Minor League Transactions: May 9-15

Official minor league transactions, conveyed to Baseball America by Major League Baseball, for the period May 9-15.

Arizona Diamondbacks
Signed:
LHP Spencer Medick (NDFA—Elon), C Dallas Tarleton (released by Rockies, March 21), OF Dustin Martin (Sugar Land (Atlantic))
Released: LHP Randy Wolf, OF Justin Greene, OF Jordan Parraz
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Jose Martinez, C Dallas Tarleton, 3B Joe Munoz

Former Elon lefty Spencer Medick went No. 1 overall in the independent Frontier League’s draft this April before the Diamondbacks signed him.

Acquired from the White Sox in a minor trade during spring training 2013, left fielder Justin Greene won a surprise batting title in the Double-A Southern League last year, hitting .308 with 31 stolen bases and a .377 on-base percentage for Mobile. After hitting .174 (16-for-92) through 30 games this season for the BayBears, however, the 28-year-old drew his release from the organization.

Atlanta Braves
Released:
LHP David Starn, OF Miguel Rivero
Recalled: LHP Ian Thomas
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Chuck Buchanan, C Tyler Tewell, OF Jose Constanza
Reinstated from DL: RHP Mitch Atkins, LHP David Starn

Baltimore Orioles
Recalled:
RHP Kevin Gausman, RHP Preston Guilmet, RHP Evan Meek
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Kevin Gausman, RHP Preston Guilmet, LHP T.J. McFarland
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Tim Alderson, RHP Matt Bischoff, RHP Matt Hobgood, RHP Steve Johnson, RHP Dylan Rheault, 1B Chris Marrero
Reinstated from DL: RHP Tim Alderson, RHP Luis Ayala, RHP Kevin Gausman, LHP Chris Petrini, C Scott Kalush, 2B Jerome Pena

Boston Red Sox
Placed on 7-day DL:
LHP Trey Ball, C Leonel Escobar
Reinstated from DL: 3B Mario Martinez

Red Sox correspondent Alex Speier reports that 2013 first-round lefty Trey Ball hit the disabled list with a case of strep throat. The 19-year-old went 1-2, 7.24 in his first three starts at low Class A Greenville, striking out eight, walking five and allowing 23 hits in 13 2/3 innings.

Chicago Cubs
Placed on 7-day DL:
RHP Ivan Pineyro, LHP Hunter Cervenka
Reinstated from DL: RHP Lendy Castillo

Chicago White Sox
Signed:
LHP Andre Martinez (released by Twins, April 29)
Released: RHP Terry Doyle, LHP David Purcey, 3B Alex Liddi, OF Denis Phipps
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Frank Francisco
Removed from 40-man: RHP Maikel Cleto (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: 2B Justin Jirschele, OF Joe De Pinto
Reinstated from DL: RHP David Cales, 1B Christian Marrero, SS Tim Anderson

Cincinnati Reds
Released:
LHP Nick Schmidt, 3B Danny Mateo
Recalled: RHP Nick Christiani
Added to 40-man roster: LHP Jeff Francis
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Nick Christiani (twice), RHP Curtis Partch
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Chad Reineke, LHP Ismael Guillon
Reinstated from DL: LHP David Holmberg, OF Sebastian Elizalde

Cleveland Indians
Released:
RHP Brett Brach, SS Ismael Bautista
Recalled: 1B Jesus Aguilar
Removed from 40-man: C George Kottaras (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Kenny Mathews, C Alex Monsalve, C Roberto Perez, OF Ollie Linton
Reinstated from DL: 3B Ryan Rohlinger, OF LeVon Washington

Colorado Rockies
Signed:
C Michael Vaughn (released by Marlins, March 28)
Optioned to Triple-A: SS Josh Rutledge
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Brandon Erbe

Detroit Tigers
Signed:
SS Troy Hanzawa (released by Phillies, April 29)
Placed on 7-day DL: 3B Brett Harrison, OF Ezequiel Carrera, OF Daniel Fields
Reinstated from DL: LHP Jade Todd, C Patrick Leyland

Houston Astros
Released:
OF Wallace Gonzalez
Loaned to Mexican League: RHP Gerardo Ramirez (Veracruz)
Recalled: RHP Paul Clemens, RHP Josh Fields
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Troy Scribner, RHP Vince Velasquez, OF Austin Wates
Reinstated from DL: RHP Michael Feliz, LHP Colton Cain, LHP David Rollins, 1B Bobby Borchering, OF Adron Chambers, OF Delino Deshields Jr., OF Leonardo Heras, OF Austin Wates

Kansas City Royals
Released:
SS Yowill Espinal
Traded: RHP Greg Billo to Angels to cash
Recalled: 2B Johnny Giavotella
Added to 40-man roster: SS Pedro Ciriaco
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Michael Mariot
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Aroni Nina, C Parker Morin, 2B Angel Franco
Reinstated from DL: RHP Greg Billo, C Micah Gibbs, SS Brian Bocock, SS Yowill Espinal, OF Tyler Chism

Los Angeles Angels
Signed:
C Nick O’Loughlin (NDFA—Cal Poly Pomona), OF Erik Komatsu (released by Nationals, May 9)
Released: RHP Alex Keudell, LHP Robert Carson
Acquired: RHP Greg Billo from Royals and C Zach Zaneski from Rangers for cash
Recalled: RHP Matt Shoemaker, 1B Efren Navarro, 3B Luis Jimenez
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Cory Rasmus
Removed from 40-man: LHP Buddy Boshers (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Jose Alvarez, LHP Brandon Sisk, C John Hester, OF Andrew Ray

Los Angeles Dodgers
Released:
RHP Henry Sosa
Optioned to Triple-A: C Miguel Olivo
Reinstated from DL: LHP Jarret Martin, C Pratt Maynard

The Dodgers released Henry Sosa so that he could sign with Nexen in Korea, the same country where he worked as a starter in 2012 and 2013. Last year he went 9-9, 5.47 in 29 games for Kia, allowing 196 hits in 164 2/3 innings with a 2.1 SO/BB ratio.

Miami Marlins
Signed:
RHP Alex Sanabia (released by D-backs, May 5), C Luis Sanz (released by Tigers, March 27)
Released: OF Angel Morales, OF Danny Pertusati
Recalled: LHP Dan Jennings
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Anthony DeSclafani, RHP Henry Rodriguez
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Dan Jennings
Option transferred: LHP Grant Dayton (Double-A to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: OF Kentrell Dewitt
Reinstated from DL: RHP Ramon Del Orbe, RHP Rett Varner, 3B J.T. Riddle, OF Brent Keys, OF Danny Pertusati

Milwaukee Brewers
Released:
OF Brock Kjeldgaard
Recalled: 2B Elian Herrera
Optioned to Triple-A: OF Caleb Gindl
Placed on 7-day DL: C Robinzon Diaz, 1B David Denson, 3B Jose Sermo
Reinstated from DL: C Paul Eshleman, C Matt Pagnozzi, OF Brock Kjeldgaard

Minnesota Twins
Released:
RHP Christian Powell, RHP Kevin Thomas
Added to 40-man roster: OF Chris Parmelee
Optioned to Triple-A: OF Oswaldo Arcia
Designated for assignment: OF Kenny Wilson (lost on waivers to Blue Jays)
Placed on 7-day DL: SS Levi Michael, SS Engelb Vielma, OF Byron Buxton, OF Jason Kanzler, OF Zach Larson
Reinstated from DL: RHP Brian Gilbert, RHP Kevin Thomas, C Michael Quesada, 1B D.J. Hicks, 2B Tanner Vavra, SS Ryan Walker

The reigning Minor League Player of the Year, Byron Buxton has experienced a nightmare followup to his exceptional 2013 campaign. The center fielder sprained his left wrist while diving for a ball during spring training, returned for five games at high Class A Fort Myers, then re-aggravated the injury while sliding into a base on May 8. An MRI on the ailing wrist looked no worst than it did in spring training, so this might not be a devastating setback.

New York Mets
Released:
2B Robbie Shields
Recalled: RHP Jake deGrom, LHP Josh Edgin, C Juan Centeno
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Rafael Montero, 3B Eric Campbell
Optioned to Triple-A: 1B Josh Satin
Removed from 40-man: RHP Kyle Farnsworth, SS Omar Quintanilla (both players outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: 2B Rylan Sandoval, 3B Anthony Seratelli, OF Jared King
Reinstated from DL: RHP Giancarlo Alvarado, RHP Robert Gsellman, RHP Ryan Reid, C Kai Gronauer

A wrist injury as an amateur at Division II Florida Southern followed by Tommy John surgery early in his pro career helped to short-circuit 2009 third-rounder Robbie Shield’s productivity. The 26-year-old second baseman topped out at high Class A St. Lucie, batting .236/.304/.326 in 230 games spread over parts of five seasons.

New York Yankees
Released:
RHP Yoshinori Tateyama, RHP Zach Woods
Recalled: RHP Matt Daley, OF Zoilo Almonte
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Chase Whitley
Placed on 7-day DL: C Austin Romine, SS Carmen Angelini, SS Abiatal Avelino
Reinstated from DL: RHP Daniel Burawa, RHP Bryan Mitchell, LHP Freddy Lewis, 1B Matt Snyder, OF Tyler Austin, OF Slade Heathcott

Oakland Athletics
Traded:
OF Jake Goebbert and a player to be named to Padres for OF Kyle Blanks
Recalled: RHP Fernando Rodriguez, LHP Joe Savery
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Dan Straily
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Josh Lindblom, RHP Sean Murphy
Reinstated from DL: RHP Tim Atherton, RHP Tyler Vail, RHP Bobby Wahl, C Ryan Lipkin, C Stephen Vogt

Like any good Strat-O-Matic manager, Athletics GM Billy Beane and his front office know the most cost-efficient means of acquiring production are through platoon bats on offense and/or with command pitchers and strong gloves on defense. The acquisition of hulking first baseman/corner outfielder Kyle Blanks fits neatly with the first stratagem.

While an extensive injury history—including Tommy John and shoulder surgeries—means that Blanks has accumulated four years of major league service while taking just 800 plate appearances for the Padres, he’s also a 27-year-old righthanded hitter with above-average power. What’s more, A’s pro scouts, Triple-A field staff and Sacramento players have gotten a long look at him while he’s played for various Pacific Coast League affiliates of the Padres in Portland, Tucson and El Paso. In that time Blanks has abused PCL lefties, hitting .330/.418/.670 in 122 PAs while showing exemplary secondary skills (.340 isolated power, 13 percent walk rate) and striking out 17 percent of the time.

As luck would have it, Blanks will platoon at first base with Brandon Moss, another low-cost pickup by Oakland.

Philadelphia Phillies
Signed:
RHP Shawn Camp (re-signed), SS Addison Maruszak (released by Yankees, March 30)
Elected free agency: RHP Shawn Camp, 2B Jayson Nix
Recalled: 2B Cesar Hernandez
Added to 40-man roster: SS Reid Brignac
Optioned to Triple-A: OF Darin Ruf
Removed from 40-man: 2B Jayson Nix (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: C Tommy Joseph, 2B Matt Tolbert, SS Freddy Galvis, OF Clete Thomas
Reinstated from DL: RHP Dan Child, LHP Ryan Demmin, C Cameron Rupp, SS Andres Blanco

Pittsburgh Pirates
Signed:
OF Nathan Tomaszewski (Vallejo (Pacific Association))
Recalled:
3B Brent Morel, OF Jaff Decker
Optioned to Triple-A: 3B Brent Morel, OF Jaff Decker
Reinstated from DL: LHP Zack Dodson

St. Louis Cardinals
Recalled:
RHP Jorge Rondon, LHP Sam Freeman, 2B Kolten Wong
Added to 40-man roster: OF Joey Butler
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Eric Fornataro, SS Greg Garcia
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Keith Butler, RHP Ronnie Shaban
Reinstated from DL: 1B Jonathan Rodriguez

San Diego Padres
Traded:
OF Kyle Blanks to Athletics for OF Jake Goebbert and a player to be named
Elected free agency: OF Xavier Nady
Recalled: RHP Kevin Quackenbush (twice)
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Kevin Quackenbush (thrice), 1B Kyle Blanks
Removed from 40-man: RHP Hector Ambriz (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Jesse Hahn, RHP Devin Jones, RHP Genison Reyes, LHP Chris Rearick, OF Kyle Gaedele, OF Ronnie Richardson
Reinstated from DL: RHP Cory Bostjancic, RHP Genison Reyes, OF Jeremy Baltz, OF Travis Buck

A 22-year-old Kyle Blanks burst onto the scene by crushing 10 homers in 54 games as a Padres rookie in 2009, while showing no aversion to spacious Petco Park (13 of his 28 career homers were at home). He failed to stay healthy or take advantage of subsequent opportunities, and San Diego has cycled through various first basemen since trading Adrian Gonzalez, including Yonder Alonso, Jesus Guzman and Anthony Rizzo, never turning over the keys exclusively to Blanks.

Now Blanks gets a fresh start with the Athletics, who shipped 26-year-old corner outfielder Jake Goebbert to San Diego. While the lefty hitter doesn’t exactly ooze tools, he does have a strong track record versus righty pitchers in the upper minors. He’s hit roughly .290/.375/.480 against them in more than 1,000 plate appearances at Double-A and Triple-A.

The key prospect involved in the offseason trade with the Rays that offloaded Matt Andriese, Brad Boxberger and Logan Forsythe—among others—power-armed righthander Jesse Hahn went on the Double-A San Antonio disabled list with a case of the flu. In eight appearances for the Missions he went 1-1, 3.04 with 23 strikeouts, 10 walks and 26 hits allowed in 23 2/3 innings.

San Francisco Giants
Added to 40-man roster:
OF Tyler Colvin
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP George Kontos, OF Juan Perez
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Chase Johnson, RHP Mitch Lively, RHP Nick Vander Tuig, LHP Mike Kickham, LHP Josh Osich, SS Christian Arroyo, SS Juan Ciriaco
Reinstated from DL: RHP Carlos Alvarado, RHP Jose Casilla, LHP Mike Kickham, LHP Dan Runzler, C Eric Sim, 1B Travis Ishikawa, OF Brett Krill, OF Rafael Rodriguez

Seattle Mariners
Signed:
RHP Mike MacDougal (Camden (Atlantic))
Released: RHP Jonathan Arias
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Jordan Shipers, LHP Jake Zokan, C Tyler O’Neill, SS Chris Taylor
Reinstated from DL: RHP David Holman, RHP Matt Palmer, RHP Victor Sanchez, SS Martin Peguero, OF Travis Witherspoon

Tampa Bay Rays
Released:
RHP Andres Gonzalez, RHP Jhefferson Hurtado, LHP Geisel de la Cruz, LHP Derek Loera
Added to 40-man roster: SS Cole Figueroa
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Jordan Harrison
Reinstated from DL: RHP Matt Ramsey

Texas Rangers
Released:
OF Jordan Brown
Traded: C Zach Zaneski to Angels for cash
Recalled: RHP Miles Mikolas, RHP Nick Tepesch
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Scott Baker
Removed from 40-man: RHP Scott Baker, SS Josh Wilson (both players outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: 2B Isiah Kiner-Falefa
Reinstated from DL: RHP Neftali Feliz, LHP Chad Bell, LHP Michael Kirkman, C Zach Zaneski

Toronto Blue Jays
Released:
OF Brian Van Kirk
Loaned to Mexican League: LHP Manuel Nunez (to Aguas), IF Norberto Obeso (to Saltillo)
Recalled: RHP Chad Jenkins, RHP Neil Wagner, C Erik Kratz, SS Jonathan Diaz, OF Anthony Gose, OF Kevin Pillar
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Chad Jenkins, C Erik Kratz, SS Jonathan Diaz, OF Kenny Wilson (waiver claim from Twins)
Removed from 40-man: 2B Chris Getz (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Austin Bibens-Dirkx, LHP Sean Nolin, C Yusuf Carter, C Luis Munoz, 1B Matt Dean, 1B Mike McDade, 1B Kevin Patterson
Reinstated from DL: RHP Austin Bibens-Dirkx, RHP Neil Wagner, C Seth Conner, C Pierce Rankin, 3B Andy LaRoche, 3B Kellen Sweeney, SS Peter Mooney

Rather than accept an outright assignment to Triple-A Buffalo, 30-year-old Chris Getz decided to voluntarily retire instead.

Washington Nationals
Signed:
C Davinson Pimentel, 3B Greg Dobbs (released by Marlins, May 6)
Released: OF Erik Komatsu
Recalled: OF Tyler Moore
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Richie Mirowski, SS Josh R. Johnson, OF Narciso Mesa, OF Brandon Miller, OF Wilman Rodriguez
Reinstated from DL: 2B Tony Renda, OF Will Piwnica-Worms