Minor League Transactions

This week’s installment considers all transactions reported by MLB between April 5 and 11. Last week’s transactions available here.

Arizona Diamondbacks
Released: OF Dave Krynzel
Traded: OF Daniel Perales to Reds for LHP Jon Coutlangus
Recalled: RHP Jailen Peguero
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Jon Coutlangus

Nine pro seasons in and Krynzel, the Brewers’ first-round pick (11th overall) in 2000, hasn’t come close to establishing himself in the big leagues. He accrued just 48 career at-bats with Milwaukee before they were able to package him with Doug Davis and Dana Eveland to get Johnny Estrada, Greg Aquino and Claudio Vargas from Arizona—though it’s not clear that that was entirely a good thing. Things aren’t even that rosy on the minor league side, where Krynzel, 26, owns .268/.346/.399 averages and 199 steals, but more strikeouts than you’d like to see from a leadoff type.

Atlanta Braves
Signed: C Sal Fasano
Placed on restricted list: OF Jordan Schafer
Recalled: LHP Jo-Jo Reyes
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Jorge Campillo
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Chuck James, LHP Jo-Jo Reyes
Placed on 7-day DL: C Ray Serrano
Reinstated from DL: RHP Matt DeSalvo

The first player nabbed by the MLB’s new, post-Mitchell Report department of investigations, Schafer is being punished to the fullest extent. He’ll sit for 50 games after being linked to HGH use. James got bombed for six runs in three inning in his lone big league start, prompting the Braves to give Reyes and Campillo a try. It should be noted that the 29-year-old, Mexican-born Campillo had a fine season in the Pacific Coast League last year, going 9-6, 3.07 with 99-39 K-BB in 149 innings for Tacoma. He initially signed with the Braves back in 1996, but spent every season from ’97 to ’04 in the Mexican League. The Mariners employed him for the three seasons prior to this one, with Campillo returning to Atlanta on a minor league deal.

Baltimore Orioles
Placed on suspended list: RHP Roberto Novoa
Placed on 7-day DL: C Jordan Wolf, SS Michael Garciaparra, OF Paul Winterling

Boston Red Sox
Released: OF Rich Thompson
Traded: SS Christian Lara to Dodgers for RHP Eric Hull
Placed on restricted list: C Hayato Doue
Added to 40-man roster: SS Jed Lowrie
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Eric Hull
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Austin Bailey, RHP Bartolo Colon
Placed on temporarily inactive list: RHP Eric Hull
Rehab assignment: RHP Mike Timlin (Triple-A Pawtucket)

Lowrie turns 24 this Thursday, but he may end up spending his birthday on the bench. Called up from Pawtucket when Mike Lowell was placed on the DL, Lowrie has yet to see game action, as Red Sox have thus far gone with Kevin Youkilis at third base and Sean Casey at first. Lowrie, who was off to a .160/.344/.280 start in Triple-A, has spent most of his time at shortstop in the minors but has sprinkled in a few games at second and third. He switch-hits and he cracked 47 doubles last season, fourth most in the minors, so sooner or later he’ll get a chance. It might happen at short, if this keeps up.

Chicago Cubs
Released: RHP Yusdel Tuero, C J.D. Closser
Acquired: OF Doug Deeds from Twins for future considerations
Recalled: LHP Sean Marshall
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Carmen Pignatiello
Placed on 7-day DL: 3B Matt Craig
Reinstated from DL: C Tony Richie
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Yusdel Tuero

Chicago White Sox
Signed: RHP Rob Bell
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Justin Klipp, LHP Shaun Babula, C Matt Inouye, OF Noah Hall

Cincinnati Reds
Traded: LHP Jon Coutlangus to Diamondbacks for OF Daniel Perales
Placed on 7-day DL: C Ryan Hanigan
Reinstated from DL: RHP Matt Klinker
Rehab assignment: RHP Matt Belisle (Double-A Chattanooga)

Cleveland Indians
Released: RHP Chris Niesel
Placed on 7-day DL: OF Trevor Crowe
Reinstated from DL: 1B Stephen Head

Cleveland’s first-round pick from Arizona in 2005, Crowe hit the shelf with tightness in his back.

Colorado Rockies
Signed: OF David Kandilas
Recalled: RHP Ryan Speier
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Luis Gonzalez
Reinstated from DL: RHP Jon George

Detroit Tigers
Signed: LHP Casey Fossum
Recalled: LHP Clay Rapada
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Francis Beltran
Optioned to Triple-A: OF Ryan Raburn
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Macay McBride
Reinstated from DL: LHP Ian Ostlund

This is only the beginning of a very long DL stay for McBride, who blew out his elbow and is headed for Tommy John surgery. What does Raburn have to do to secure a job with the Tigers? He hit .304/.340/.507 as a part-timer last year, but unfortunately for him, he can’t pitch. The Tigers’ revolving-door bullpen saw the additions of Rapada and Beltran last week, and the dismissals of Yorman Bazardo and Raburn.

Florida Marlins
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Burke Badenhop
Optioned to Triple-A: C Paul Hoover, OF Brett Carroll
Optioned to Double-A: RHP Rick VandenHurk
Outrighted off 40-man roster: 1B Jason Wood
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Hector Correa, LHP Jay Voss, LHP Sean West

Correa is out with a tooth infection, while West missed his first start with a blister on his finger. He missed all of last season while recovering from labrum surgery on his left shoulder.

Houston Astros
Signed: C Josh Paul
Released: RHP Brian Gordon, C Josh Johnson
Acquired: RHP Jose Oyervidez from Padres for future considerations
Outrighted off 40-man roster: C Humberto Quintero
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Kyle Middleton, 2B Edwin Maysonet
Placed on temporarily inactive list: RHP Runelvys Hernandez, LHP Tim Byrdak
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Brian Gordon, RHP Runelvys Hernandez, RHP Josh Miller
Rehab assignment: 2B Kazuo Matsui (Double-A Corpus Christi)

Kansas City Royals
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Hideo Nomo
Optioned to Triple-A: C Matt Tupman
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Mike Maroth, C Damaso Espino, C Kiel Thibault, OF Mitch Maier
Reinstated from DL: RHP Patrick Green, C Doug Clark, OF Brian Buchanan
Placed on temporarily inactive list: RHP Chin-Hui Tsao

Los Angeles Angels
Signed: RHP Dan Denham, LHP Giorgio Fuda
Released: RHP Aaron Pullin, 1B Jesse Hoorelbeke, OF Jordan Renz
Placed on restricted list: OF Frederik Terkelsen
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Rich Thompson
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Jesse Smith, C Flint Wipke, 2B Hector Estrella, OF Chris Pettit
Placed on temporarily inactive list: RHP David Herndon
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP David Herndon

Los Angeles Dodgers
Traded: RHP Eric Hull to Red Sox for SS Christian Lara
Outrighted off 40-man roster: SS Angel Chavez
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Jesus Rodriguez

Milwaukee Brewers
Signed: C Carlos Pena
Recalled: 2B Hernan Iribarren
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Reed Dickert, C J.P. Hopf
Reinstated from DL: RHP Richie Gardner, RHP Travis Wendte
Reinstated from inactive list: C Angel Salome
Rehab assignment: RHP Yovani Gallardo (Triple-A Nashville)

Salome is back from a 50-game suspension for failing a drug test. A career .323 hitter in the minors, Iribarren got into two games over the weekend as a pinch-hitter, going 1-for-2. He came up as a second baseman, but he played exclusively left and center field for Nashville, as the Brewers begin grooming him as a big league extra.

Minnesota Twins
Released: RHP Aaron Craig
Traded: OF Doug Deeds to Cubs for future considerations
Recalled: OF Denard Span
Reinstated from DL: OF Doug Deeds
Option transferred: LHP Francisco Liriano (high Class A Fort Myers to Triple-A Rochester)

New York Mets
Signed: RHP Claudio Vargas, SS Matt Smith
Recalled: RHP Carlos Muniz
Placed on 7-day DL: OF Joe Holden
Rehab assignment: RHP Duaner Sanchez (high Class A St. Lucie)

Vargas, 29, is a typical No. 5/6 starter. He’ll give you innings while giving up his share of hits, walks and home runs (career 1.46 WHIP), but he’ll tantalize in others with mid-90s heat and an average strikeout rate (6.4 per nine). The next out Vargas records in the major leagues will raise his odometer over 666.666, where it currently resides. He may get that chance if Mike Pelfrey or Nelson Figueroa can’t sustain.

New York Yankees
Recalled: SS Alberto Gonzalez
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Jonathan Albaladejo, 1B Shelley Duncan
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Alan Horne, SS Eduardo Nunez
Rehab assignment: LHP Sean Henn (high Class A Tampa)

Gonzalez is off to a great start filling in for an injured Derek Jeter, as he’s 4-for-his-first-11 with a pair of doubles. No team could carry both Duncan and Morgan Ensberg, a pair of righthanded-hitting first baseman types, but it was perhaps a bit surprising that the Yankees went with the latter. Duncan has smacked four doubles and three homers in 18 at-bats (1.167 slugging) since heading back to Scranton. Horne left his Thursday start after two innings and 38 pitches with what may be a tendon issue or nerve problem in his right arm. MRI results were pending.

Oakland Athletics
Placed on restricted list: OF Chad Boyd
Recalled: RHP Joey Devine
Added to 40-man roster: LHP Greg Smith
Placed on 7-day DL: OF Jeff Fiorentino, OF Richie Robnett
Reinstated from DL: OF Larry Cobb
Option transferred: OF Richie Robnett (high Class A Stockton to Triple-A Sacramento)

Philadelphia Phillies
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Miguel Matos, LHP Jason Kershner
Returned Rule 5 selection: RHP Tim Lahey (to Twins)

Lahey was on the Phillies’ roster, but he did not appear in a game. It’s probably back to Rochester for him.

Pittsburgh Pirates
Signed: RHP Rodolfo Aguirre, OF Craig Wilson
Recalled: SS Brian Bixler
Placed on 7-day DL: OF Pedro Powell

St. Louis Cardinals
Signed: OF Pete Maestrales
Recalled: RHP Kelvin Jimenez
Placed on 7-day DL: 2B Jose Garcia, OF Joe Mather
Reinstated from DL: RHP Kris Honel, OF Mark Shorey
Option transferred: OF Cody Haerther (Double-A Springfield to Triple-A Memphis)
Rehab assignment: RHP Joel Pineiro (Triple-A Memphis)

San Diego Padres
Signed: C Robert Dubarry
Traded: RHP Jose Oyervidez to Astros for future considerations
Recalled: C Colt Morton
Optioned to Triple-A: OF Jody Gerut
Placed on 7-day DL: 2B Brett Dowdy, 2B Keoni Ruth, OF Shane Buschini

San Francisco Giants
Recalled: OF Clay Timpner

Seattle Mariners
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Juan Zapata
Reinstated from DL: LHP Arthur Rhodes
Placed on temporarily inactive list: LHP Ryan Ketchner
Reinstated from inactive list: LHP Steve Uhlmansiek

Tampa Bay Rays
Signed: RHP Grant Balfour
Released: LHP Drew Bigda
Recalled: RHP J.K. Ryu, OF Justin Ruggiano
Added to 40-man roster: C Mike DiFelice
Reinstated from DL: LHP Drew Bigda

Texas Rangers
Signed: RHP Victor Prieto, RHP Robinson Tejeda, LHP Yukinaga Maeda, OF Nelson Cruz
Outrighted off 40-man roster: RHP Robinson Tejeda
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Chris Dennis
Placed on 60-day DL: 1B Jason Hart
Reinstated from DL: RHP Jake Dittler, RHP Clayton Hamilton
Placed on temporarily inactive list: RHP Alfredo Gonzalez, RHP Robinson Tejeda
Rehab assignment: RHP Luis Mendoza (Triple-A Oklahoma)

Toronto Blue Jays
Released: SS Manny Sena
Placed on suspended list: LHP Eric Fowler
Added to 40-man roster: LHP Jesse Carlson
Rehab assignment: LHP B.J. Ryan (high Class A Dunedin)

Washington Nationals
Signed: RHP Steve Schmoll
Recalled: LHP John Lannan
Placed on 7-day DL: C Sean Rooney, 1B Brett McMillan, 3B Kory Casto, SS Stephen King, OF Alex Escobar
Rehab assignment: RHP Chad Cordero, RHP Shawn Hill (both high Class A Potomac)