DL: C Dallas Hord, OF Mark Canha

Houston Astros
Signed:
RHP Brad Hennessey
Released: 2B Joe Inglett
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Jordan Lyles, C Robinson Cancel
Optioned to Triple-A: OF Brian Bogusevic
Optioned to Double-A: RHP Blake King
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Colton Pitkin
Reinstated from DL: RHP Tanner Bushue, RHP Jorge De Leon, RHP Robby Donovan

Kansas City Royals
Released:
RHP Cole Lohden, RHP Jake Ramsey

Los Angeles Angels
Placed on 7-day DL:
SS Jean Segura

Los Angeles Dodgers
Added to 40-man roster:
RHP Josh Lindblom
Designated for assignment: RHP Travis Schlichting
Optioned to Triple-A: 3B Russ Mitchell
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Derek Cone, LHP Cole St. Clair, C Keyter Collado, OF Nick Buss
Reinstated from DL: LHP Randy Keisler, C Jessie Mier

Milwaukee Brewers
Released:
RHP Trey Watten, 1B Chris Nowak
Removed from 40-man: C Mike Rivera (outrighted to Triple-A), OF Brandon Boggs (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Mark Rogers, C Anderson de la Rosa, 2B Matt Cline, 3B T.J. Mittelstaedt, SS Carlos George, OF Chuck Caufield, OF Brendan Katin
Reinstated from DL: RHP Justin James, LHP Del Howell, 1B Sean Halton, 1B Cody Hawn, 3B Zelous Wheeler, SS Anderson Machado

Minnesota Twins
Recalled:
RHP Jim Hoey, RHP Anthony Slama
Added to 40-man roster: LHP Chuck James
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Dusty Hughes
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Kane Holbrooks, LHP Spencer Steedley, 3B Ray Chang, OF Aaron Hicks
Reinstated from DL: RHP Brad Stillings, RHP Dakota Watts, LHP Nelvin Fuentes, C Jair Fernandez

New York Mets
Released:
OF Lorenzo Scott
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Dale Thayer
Removed from 40-man: LHP Pat Misch (outrighted to Triple-A)
Optioned to Triple-A: OF Fernando Martinez
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Erik Goeddel, RHP Luis Rojas, C Juan Centeno
Reinstated from DL: RHP Jack Egbert, RHP Armando Rodriguez, OF Lucas Duda

New York Yankees
Released:
RHP Brian Anderson, LHP Andy Sisco
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Kanekoa Texeira
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Daniel Burawa, RHP Warner Madrigal, RHP Amauri Sanit, C Francisco Arcia, C P.J. Pilittere, OF Melky Mesa, OF Damon Sublett
Reinstated from DL: RHP Brian Anderson, LHP Naoya Okamoto, LHP Andy Sisco, C Ryan Baker, OF Zoilo Almonte, OF Jordan Parraz

Oakland Athletics
Traded:
2B Steve Tolleson to Padres for cash considerations
Recalled: LHP Bobby Cramer
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Bobby Cramer, 2B Scott Sizemore
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Ethan Hollingsworth, LHP Anthony Capra
Reinstated from DL: LHP Bobby Cramer, SS Grant Green

Philadelphia Phillies
Signed:
LHP Les Walrond Lancaster (Atlantic), OF Scott Podsednik
Released: OF Cory Sullivan
Recalled: LHP Mike Zagurski
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP David Herndon, RHP Vance Worley

Pittsburgh Pirates
Recalled:
LHP Daniel Moskos
Added to 40-man roster: C Dusty Brown, 3B Josh Harrison
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Jhonathan Ramos, C Jason Jaramillo
Reinstated from DL: RHP Vic Black, LHP Dan Meyer, OF Corey Wimberly

St. Louis Cardinals
Released:
RHP Jason Buursma, LHP Hector Cardenas, LHP Rich Rundles, OF Jarred Bogany
Recalled: RHP Blake King, RHP P.J. Walters
Removed from 40-man: RHP P.J. Walters (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Pete Parise, C Charlie Cutler, 1B Kleininger Teran, 2B Packy Elkins, OF Nick Longmire
Reinstated from DL: RHP Aaron Terry, LHP Rich Rundles, C Steven Hill, OF Adam Melker

San Diego Padres
Acquired:
2B Steve Tolleson from Athletics for cash considerations
Recalled: 2B Logan Forsythe
Removed from 40-man: RHP Samuel Deduno (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Jon Leicester, RHP Adam Schrader, SS Jeudy Valdez

San Francisco Giants
Released:
OF Terry Evans, OF Kyle Wilson
Recalled: 1B Brandon Belt
Added to 40-man roster: C Chris Stewart, SS Brandon Crawford
Designated for assignment: RHP Henry Sosa, SS Ryan Rohlinger
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Dan Runzler
Reinstated from DL: OF Thomas Neal

Terry Evans spent 39 games with Triple-A Fresno and batted .232/.311/.337 with one homer and eight steals. Traded by the Cardinals to the Angels for Jeff Weaver in ’06, Evans smacked 33 homers and stole 37 bases that season. He had some good times in Triple-A Salt Lake, hitting 60 homers in parts of four seasons there from ’07 through ’10.

Seattle Mariners
Signed:
LHP Tony Butler
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP John Hesketh, 3B Shaver Hansen, OF Leury Bonilla, OF Eddy Martinez-Esteve
Reinstated from DL: RHP Charlie Haeger, 1B Tim Morris, OF Joe Dunigan, OF Greg Halman

This is the same Tony Butler (third round ’06) whom Seattle included in its Erik Bedard trade with the Orioles in February ’08. He pitched sporadically in the Orioles and then Brewers systems in the past three seasons.

Tampa Bay Rays
Recalled:
RHP Alex Cobb
Removed from 40-man: RHP Rob Delaney (outrighted to Triple-A)
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Jay Buente, RHP Brandon Gomes
Placed on 7-day DL: OF John Matulia

Texas Rangers
Traded:
RHP Chris Mobley to Reds for future considerations
Recalled: LHP Michael Kirkman
Removed from 40-man: RHP Brett Tomko (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: C Elio Sarmiento
Reinstated from DL: C Vin DiFazio

Toronto Blue Jays
Released:
RHP Chris Malone
Recalled: SS Mike McCoy
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Alan Farina
Reinstated from DL: RHP Casey Beck

That didn't take long. The Blue Jays acquired 27-year-old righty reliever Chris Malone when they traded Brad Emaus to the Rockies in April. In eight relief innings for high Class A Dunedin, Malone struck out seven batters but also surrendered 10 walks, six hits and six runs.

Washington Nationals
Released:
RHP Brandon Meister, 1B Tyler Oliver
Recalled: RHP Collin Balester, RHP Yunesky Maya
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Collin Balester
Option transferred: RHP Garrett Mock (Triple-A to High-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Shairon Martis, C Miguel Perez, 3B Tim Pahuta
Reinstated from DL: RHP Garrett Mock, RHP Zech Zinicola, LHP Atahualpa Severino, LHP Sammy Solis

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