Minor League Transactions

This week’s installment considers all transactions reported by MLB between May 7 and 9. Last week’s transactions available here.

Baltimore Orioles
Optioned toTriple-A: SS Eider Torres
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Tony Butler
Reinstated from DL: 3B Ryan McCarthy

Boston Red Sox
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Ryan Colvin
Reinstated from DL: 2B Luis Segovia

Chicago Cubs
Released: LHP Geoffrey Jones, 2B Ismael Salas, OF Corey Coles
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Sean Marshall
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Jesse Estrada
Reinstated from DL: 2B Eric Patterson
Option transferred: 1B Jake Fox (Triple-A Iowa to Double-A Tennessee)

With Coles’ release, neither player acquired from the Mets for outfielder Angel Pagan remains with the Cubs. Ryan Meyers was released in late April. To create at-bats for returned-from-the-DL first baseman Micah Hoffpauir, Fox was demoted to Double-A. He had 17 extra-base hits in 29 game with Iowa, but was batting just .222/.242/.479 overall.

Chicago White Sox
LHP Ryan O’Malley
Released: OF Andrew Mead
Traded: SS Mike Rouse to Phillies for SS Gookie Dawkins
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Fernando Hernandez, RHP Miguel Socolovich
Reinstated from DL: RHP Juan Moreno, SS Victor Mercedes
Activated player who signed in 2007: OF Ronnie Gaines

In an old-fashioned International League challenge trade, the White Sox swapped Triple-A shortstops with the Phillies, sending Rouse to Lehigh Valley for Dawkins.

Cincinnati Reds
Reinstated from DL: RHP Justin James, C Chris Kroski
Placed on temporarily inactive list: C Justin Tordi

Cleveland Indians
Traded: C David Wallace to Nationals for future considerations
Placed on 7-day DL: OF Todd Martin
Reinstated from DL: LHP Matt Meyer

Colorado Rockies
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Alberto Arias
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Josh Newman
Reinstated from DL: RHP James Burok

Detroit Tigers
Placed on 7-day DL:
RHP Brett Jensen

Florida Marlins
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Dan Barone
Reinstated from DL: C Justin Webb, 1B Tagg Bozied

Houston Astros
Released: RHP German Melendez, 1B Andy Launier, OF Chris Frye
Reinstated from DL: RHP Kyle Middleton, RHP Sergio Perez

Kansas City Royals
Placed on 7-day DL: 1B Ryan Shealy
Reinstated from DL: SS Jeff Bianchi, OF Brian Buchanan

Los Angeles Angels
Place on suspended list:
RHP Rafael Rodriguez
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Rich Thompson, OF Cody Fuller, OF Tyler Johnson

Los Angeles Dodgers
Recalled: RHP Yhency Brazoban
Placed on 7-day DL: 1B Jaime Ortiz
Placed on temporarily inactive list: OF Xavier Paul

Milwaukee Brewers
Released: RHP Matt Kretzschmar, C Jesse D’Amico, OF Kurt Crowell
Outrighted off 40-man roster: RHP Derrick Turnbow
Reinstated from DL: 2B Steve Sollmann
Placed on temporarily inactive list: OF Laynce Nix
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Matt Kretzschmar

Turnbow, the Brewers’ deposed closer, accepted a minor league assignment with Triple-A Nashville.

Minnesota Twins
Reinstated from DL: LHP Errol Simonitsch

New York Mets
Released: LHP Nelson Arriechi
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Jacob Ruckle, RHP Arthur Santos, OF Michael Hernandez

New York Yankees
Recalled: LHP Kei Igawa
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Chris Britton, SS Alberto Gonzalez
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Eric Hacker, 2B Abraham Almonte, 3B Brandon Laird, OF Wady Rufino

Almonte, Laird and Rufino joined high-profile low Class A Charleston teammates C Austin Romine and RHP Jairo Heredia on the disabled list. After an 18-3 start, the weakened RiverDogs are just 7-8 in their last 15 games, though 25-11 is good for the second-best record in the South Atlantic League.

Oakland Athletics
Released: RHP Shane Presutti, C Matt Singleton, OF Chad Boyd
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Dallas Braden
Placed on 7-day DL: OF Michael Lissman
Reinstated from DL: RHP Kristian Bell, SS Matt Ray, OF Carlos Gonzalez
Reinstated from inactive list: OF Chad Boyd

Philadelphia Phillies
Released: RHP Nathan Johnson
Traded: SS Gookie Dawkins to White Sox for SS Mike Rouse
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Darren Byrd
Reinstated from DL: RHP William Savage

Pittsburgh Pirates
Optioned to Triple-A: OF Nyjer Morgan
Placed on 7-day DL: OF Jorge Cortes
Placed on temporarily inactive list: RHP Juan Mateo

The Pirates swung a trade with the Indians for designated-for-assignment outfielder Jason Michaels, who will occupy Morgan’s roster spot. The 27-year-old Morgan gets time in Triple-A to sort things out, after hitting just .161/.257/.194 in limited play (31 at-bats) with Pittsburgh. He joins Andrew McCutchen and Steve Pearce in the Indianapolis outfield, all three waiting for a chance to play for the rebuilding Pirates.

St. Louis Cardinals
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Justin Fiske, OF Amaury Cazana Marti
Reinstated from DL: RHP Peter Parise

San Diego Padres
Signed: RHP Lee Gwaltney, C Shawn Wooten
Recalled: OF Jody Gerut
Added to 40-man roster: LHP Shawn Estes, C Luke Carlin
Optioned to Double-A: C Colt Morton

San Francisco Giants
Recalled: RHP Billy Sadler
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Sergio Romo, LHP Paul Oseguera

Seattle Mariners
Signed: OF Victor Diaz
Released: LHP Harold Williams
Placed on 7-day DL: 3B Mike Kinkade
Reinstated from DL: RHP Denny Stark

Tampa Bay Rays
Signed: RHP Colter Bean
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Calvin Medlock, RHP J.K. Ryu
Reinstated from DL: RHP Jeff Kamrath
Reinstated from inactive list: LHP James Houser, OF John Rodriguez

Texas Rangers
Signed: OF Jason Botts
Traded: OF Kevin Mench to Blue Jays for cash considerations
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP A.J. Murray
Outrighted off 40-man roster: OF Jason Botts
Reinstated from DL: RHP Brennan Garr, LHP Matt Harrison, SS Drew Meyer

Toronto Blue Jays
Signed: RHP Ryan Meyers
Released: RHP Gabriel Alfaro, C Jeff Paquette, SS Juan Peralta
Acquired: OF Kevin Mench from Rangers for cash considerations
Recalled: 2B Joe Inglett
Added to 40-man roster: SS Jorge Velandia, OF Kevin Mench
Optioned to Triple-A: 2B Joe Inglett, OF Adam Lind
Designated for assignment: SS Sergio Santos
Reinstated from inactive list: LHP Eric Fowler, SS Juan Peralta, OF Eric Nielsen

With a floundering offense (but terrific pitching staff), Toronto opted not to give Lind (1-for-19) a more extended look at this time. Instead they’re hoping to squeeze a little life out of outfielders Mench and Brad Wilkerson (a major league free agent sign not shown). Injuries to shortstops David Eckstein and John McDonald necessitated the promotion of 32-year-old minor league veteran Jorge Velandia, who has batted .188 in 229 big league at-bats.

Washington Nationals
Acquired: C David Wallace from Indians for future considerations
Place on suspended list: RHP Edulin Abreu
Placed on restricted list: 2B Bret Boone
Recalled: C Jesus Flores
Reinstated from DL: RHP James Lehman, SS Stephen King
Reinstated from inactive list: 2B Bret Boone