Minor League Transactions

This week’s installment considers all transactions reported by MLB between April 19 and 25.

Last week’s transactions available here.

Arizona Diamondbacks
Signed: OF Alex Romero
Released: RHP Roberto Familia
Optioned to Triple-A: OF Alex Romero
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Jon Coutlangus
Reinstated from DL: RHP Chris Kinsey
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Roberto Familia
Activated player who signed in 2007: RHP Jeff Dietz

Atlanta Braves
RHP Andy Shibilo, OF Jason Perry
Recalled: RHP Phil Stockman, LHP Chuck James
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Chuck James
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Jairo Cuevas, RHP Michael Nix, OF Gorkys Hernandez
Reinstated from DL: RHP Chris Vines, 3B Van Pope

Hernandez pulled his hamstring as he rounded second base in a game against Lynchburg. He still sits atop the high Class Carolina League in triples (five) and extra-base hits (12).

Baltimore Orioles
Signed: RHP Tim Spooneybarger (hasn’t played since 2005)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Chorye Spoone, SS Pedro Florimon, OF David Cash
Reinstated from DL: 3B Bill Rowell

Spooneybarger, a Braves draft-and-follow from 1998, seemed destined for middle-relief success, but he couldn’t quite replicate his minor league results in the majors. Oh, and two Tommy John surgeries didn’t help. Spooneybarger, one of the pitchers acquired by Florida for the Braves’ taking Mike Hampton off their hands, hasn’t pitched professionally since 2005, when he spent a mere four games in the Marlins system.

UPDATE : Spoone is experiencing shoulder soreness (April 30).

Boston Red Sox
Signed: RHP Bryan Corey
Recalled: RHP Craig Hansen, RHP David Pauley
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Justin Masterson
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Craig Hansen, RHP David Pauley
Optioned to Double-A: RHP Justin Masterson
Outrighted off 40-man roster: 2B Joe Thurston
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Nick Hagadone, 2B Jeff Natale, OF Jay Johnson, OF Bobby Kielty
Reinstated from DL:
RHP Bryce Cox, OF Bryan Pritz
Placed on temporarily inactive list: RHP Adam Mills
Reinstated from inactive list: 1B Aaron Bates

Hagadone, the club’s supplemental first-round pick in 2006, is getting a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews on his ailing left elbow today. In other Red Sox pitcher news, Hansen and Masterson made successful season debuts—though for Masterson it was his first-ever appearance in the majors. Both were sent back down after their work was done. With one of the sicker sinkers you’ll see, Masterson, 23, went six innings against the Angels, striking out four and allowing a run on two hits.

Chicago Cubs
Released: RHP Ryan Meyers, SS Ryne Malone
Loaned to Mexican League: RHP Rafael Cova
Recalled: OF Matt Murton
Optioned to Triple-A: 2B Eric Patterson
Placed on 7-day DL: 1B Matt Craig, 2B Eric Patterson
Reinstated from DL: RHP Chad Fox
Option transferred: RHP Juan Mateo (Triple-A Iowa to Double-A Tennessee)
Rehab assignment: LHP Scott Eyre (high Class A Daytona)

Chicago White Sox
Optioned to Triple-A:
OF Jerry Owens
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Lucas Harrell, 3B Victor Mercedes
Reinstated from DL: RHP Brian Omogrosso
Option transferred: RHP Jack Egbert (Double-A Birmingham to Triple-A Charlotte)

Cincinnati Reds
Added to 40-man roster:
2B Jerry Hairston
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Marcus McBeth, LHP Scott Sauerbeck, C Chris Kroski
Reinstated from DL: C Ryan Hanigan

Cleveland Indians
Signed: LHP Jason Stanford
Traded: RHP Sean Smith to Rockies to complete earlier traded for 2B Jamey Carroll
Voluntarily retired: OF Justin Jenkins
Recalled: OF Ben Francisco
Reinstated from DL: RHP Adam Miller

Miller allowed three unearned runs in five innings against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in his 2008 debut. He struck out two and walked two.

Colorado Rockies
Acquired: RHP Sean Smith from Indians as player to be named in earlier trade of 2B Jamey Carroll
Recalled: LHP Josh Newman
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Pedro Strop, 2B Nick Haley
Reinstated from DL: LHP Luis Gonzalez

Detroit Tigers
Released: 2B Nick McIntyre, SS Henry Mateo
Optioned to Triple-A: OF Clete Thomas
Optioned to high Class A: RHP Jordan Tata
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Gabriel Benitez, RHP Virgil Vasquez
Reinstated from DL: C Joe Bowen, SS Mike Hollimon
Placed on temporarily inactive list: RHP Yorman Bazardo
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Yorman Bazardo
Rehab assignment: RHP Francisco Cruceta (Triple-A Toledo)

Back in the country after visa trouble delayed his start, Cruceta has fanned 10 of the first 19 Triple-A batters to oppose him. Just as encouragingly, he’s limited them to a lone hit in five innings, while walking just two.

Florida Marlins
Signed: RHP Sean Douglass (Hiroshima 2006)
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Doug Waechter
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Gaby Hernandez, 1B Tagg Bozied, OF Scott Cousins
Reinstated from DL: RHP Dallas Trahern, C Justin Webb
Reinstated from inactive list: C Torre Langley

Hernandez is out with a strained left intercostal muscle—whatever that is. After flaming out in stints with the Orioles, Blue Jays and Tigers, Douglass headed to Japan, where he pitched for Hiroshima in 2006. He’s now 29 years old.

Houston Astros
Signed: RHP Alay Soler
Recalled: RHP Jack Cassel
Added to 40-man roster: LHP Tim Byrdak
Outrighted off 40-man roster: C Humberto Quintero
Placed on temporarily inactive list: RHP Jared Gothreaux
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Jared Gothreaux

Kansas City Royals
Released: SS Manuel Juan
Voluntarily retired: LHP Joseph Hughes
Recalled: RHP Luke Hochevar
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Daniel Cortes, RHP Daniel Gutierrez, 3B Shawn Hayes, SS Jeff Bianchi
Reinstated from DL:
LHP Mike Maroth, C Nick Doscher, 1B Miguel Vega, SS Edward Lucas
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Jarod Plummer, RHP Chin-Hui Tsao

Cortes was shelved with a left quad strain. He’s off to a 0-1, 1.35 start with Double-A Northwest Arkansas, with nine strikeouts and eight walks in 13 1/3 innings.

Los Angeles Angels
Signed: RHP Jason Bulger
Released: RHP Von Stertzbach
Recalled: 1B Kendry Morales, SS Sean Rodriguez
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Jason Bulger, RHP Alex Serrano
Option transferred: RHP Jeff Kennard (Triple-A Salt Lake to Double-A Arkansas)
Rehab assignment: RHP John Lackey (high Class A Rancho Cucamonga)

Los Angeles Dodgers
LHP Mike Myers, OF George Lombard
Optioned to Triple-A: 3B Blake DeWitt
Placed on 7-day DL: SS Francisco Lizarraga
Rehab assignment: 3B Andy LaRoche (Double-A Jacksonville)

Milwaukee Brewers
RHP Josh Butler to Brewers for OF Gabe Gross
Recalled: LHP Mitch Stetter
Optioned to Triple-A: 2B Joe Dillon
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Pedro Lambertus, RHP Travis Wendte, LHP Lindsay Gulin, OF Mel Stocker
Reinstated from DL: RHP Mark DiFelice, RHP Jared Sutton
Rehab assignment: OF Mike Cameron, OF Tony Gwynn (both Triple-A Nashville)

Minnesota Twins
3B Brian Buscher
Optioned to Triple-A: OF Denard Span
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Mike McCardell, RHP David Shinskie, 3B Deibinson Romero, 3B Tommy Watkins
Reinstated from DL: RHP Zach Day, RHP Danny Hernandez
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Tim Lahey
Rehab assignment: RHP Kevin Slowey (high Class A Fort Myers)

McCardell will miss time as he recovers from bone chips in his right elbow. The 23-year-old was off to a fast start with low Class A Beloit: 21 1/3 innings, 22 hits, 24 strikeouts, six walks.

New York Mets
Signed: RHP Arthur Santos, RHP John Wesley, LHP Eude Brito
Added to 40-man roster: C Gustavo Molina
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Nick Abel, RHP Joe Hietpas, RHP Will Morgan, RHP Jacobo Neguilis
Reinstated from DL: RHP Tobi Stoner, OF Jamar Hill
Rehab assignment: OF Moises Alou (high Class A St. Lucie)

New York Yankees
RHP Rob Semerano
Released: RHP Gustavo Suescun
Recalled: RHP Jonathan Albaladejo, RHP Chris Britton, RHP Edwar Ramirez
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Jonathan Albaladejo, RHP Edwar Ramirez
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Jairo Heredia, C Austin Romine, 3B Marcos Vechionacci
Reinstated from DL: 3B Bradley Suttle, SS Eduardo Nunez

Romine left last Tuesday’s game with what the Yankees are calling lower-body injury.

Oakland Athletics
Signed: OF Joe Gaetti
Released: SS Eduardo Cornejo
Placed on restricted list: C Jonathan Johnston
Recalled: LHP Dallas Braden
Outrighted off 40-man roster: RHP Kirk Saarloos
Placed on 7-day DL: OF Larry Cobb
Reinstated from DL: 2B Kevin Melillo, SS Eduardo Cornejo
Option transferred: RHP Henry Rodriguez (high Class A Stockton to Double-A Midland)
Rehab assignment: RHP Justin Duchscherer (Triple-A Sacramento)

Philadelphia Phillies
Signed: 1B Mike Eylward
Recalled: 2B Brad Harman
Placed on 7-day DL: 1B Juan Tejeda, SS Adrian Cardenas
Rehab assignment: OF Shane Victorino (high Class A Clearwater)

UPDATE: Cardenas, the Phillies’ supplemental first-round pick in 2006, is out with lower back inflammation (April 29).

Pittsburgh Pirates
Released: 1B John Fitzpatrick
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Derek Hankins, LHP Charles Benoit, C Carlos Maldonado, OF James Barksdale
Reinstated from DL: RHP Ronald Belisario, C Michel Hernandez
Placed on temporarily inactive list: RHP Rodolfo Aguirre

St. Louis Cardinals
Released: RHP Kris Honel, 1B Charlie Pelt, 2B Pete Maestrales, SS Melvin Puello, OF Collin Fanning
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Brad Thompson, 3B Rico Washington
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Gary Daley, RHP Rob Zimmermann, C Gabriel Johnson, OF James Rapoport
Reinstated from DL: RHP Luke Gregerson, LHP Adam Daniels, 2B Jose Garcia, OF Antonio DeJesus, OF Daryl Jones, OF Joe Mather

San Diego Padres
Signed: RHP Enrique Gonzalez
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Josh Banks
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Steven Delabar
Reinstated from DL: 2B Brett Dowdy, OF Shane Buschini
Rehab assignment: RHP Clay Hensley (high Class A Lake Elsinore)

The Padres claimed Banks on waivers from the Blue Jays and assigned him to Triple-A, the level where he’s spent the bulk of his time since 2006. The 25-year-old Banks, a second-round pick in 2003 from Florida International, posted a 5.17 ERA in the International League, with a stellar 240-58 K-BB ratio in 359 innings. The home-run bug has been his problem, though he curbed it somewhat in 2007 when he learned to better cut and sink his fastball.

San Francisco Giants
Recalled: RHP Keiichi Yabu
Added to 40-man roster: SS Emmanuel Burriss
Placed on 7-day DL: OF Tyler Graham
Reinstated from DL: C Barry Gunther

Burriss was hardly the optimal option to play shortstop for the Giants, as the club waits on the return of Omar Vizquel—he just happened to be a better hitter than the other non-optimal shortstop option, Brian Bocock. The 23-year-old, switch-hitting Burriss, a supplemental first-round pick from Kent State in 2006, wasn’t exactly socking the ball with Triple-A Fresno this season (.258/.281/.306), nor had he done much to warrant a promotion to Triple-A in the first place. He batted just .165/.237/.180 last season in the Cal League.

Seattle Mariners
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP R.A. Dickey
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Austin Bibens-Dirkx, OF Danny Carroll, OF Gavin Dickey
Option transferred: LHP Eric O’Flaherty (Double-A West Tenn to Triple-A Tacoma)
Rehab assignment: RHP Anderson Garcia

Tampa Bay Rays
Signed: SS Josh Labandeira
Traded: OF Gabe Gross to Rays for RHP Josh Butler
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Jeff Niemann, OF Justin Ruggiano
Designated for assignment: RHP Calvin Medlock
Outrighted off 40-man roster: RHP Calvin Medlock, C Mike DiFelice, 1B Dan Johnson
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Grant Balfour, RHP Jeremy Hall, RHP Eduardo Morlan, 1B Rhyne Hughes, OF John Matulia
Reinstated from DL: LHP Chuck Tiffany, OF Garrett Groce
Placed on temporarily inactive list: 1B Seth Dhaenens
Rehab assignment: RHP Matt Garza, LHP Scott Kazmir, C Dioner Navarro (all with high Class A Vero Beach)

Texas Rangers
Signed: RHP Brian Gordon
Recalled: RHP Scott Feldman, RHP Frank Francisco, RHP Kazuo Fukumori
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Wes Littleton
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Brennan Garr, RHP Josh Giles, RHP Omar Poveda, LHP Matt Harrison, OF David Paisano
Reinstated from DL: RHP Chris Dennis, RHP Josh Giles, RHP Steven Rowe, LHP Bill White
Activated player who signed in 2007: RHP Blake Beavan

Harrison, who joined the Rangers organization last summer after experiencing shoulder soreness, is again sidelined with a shoulder injury.

Toronto Blue Jays
Recalled: C Robinzon Diaz
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Shawn Camp
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP David Purcey, C Robinzon Diaz
Designated for assignment: RHP Josh Banks
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Jean Machi, C Jonathan Jaspe, OF Matt Watson
Reinstated from DL: LHP Brandon Camardese, C C.J. Ebarb, C Matt Lane, C Kevin Nelson, 1B Josh Kreuzer, OF David Smith
Placed on temporarily inactive list: C Alberto Quintana
Reinstated from inactive list: C Alberto Quintana
Rehab assignment: 3B Scott Rolen (high Class A Dunedin)

Washington Nationals
Released: RHP Bradley Clark, RHP Jeff McCollum, LHP Jason Stanford, LHP Kai Tuomi
Added to 40-man roster: LHP Mike O’Connor
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Ray King
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Alex Morales
Reinstated from DL: RHP Luis Atilano, RHP Tristan Crawford, RHP James Lehman, RHP Alex Morales
Placed on temporarily inactive list: 2B Bret Boone