Minor League Transactions

This week’s installment considers all transactions reported by MLB between May 9 and 17.

Last week’s transactions available here.

Arizona Diamondbacks
Placed on 7-day DL: 3B Clayton Conner, SS Mark Hallberg

Atlanta Braves
Recalled: RHP Phil Stockman, LHP Chuck James
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Chuck James
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Dustin Evans, C Ray Serrano, 2B J.C. Holt, OF C.J. Lee
Reinstated from DL: LHP Cole Rohrbough
Reinstated from inactive list: C Benji Johnson

Baltimore Orioles
Added to 40-man roster: SS Alex Cintron
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Bob McCrory
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Pedro Beato
Reinstated from DL: OF Adam Stern
Reinstated from inactive list: 3B Scott Moore

Boston Red Sox
Signed: RHP Darlin Machiz
Released: LHP Abe Alvarez, SS Emmanuel Solano
Traded: RHP Bryan Corey to Padres for cash or a player to be named
Recalled: OF Jonathan Van Every
Optioned to Triple-A: 2B Jed Lowrie
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Matt Goodson, RHP James Russ, RHP Kyle Snyder
Reinstated from DL: RHP Jason Blackey, RHP Bartolo Colon, RHP Cody McAllister, 2B Luis Segovia

Chicago Cubs
Released: 3B Louis Lucca
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Sean Marshall, OF Felix Pie
Option transferred: OF Sam Fuld (Triple-A Iowa to Double-A Tennessee)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Rocky Roquet, LHP Edward Campusano, LHP Carmen Pignatiello, LHP Chris Siegfried
Reinstated from DL: RHP Michael Cooper, 1B Matt Craig, 1B Micah Hoffpauir, 3B Louis Lucca

Chicago White Sox
Released: C Kylee Hash
Placed on restricted list: C Ryan Smith
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Rob Bell, RHP Brian Omogrosso, RHP Jacob Rasner, RHP Jason Rice, LHP Israel Chirino, LHP Noe Rodriguez, 2B Jason Bourgeois, OF Ronnie Gaines
Reinstated from DL: RHP Juan Moreno, LHP Israel Chirino, C Eric Hollis, C Matt Inouye, OF Noah Hall

The 24-year-old Gaines, who played in the independent United League last season and ranked 10th on our 2007 Independent League Top 10 Prospects list, hit three home runs in his first four games for low Class A Kannapolis.

Cincinnati Reds
Released: C Anthony Esquer, OF Luis Soto
Recalled: LHP Bill Bray, SS Paul Janish
Reinstated from DL: RHP Justin Mallett, C Chris Kroski, OF Daniel Dorn, OF Daniel Perales
Reinstated from inactive list: LHP Camilo Vazquez, C Justin Tordi, 3B Juan Francisco

Soto was once a top Red Sox prospect who signed for $500,000 in 2003. But the Red Sox eventually gave up on him after some conditioning issues slowed his development. The Reds have done the same after he hit .162/.262/.216 in 37 at-bats with high Class A Sarasota.

Cleveland Indians
Recalled: LHP Jeremy Sowers
Added to 40-man roster: OF Jason Tyner
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Tom Mastny
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Heath Taylor
Reinstated from DL: LHP Dan Cevette, OF John Drennen
Reinstated from inactive list: OF Juan Valdes

Colorado Rockies
Signed: LHP Mark Redman
Recalled: LHP Josh Newman
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Greg Reynolds
Optioned to Triple-A:
LHP Mark Redman
Option transferred: LHP Franklin Morales (low Class A Asheville to Triple-A Colorado Springs)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP James Burok, RHP Sean Smith, SS Juan Castro

The second overall pick from Stanford in 2006, Reynolds has been effective, if not overpowering, through two big league starts. He’s 0-1, 3.09 with just four walks through 11 2/3 innings. For continued success, he’ll probably need to enhance either his strikeout rate (2.3 per nine) or his ground/fly ratio (1.00). Consider that Reynolds, 22, boasted a 2.52 G/F mark with Triple-A Colorado Springs with a strikeout (16) every other inning (33 1/3). Impressively he gave up just three home runs in Triple-A despite pitching in an unfavorable environment, the Pacific Coast League’s Pacific Conference. Morales made his way back up from extended spring training, where he worked with pitching coordinator Jim Wright. The young lefty pitched the first five innings of a Sky Sox no-hitter in his first Triple-A start.

Detroit Tigers
Released: LHP Ed Clelland
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Ben Fritz, RHP Josh Rainwater
Reinstated from DL: RHP Guillermo Moscoso
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Jordan Tata

Florida Marlins
Signed: OF George Lombard
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Kenny Baugh, RHP Hector Correa, RHP Willie Glen, RHP Kyle Winters, SS Daniel Garcia, OF Daron Roberts
Reinstated from DL: LHP Sean West
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Jeremiah Haar

The Marlins picked up Lombard after the Dodgers cut him loose. It’s Lombard’s seventh organization in a 15-year career. He still has come catching up to do however, as his former teammate Bruce Chen has played for 10 different franchises.

Houston Astros
Signed: RHP Ryan Houston
Released: RHP Brian Espersen, 2B Drew Anderson
Recalled: RHP Fernando Nieve
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Colt Adams, OF Nick Moresi
Reinstated from DL: C Max Sapp

Kansas City Royals
Released: C Ken Huckaby
Recalled: C Mat Tupman
Option transferred: RHP Carlos Rosa (Double-A Northwest Arkansas to Triple-A Omaha)
Placed on 7-day DL: C Todd Balduf, 1B Clint Robinson, 1B Ryan Shealy, 1B David Wood
Reinstated from DL: RHP Daniel Cortes, C Damaso Espino, C Kiel Thibault, 3B Shawn Hayes

Rosa, 23, was outstanding in the Texas League, compiling a 1.20 ERA through 45 innings in his eight starts. Rosa combined the ability to miss bats with excellent control, racking up 42 strikeouts (8.4 per nine innings) and seven walks (1.4 per nine) for the Naturals. Rosa’s strikeouts and innings both ranked second in the league. (Ben Badler)

Los Angeles Angels
Recalled: RHP Jose Arredondo, 1B Kendry Morales, 3B Matt Brown
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Nick Adenhart, RHP Darren O’Day, 1B Kendry Morales, SS Brandon Wood
Option transferred: RHP Jeff Kennard (Double-A Arkansas to Triple-A Salt Lake)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Alex Serrano, RHP Rich Thompson, RHP Mason Tobin, OF Cody Fuller
Reinstated from DL: RHP Richard Aldridge
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Rafael Rodriguez

Los Angeles Dodgers
Released: OF Bobby Malek
Recalled: RHP Yhency Brazoban
Added to 40-man roster: 2B Luis Maza
Placed on 7-day DL: 1B Jaime Ortiz, SS Joseph Becker
Reinstated from DL: RHP Jesus Rodriguez, 1B Jaime Ortiz
Reinstated from inactive list: OF Xavier Paul

Milwaukee Brewers
Released: RHP Curt Miaso, RHP Melqui Torres
Recalled: LHP Zach Jackson
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Mark DiFelice
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Mitch Stetter
Outrighted off 40-man roster: RHP Derrick Turnbow
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Mike McClendon
Reinstated from DL: RHP Josh Wahpepah
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Jeremy Jeffress, C Carlos Pena, OF Laynce Nix

Jeffress is coming off a 50-game suspension for testing positive for a recreational drug.

Minnesota Twins
Added to 40-man roster: 2B Howie Clark
Recalled: LHP Glen Perkins, 2B Alexi Casilla
Optioned to Triple-A: SS Sergio Santos
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Yohan Pino, OF Darnell McDonald, OF Rene Tosoni
Reinstated from DL: 3B Matt Macri
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Frank Mata, LHP Jose Mijares

The Twins nabbed Santos on waivers from the Blue Jays and assigned him to the International League, where he’s spent most of his time since 2006. Going back to 2005, which counts time with Tucson (Diamondbacks), the 24-year-old has compiled .220/.264/.319 averages in 1,134 at-bats at the Triple-A level.

New York Mets
Released: RHP John Wesley
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Claudio Vargas, 3B Fernando Tatis
Outrighted off 40-man roster: RHP Nelson Figueroa, C Raul Casanova
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Ruddy Lugo, OF Brady Clark, OF Michael Hernandez
Reinstated from DL: RHP Nick Abel

New York Yankees
Released: RHP Michael Aldridge, RHP Chris Wallace, C Doug Boone, 1B Reynaldo Rodriguez
Recalled: RHP Chris Britton, RHP Ian Kennedy, LHP Kei Igawa, SS Alberto Gonzalez
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Chris Britton, LHP Kei Igawa
Placed on 7-day DL: C Jason Brown, 2B Abraham Almonte, SS Eduardo Nunez, OF Wady Rufino
Reinstated from DL: RHP Christian Garcia, RHP Eric Hacker, RHP Kevin Whelan, 1B Juan Miranda
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Michael Aldridge, RHP Chris Wallace, C Doug Boone

Oakland Athletics
Released: RHP Bryan Collins, LHP Troy Cate
Recalled: SS Gregorio Petit
Optioned to Triple-A: OF Travis Buck
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Jesus Silva, RHP James Simmons, LHP Danny Borrell, LHP Justin Dowdy, C Casey Myers, SS Christian Vitters, OF Todd Donovan, OF Adam Klein
Reinstated from DL: RHP Chris Gissell, RHP Shane Komine, 3B Brian Snyder, OF Carlos Gonzalez, OF Todd Linden, OF Michael Lissman
Reinstated from inactive list: C Jonathan Johnston

Philadelphia Phillies
Signed: IF Jakub Sladek
Traded: C Tim Gradoville to Rangers for future considerations
Voluntarily retired list: RHP Garet Hill
Optioned to Double-A: 2B Brad Harman
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Darren Byrd, RHP William Savage
Reinstated from DL: 3B Orlando Guevara, 2B Adrian Cardenas
Placed on temporarily inactive list: 1B Mike Eylward

Pittsburgh Pirates
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Marino Salas, C Raul Chavez
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP John Van Benschoten
Outrighted off 40-man roster: RHP Evan Meek
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Ronald Belisario, OF Jorge Cortes
Reinstated from DL: RHP Derek Antelo, RHP Brad Lincoln, RHP Duke Welker, C Carlos Maldonado, OF Alex Presley
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Juan Mateo

St. Louis Cardinals
Released: RHP Fabian Marquez, RHP Gustavo Martinez, RHP Stuart Pomeranz, LHP Wladimir Mendoza, 1B Chris Gibson, OF Mateo Marquez, OF Justin Roberson
Placed on restricted list: RHP Cory Rauschenberger
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Chris Perez
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Justin Fiske, 1B Brandon Buckman, 3B Rico Washington, OF Adron Chambers
Reinstated from DL: RHP Adam Ottavino, RHP Pete Parise, RHP Matt Scherer, LHP Justin Fiske, C Gabriel Johnson
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Kenny Maiques

Perez, a 22-year-old closer prospect, is almost literally unhittable. He’s given up fewer than five hits per nine innings in his three-year minor league career, but he balances that with a stratospheric walk rate of 6.1 per nine. And with 131 strikeouts in 101 2/3 innings (11.7 per nine), just half (51 percent) of the batters he’s faced have put the ball in play against him. While true that a walk doesn’t advance baserunners, issuing a lot of them does make for higher pitch counts and longer innings. But to be fair, Perez, the 42nd overall pick from Miami in 2006, had lowered his walk rate to 4.6 for Triple-A Memphis this season.

San Diego Padres
Released: C Matt Stocco
Acquired: RHP Bryan Corey from Red Sox for cash or a player to be named
Placed on restricted list: LHP Kurt Isenberg
Granted free agency: LHP Glendon Rusch
OF Jody Gerut
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Bryan Corey, C Luke Carlin, 2B Edgar Gonzalez
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Joe Thatcher
Optioned to Double-A: C Colt Morton
Outrighted off 40-man roster: LHP Glendon Rusch
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Robert Woodard, 3B Marshall McDougall
Reinstated from DL: RHP Manny Ayala, RHP Steve Delabar, 2B Keoni Ruth
Returned Rule 5 Selection: 2B Callix Crabbe (to Brewers)

Gonzalez is the older brother of Padres slugging first baseman Adrian Gonzalez. Both were drafted in 2000—Adrian as the top overall pick by the Marlins out of high school, and Edgar in the 30th round out of college by the Devil Rays. Though this season is the first time they’ve played in the big leagues together, they both spent time in the Rangers organization in 2004, though a level apart. Edgar also spent time in the Marlins organization in 2006, after Adrian had spent 2000 to 2003 with Florida.

San Francisco Giants
Added to 40-man roster: LHP Alex Hinshaw
Optioned to Triple-A:
SS Brian Bocock
Placed on 7-day DL: OF Tyler Graham
Reinstated from DL: RHP Sergio Romo

Hinshaw, 25, showed much improved command after converting to the bullpen at Double-A Connecticut in 2007. In 57 innings over two season, he struck out 71 batters to go with just 23 walks, and he had excelled in low-leverage spots with the big league club thus far (he took Merkin Valdez’s roster spot when he went on the DL). The Giants made him a 15th-round pick out of San Diego State in 2005.

Seattle Mariners
Released: LHP Philip Barzilla
Placed on suspended list: SS Carlos Triunfel
Placed on restricted list: RHP Andrew Barb
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Juan Zapata

Triunfel was suspended by the club for what they termed disciplinary reasons. He was sent back to the Mariners’ extended spring training base in Peoria, Ariz., to serve his suspension, and he didn’t appear in a game for the 10 days between May 10 and 21.

Tampa Bay Rays
Released: RHP Jeremy Flanagan, RHP Brock Till
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Kurt Birkins
Outrighted off 40-man roster: SS Andy Cannizaro, OF Nathan Haynes
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Jeff Kamrath, RHP Jason Ragan, 2B Cody Cipriano, OF John Rodriguez, OF Emeel Salem
Reinstated from DL: RHP Woods Fines, RHP Calvin Medlock
Reinstated from inactive list: 2B Elliot Johnson

Texas Rangers
Released: RHP Jake Dittler, RHP Dan Touchet, C Hunter Harrigan
Acquired: C Tim Gradoville from Phillies for future considerations
Recalled: RHP Kazuo Fukumori
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Doug Mathis
Optioned to Triple-A:
LHP A.J. Murray, 3B Travis Metcalf
Outrighted off 40-man roster: RHP Kazuo Fukumori
Placed on 7-day DL: C Carlos Dominguez
Reinstated from DL: LHP Matt Harrison, SS Drew Meyer

Mathis is holding Kevin Millwood’s spot in the rotation until he returns from a groin injury. But after giving up nine runs in 5 1/3 innings in his first start, Mathis, 24, may be on a short leash. He was a 13th-round pick by the Rangers in 2005 out of Missouri.

Toronto Blue Jays
Released: 3B Paul Franko
Recalled: LHP David Purcey, 2B Joe Inglett
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Armando Benitez, SS Hector Luna, OF Kevin Mench
Designated for assignment: RHP Tracy Thorpe, LHP Gustavo Chacin, SS Sergio Santos
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP David Purcey, 2B Joe Inglett
Outrighted off 40-man roster: LHP Gustavo Chacin, SS Jorge Velandia
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Bubba Nelson
Reinstated from DL: LHP Chi-Hung Cheng, 3B Jesus Gonzalez
Reinstated from inactive list: SS Juan Peralta, OF Eric Nielsen, OF Cory Patton

Washington Nationals
RHP Josh Hall, 1B Brett McMillan
Placed on restricted list: 2B Bret Boone
Recalled: RHP Jason Bergmann, RHP Chris Schroder, C Jesus Flores
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Chris Schroder, LHP Mike O’Connor
Reinstated from DL: RHP Levale Speigner, C Luke Montz, 1B Brett McMillan
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Edulin Abreu, 2B Bret Boone