Minor League Transactions: May 8-14

Here we present official minor league transactions, conveyed to us by Major League Baseball, for the period May 8-14.

Players listed with an asterisk (*) signed a minor league contract with the organization after being removed from the 40-man roster and clearing waivers.

Arizona Diamondbacks
Signed:
OF Tyler Graham (released by Giants)
Released: 1B Bobby Stone
Traded: LHP Mike Belfiore to Orioles as player to be named for 3B Josh Bell
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Chris Jakubauskas
Reinstated from DL: RHP Jensen Lewis, RHP Kyle Winkler

The Giants designated Tyler Graham for assignment on May 1 then released him eight days later on May 9. The Diamondbacks assigned him to Triple-A Reno, and he's already familiar with the Pacific Coast League, having suited up for Fresno in each of the past our seasons. The 28-year-old Graham batted .297/.353/.376 with four homers and 100 steals in 925 plate appearances for the Grizzlies.

Atlanta Braves
Signed:
OF Felix Pie (Camden (Atlantic))
Released: RHP Joe Lucas, LHP Cole Rohrbough, OF Ruben Rijkhof
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Erik Cordier, OF Jordan Parraz
Reinstated from DL: RHP Jarett Miller, LHP Luis Avilan

Cole Rohrbough peaked as the Braves' No. 6 prospect following the ’08 campaign, but his stock plummeted as he racked up disabled-list days (he totaled just 34 innings in the past three seasons). With low Class A Rome this season Rohrbough made eight relief appearances, during which he allowed six runs and 15 baserunners in 10 1/3 innings.

Baltimore Orioles
Signed:
3B Miguel Tejada
Released: OF Tyler Kolodny
Acquired: LHP Mike Belfiore from Diamondbacks as player to be named for 3B Josh Bell
Recalled: RHP Tommy Hunter, LHP Zach Phillips
Added to 40-man roster: LHP Dana Eveland, 2B Bill Hall, 2B Steven Tolleson, OF Xavier Avery
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Jason Berken, RHP Stuart Pomeranz, LHP Zach Phillips
Designated for assignment: RHP Brad Bergesen, 2B Matt Antonelli
Removed from 40-man: 3B Zelous Wheeler (outrighted to Double-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Joel Pineiro, 2B Ryan Adams, OF Ronnie Welty
Reinstated from DL: RHP Jon Link, 2B Buck Britton, OF Trent Mummey, OF Jeremy Nowak, OF John Ruettiger

Rookie left fielder Xavier Avery's improvements in plate discipline—and, by extension, power—could mean he's established a new baseline of performance.

Boston Red Sox
Released:
RHP Eammon Portice
Traded: 1B Jeff Larish to Pirates for cash considerations
Acquired: OF Scott Podsednik from Phillies for cash considerations
Added to 40-man roster: 1B Mauro Gomez, OF Daniel Nava
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Clayton Mortensen
Designated for assignment: LHP Justin Thomas
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Stolmy Pimentel, C Daniel Butler, OF Cody Koback, OF Lucas LeBlanc
Reinstated from DL: C Jayson Hernandez, SS Jose Garcia, SS Heiker Meneses

The Yankees claimed lefty reliever Justin Thomas on waivers, though another Red Sox minor league free agent import, Mauro Gomez, took his place on the active roster.

Chicago Cubs
Signed:
RHP Mike MacDougal (released by Dodgers), C Brian Esposito (released by Reds)
Recalled: RHP Casey Coleman
Placed on 7-day DL: 2B Brad Zapenas, SS Jonathan Mota
Reinstated from DL: RHP Ben Wells

Chicago White Sox
Placed on 7-day DL:
LHP Matt Wickswat, 1B Andy Wilkins, SS David Herbek

Cincinnati Reds
Released:
LHP Ron Mahay
Added to 40-man roster: 3B Mike Costanzo
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Daniel Tuttle, LHP Blaine Howell, 2B Henry Rodriguez
Reinstated from DL: OF Jefry Sierra

Cleveland Indians
Recalled:
RHP Zach McAllister
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Jeremy Accardo, 3B Jose Lopez
Optioned to Triple-A: SS Jason Donald
Designated for assignment: OF Nick Weglarz
Placed on 7-day DL: C Xavier de los Santos

Colorado Rockies
Released:
OF Scott Robinson
Recalled: RHP Alex White, LHP Christian Friedrich
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Edgmer Escalona, RHP Adam Ottavino, LHP Drew Pomeranz
Removed from 40-man: C Eliezer Alfonzo (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Juan Perez
Reinstated from DL: OF Kyle Parker, OF Scott Robinson

Though Eleizer Alfonzo's 100-game ban was lifted, he still must obtain a work visa to travel from Venezuela to the U.S.

Detroit Tigers
Released:
RHP Scott Green, RHP Brandon Hamilton
Option transferred: RHP Jacob Turner (high Class A to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Matt Hoffman
Reinstated from DL: RHP Jeff Ferrell, OF Steven Moya

Scott Green, an ’08 third-round selection from Kentucky, hasn't been fully healthy since his draft year, but he once possessed the stuff to succeed in pro ball. The Tigers also formally released ’07 supplemental pick Brandon Hamilton, who had been on the restricted list since ’10.

Houston Astros
Recalled:
RHP Aneury Rodriguez
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Enerio Del Rosario, RHP Aneury Rodriguez
Placed on 7-day DL: C Chris Wallace

Kansas City Royals
Signed:
LHP Doug Davis
Recalled: RHP Nathan Adcock, RHP Vin Mazzaro, 2B Johnny Giavotella
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Nathan Adcock, LHP Tommy Hottovy
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Tim Melville, LHP Andrew Dobies, 1B Jake Kuebler
Reinstated from DL: LHP Andrew Dobies, C Juan Graterol

Los Angeles Angels
Signed:
RHP Sean White (released by Red Sox)
Released: LHP Trevor Reckling
Added to 40-man roster: C John Hester, OF Ryan Langerhans
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Trevor Bell

Trevor Reckling ranked as the Angels top pitching prospect following the ’09 season, but a series of injuries, diminished velocity and poor control conspired to wreak havoc on his career. After spending the better part of there years in Double-A (3.59 ERA and 1.41 WHIP in 313 innings), Reckling bottomed out in high Class A this season, allowing 19 runs and 26 baserunners in 6 2/3 innings for Inland Empire.

Los Angeles Dodgers
Signed:
2B Aaron Miles (re-signed), OF Brahiam Maldonado (released by Braves)
Recalled: 2B Justin Sellers, OF Scott Van Slyke
Added to 40-man roster: 2B Elian Herrera
Designated for assignment: OF Trent Oeltjen
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Juan Noriega, RHP Mike Parisi, RHP Ryan Tucker
Reinstated from DL: RHP Fernando Nieve, OF James Baldwin

Miami Marlins
Recalled:
LHP Mike Dunn, OF Kevin Mattison
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Chris Hatcher, RHP Sandy Rosario, OF Kevin Mattison
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Grant Dayton, OF Ryan Fisher, OF Sergio Pedroza
Reinstated from DL: RHP Corey Madden, LHP James Leverton, C Clint Sammons, 3B Mike Cervenak, OF Scott Cousins

Milwaukee Brewers
Signed:
RHP Claudio Vargas, SS Tommy Manzella (released by Diamondbacks)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Jacob Barnes, LHP Connor Whalen, 2B Adrian Williams
Reinstated from DL: LHP Brian Garman

Minnesota Twins
Signed:
LHP Matt Maloney*, OF Shawn Roof (released by Tigers)
Recalled: OF Darin Mastroianni
Added to 40-man roster: RHP P.J. Walters
Optioned to Triple-A: 3B Danny Valencia
Removed from 40-man: LHP Matt Maloney (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Adrian Salcedo

New York Mets
Added to 40-man roster:
C Rob Johnson
Optioned to Triple-A: OF Vinny Rottino
Option transferred: RHP Jenrry Mejia (Triple-A to high Class A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Kevin Mulvey, 3B Zach Lutz
Reinstated from DL: RHP Jenrry Mejia, RHP Zack Wheeler, RHP Chris Young, 2B Corey Wimberly, SS Sean Kazmar

Jenrry Mejia made two starts for high Class A St. Lucie (eight strikeouts, seven hits, two walks in 11 innings) on the rehab trail from Tommy John surgery, earning him a quick bump to Double-A.

New York Yankees
Added to 40-man roster:
LHP Andy Pettitte
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Cody Eppley, LHP Justin Thomas, SS Eduardo Nunez
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Craig Heyer, RHP Graham Stoneburner, SS Doug Bernier
Reinstated from DL: RHP Manny Delcarmen, LHP Matt Tracy, LHP Nik Turley, 2B David Adams, 3B Ramiro Pena

Oakland Athletics
Recalled:
RHP Andrew Carignan, C Josh Donaldson, OF Collin Cowgill
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Jim Miller, OF Michael Taylor
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Merkin Valdez, C Juan Nunez
Reinstated from DL: LHP Trey Barham, C Joel Galarraga, C Ryan Lipkin, 3B Yordy Cabrera, 3B Chad Lewis, OF Jeff Fiorentino

Philadelphia Phillies
Released:
RHP Adam Worthington
Traded: OF Scott Podsednik to Red Sox for cash considerations
Recalled: LHP Jake Diekman
Added to 40-man roster: LHP Raul Valdes, 2B Mike Fontenot, 3B Hector Luna
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Michael Schwimer, LHP Joe Savery, C Erik Kratz
Removed from 40-man: RHP Brian Sanches (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Chris Kissock, C Kyle Lafrenz
Reinstated from DL: RHP Adam Worthington, LHP Jay Johnson, 1B Kelly Dugan, 3B Jeremy Barnes, OF Miguel Alvarez

Adam Worthington joined the organization last September as the player to be named form the Diamondbacks for lefty reliever Mike Zagurski, though he spent all this season on the disabled list prior to his release.

Pittsburgh Pirates
Acquired:
1B Jeff Larish from Red Sox for cash considerations
Recalled: RHP Daniel McCutchen
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Colton Cain
Reinstated from DL: RHP Logan Kensing, RHP Hunter Strickland, C Kawika Emsley-Pai, SS Chase D'Arnaud

St. Louis Cardinals
Released:
OF Amaury Cazana
Recalled: RHP Eduardo Sanchez
Optioned to Triple-A: OF Shane Robinson
Option transferred: LHP Sam Freeman (Double-A to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: C Adam Lewis, OF Virgil Hill
Reinstated from DL: RHP Jesse Simpson, 2B Tyler Rahmatulla

San Diego Padres
Recalled:
3B James Darnell
Added to 40-man roster: LHP Alex Hinshaw
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Josh Spence, OF Blake Tekotte
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Ryan Kelly, RHP Joe Ross, LHP Robbie Erlin, LHP Juan Oramas, 1B Carlos Sosa, SS Jace Peterson
Reinstated from DL: RHP Nick Vincent, 2B Jonathan Galvez, OF Donavan Tate

An alarming number of young Padres pitchers have spent time this May on the disabled list. Joining Casey Kelly, Cory Luebke and Joe Wieland (all elbow trouble) are Joe Ross (shoulder), Robbie Erlin (tendinitis) Juan Oramas (forearm tightness).

San Francisco Giants
Recalled:
2B Charlie Culberson
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Shane Loux
Optioned to Triple-A: 3B Conor Gillaspie
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Taylor Rogers, C Tommy Joseph, 3B Garrett Buechele
Reinstated from DL: C Andrew Susac, C Eliezer Zambrano, 1B Wes Hodges

Seattle Mariners
Placed on 7-day DL:
RHP Brian Sweeney, 1B Rich Poythress
Reinstated from DL: RHP Moises Hernandez, C Jack Marder, OF Carlos Peguero

Tampa Bay Rays
Recalled:
C Stephen Vogt, OF Brandon Guyer
Reinstated from DL: OF Brett Nommensen

Texas Rangers
Placed on 7-day DL:
RHP Ben Rowen
Reinstated from DL: C Kevin Torres

Toronto Blue Jays
Recalled:
LHP Evan Crawford
Optioned to Double-A: RHP Joel Carreno
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Kramer Champlin, RHP Chad Jenkins, LHP Tyler Ybarra, OF Danny Perales
Reinstated from DL: LHP Brett Cecil, C Chris Schaeffer, 1B Gabe Jacobo, 1B Jon Talley, OF Travis Snider

Washington Nationals
Signed:
LHP Mike Gonzalez
Added to 40-man roster: C Sandy Leon
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Alex Kreis, RHP Adam Olbrychowski
Reinstated from DL: LHP Joe Testa, OF Chris Curran

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