Minor League Transactions

This week’s installment considers all transactions reported by MLB between May 18 and 28. Last week’s transactions available here.

Transactions will not be published next week, but will return the week of June 16, when we’ll have the first wave of draft pick signings.

Arizona Diamondbacks
Placed on restricted list: RHP Kevin Thompson
Recalled: OF Alex Romero
Optioned to Triple-A: C Robby Hammock
Placed on 7-day DL: C Gerardo Bustamante, OF Brandon Burgess, OF Tyler Jones
Reinstated from DL: C Richard Mercado, OF Joey Side

Atlanta Braves
Signed: SS Enrique Cruz
Released: 2B Brandon Powell
Placed on restricted list: SS Enrique Cruz
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Chuck James, C Ray Serrano, 3B Jon Gilmore, OF Joe Borchard, OF Reid Gorecki
Reinstated from DL: C Ray Serrano, 2B J.C. Holt, 3B Van Pope, OF Gorkys Hernandez, OF C.J. Lee
Reinstated from inactive list: 3B Eric Campbell, SS Enrique Cruz

Baltimore Orioles
Signed: C Steve Torrealba
Released: SS Michael Garciaparra
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Rocky Cherry
Placed on 7-day DL: OF Kieron Pope
Reinstated from DL: RHP Tim Bascom, LHP Tony Butler, C Victor Castillo, SS Michael Garciaparra

Boston Red Sox
Signed: RHP Javier Garcia
Released: RHP Julian Tavarez
Recalled: RHP Justin Masterson, OF Jonathan Van Every
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Bartolo Colon, RHP Chris Smith
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Justin Masterson, RHP Chris Smith, OF Brandon Moss, OF Jonathan Van Every
Outrighted off 40-man roster: RHP Julian Tavarez
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Lincoln Holdzkom, LHP Tommy Hottovy, C Tyler Weeden, 1B Lars Anderson, OF Matt Sheely
Reinstated from DL: RHP Matt Goodson, RHP Kyle Snyder, LHP Tommy Hottovy, OF Bobby Kielty

Masterson, 23, has been called up twice to make emergency starts for the Red Sox, and he may get a few more as a potential fill-in for Daisuke Matsuzaka. One can’t argue with Masterson’s record—1-0, 1.46—or with his 3.83 groundout-to-fly out ratio or with the five measly hits he’s allowed in 12 1/3 innings. So far, seven walks and one hit batter have been the only blemishes. Anderson hit the DL with the wrist injury that’s sidelined him since May 18.

Chicago Cubs
Signed: 2B Francisco Salas, OF Jason Dubois
Recalled: RHP Jose Ascanio
Added to 40-man roster: 1B Micah Hoffpauir
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Matt Avery, LHP Rich Hill, LHP Sean Marshall, 2B Francisco Salas
Reinstated from DL: RHP Jesus Estrada, RHP Jon Mueller, RHP Rocky Roquet, LHP Carmen Pignatiello
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Robert Hernandez, RHP Scott Taylor

Chicago White Sox
Signed: LHP Scott Sauerbeck
Released: RHP Wandy Hernandez, RHP Tyler Latham, LHP Ray King, LHP Jesus Loera
Recalled: RHP Oneli Perez
Added to 40-man roster: OF Dewayne Wise
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Michael Dubee, RHP Johnnie Lowe, RHP Joe Winkelsas, OF Jose Martinez
Reinstated from DL: RHP Rob Bell, RHP Fernando Hernandez, RHP Jacob Rasner, RHP Miguel Socolovich, 2B Jason Bourgeois, 3B Josh Fields

Cincinnati Reds
Released: RHP Thomas Fiebig, RHP Justin Lehr, RHP Chandler Power
Placed on suspended list: SS Jerry Gil
Recalled: LHP Bill Bray, SS Paul Janish
Added to 40-man roster: 1B Andy Phillips, OF Jay Bruce
Optioned to Triple-A: OF Corey Patterson
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Justin James, C Chris Kroski, OF Chris Dickerson
Reinstated from DL: RHP Justin Mallett, C Chris Kroski, OF Chris Dickerson, OF Daniel Dorn, OF Daniel Perales
Placed on temporarily inactive list: LHP Camilo Vazquez, C Justin Tordi, 3B Juan Francisco
Reinstated from inactive list: SS Jerry Gil
Option transferred: RHP Ramon Ramirez, RHP Daryl Thompson (both Double-A Chattanooga to Triple-A Louisville)

Bruce closes the door on his Triple-A career with .334/.375/.598 averages in 371 at-bats for Louisville over the course of the past two seasons. He hit 21 home runs, 21 doubles and seven triples in 99 games. Major league pitchers were even worse at retiring Bruce through his first six games. He batted .591/.690/1.000 with two homers, three doubles, six RBIs, six walks and only one strikeout.

Cleveland Indians
Signed: C Zach Booker, SS Jorge Velandia, OF Todd Linden
Released: LHP Jason Stanford, SS Danny Sandoval
Recalled: RHP Edward Mujica, LHP Jeremy Sowers, 1B Michael Aubrey
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Scott Elarton
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Jensen Lewis, RHP Oneli Perez, LHP Jeremy Sowers
Outrighted off 40-man roster: OF Jason Tyner
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Adam Miller
Reinstated from DL: LHP Daniel Cevette, OF Jordan Brown, OF Trevor Crowe, OF John Drennen

First, Miller missed a start with a broken callous on his right hand, and then it was announced that he had surgery on his middle finger to reattach the flexor tendon to the bone. He’ll miss at least two months. The Indians sent Lewis to Buffalo to iron out his mechanics to get him back to being the pitcher who sat at 92-93 mph at the end of last season. He was topping out at 88 this season.

Colorado Rockies
Signed: RHP Chris Malone, LHP Glendon Rusch, OF Dustan Mohr
Recalled: LHP Josh Newman, 3B Ian Stewart, OF Seth Smith, OF Cory Sullivan
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Jarrett Grube
Reinstated from DL: C Humberto Cota, SS Juan Castro

Stewart and Smith had been playing well for Triple-A Colorado Springs, but as corner players were stuck behind the Rockies’ four best hitters—Todd Helton, Garrett Atkins, Matt Holliday and Brad Hawpe. In baseball, a lot can change in a week. Hawpe and Holliday hit the DL, and Atkins came down with a stiff neck, opening all sorts of playing-time opportunities for Stewart and Smith. In addition to playing third, Stewart also has started at second base, making his first professional appearances at the position.

Detroit Tigers
Placed on suspended list: RHP Jordan Tata
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Luis Marte
Reinstated from DL: RHP Guillermo Moscoso, C Jordan Newton
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Jordan Tata

Florida Marlins
Signed: RHP Kevin Gunter, 3B Vasili Spanos, OF Jacque Jones
Released: RHP Sean Douglass, 2B James Guerrero, 2B Adam Howard
Recalled: RHP Eulogio de la Cruz, SS Robert Andino
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Joe Nelson, OF Jacque Jones
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Eulogio de la Cruz, SS Robert Andino, SS Robert Andino
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Blake Jones, RHP Steven Woodard, LHP Aaron Thompson, LHP Sean West, C Justin Webb, 3B Ryan Anetsberger, SS Guillermo Martinez
Reinstated from DL: RHP Daniel Barone, RHP Gaby Hernandez, RHP Blake Jones, RHP Kyle Winters, RHP Ross Wolf, LHP Jay Voss, LHP Sean West, C David Hatcher, 3B Matt Dominguez, SS Daniel Garcia, SS Grant Psomas, OF Daron Roberts
Option transferred: RHP Daniel Barone (Triple-A Albuquerque to Double-A Carolina), RHP Jesus Delgado (Carolina to Albuquerque)

Dominguez, the club’s first-round pick last year, returned to action after a bout of mononucleosis that had kept him out all year. He hasn’t missed a beat, as he’s batting .382/.500/.588 for low Class A Greensboro through 34 at-bats.

Houston Astros
Released: RHP Alay Soler
Recalled: RHP Jack Cassel
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Fernando Nieve
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Reid Kelly, RHP Bud Norris, LHP Antony Bello
Reinstated from DL: RHP Tip Fairchild, RHP Chad Wagler

Kansas City Royals
Signed: LHP Horacio Ramirez
Released: RHP Yensi Lopez
Optioned to Triple-A: C Mat Tupman
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Julio de la Cruz, RHP Russ Haltiwanger, C Nick Doscher, 2B Zach Evangelho
Reinstated from DL: LHP John Foster, C Todd Balduf, 1B Clint Robinson
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Jacob Rodriguez

Los Angeles Angels
Signed: 3B Ricky Alvarez, OF Adam Greenberg, OF Chris Walker
Released: LHP Nathan Boman, LHP Giorgio Fuda, C Derrick Thomas, 1B Seth Loman
Recalled: SS Brandon Wood
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Dustin Moseley, 3B Matt Brown
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP David Austen, LHP Trevor Reckling, C Bobby Wilson, OF Terry Evans
Reinstated from DL: RHP Mason Tobin, 2B Hector Estrella, OF Tyler Johnson
Placed on temporarily inactive list: 3B Jay Brossman
Reinstated from inactive list: 3B Jay Brossman

Los Angeles Dodgers
Added to 40-man roster: LHP Clayton Kershaw, C Danny Ardoin, 3B Terry Tiffee
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Yhency Brazoban
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Mario Alvarez, 2B Kevin Howard, 3B Eduardo Perez, SS Rex Rundgren
Reinstated from DL: SS Francisco Lizarraga
Reinstated from inactive list: 2B Sergio Garcia

Kershaw made one of the most anticipated big league debuts this season (or was that Jay Bruce? Or Evan Longoria?), going six innings against the Cardinals, giving up two runs and striking out seven.

Milwaukee Brewers
Signed: RHP Derrick Turnbow
Released: 3B Abraham Nunez
Placed on restricted list: 2B Steven Sollmann
Recalled: RHP Tim Dillard
Added to 40-man roster: 3B Russell Branyan
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Zach Jackson, OF Tony Gwynn
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP James Etheridge, RHP Michael McClendon, RHP E.J. Shanks, LHP Curtis Pasma
Reinstated from DL: RHP Travis Wendte, LHP Chris Cody, LHP Curtis Pasma
Placed on temporarily inactive list: RHP Jeff Weaver

Minnesota Twins
Released: 1B Ben Petsch
Recalled: 3B Matt Macri
Placed on 7-day DL: 1B Johnny Woodard, OF Denard Span
Placed on 60-day DL: LHP Jose Mijares
Reinstated from DL: RHP Mike McCardell, OF Darnell McDonald
Reinstated from inactive list: OF Eli Tintor

Just as he was starting to heat up, Span broke a finger on his left hand while attempting to bunt. He batted .327/.431/.471 in 104 at-bats for Triple-A Rochester.

New York Mets
Signed: RHP Elvys Quezada, 3B Abraham Nunez, OF Eric Reed
Released: C Steve Malvagna, OF Jamar Hill
Recalled: RHP Carlos Muniz
Added to 40-man roster: C Raul Casanova, 1B Nick Evans
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Adam Bostick, 2B Hector Pellot, OF Ezequiel Carrera, OF Jesus Martinez
Transferred to 60-day DL: RHP Jose de la Torre
Reinstated from DL: RHP Steven Cheney, RHP Ruddy Lugo, C Robinson Cancel, SS Jose Valentin
Placed on temporarily inactive list: C Salvador Paniagua
Reinstated from inactive list: C Salvador Paniagua

Evans, 22, received a surprise callup to replace the injured Moises Alou, but only after Angel Pagan and Marlon Anderson also went down with injury. Batting .292/.356/.538 as a first baseman/left fielder for Double-A Binghamton, Evans went 3-for-4 and clubbed three doubles in his debut. They remain his only extra-base hits in seven games.

New York Yankees
Signed: 1B Ben Broussard
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Chris Britton, RHP Jeff Karstens, SS Alberto Gonzalez
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Dellin Betances, RHP Ryan Pope, RHP Scott Strickland, LHP Chase Wright, 1B Juan Miranda, OF Matt Carson, OF Jeff Fortenberry, OF David Williams
Reinstated from DL: RHP Jairo Heredia, RHP Adam Olbrychowski, RHP Ryan Zink, C Austin Romine, 3B Brandon Laird

Betances was sidelined with what the organization said was an upper-body injury. The 20-year-old was 4-3, 4.09 with 64-40 K-BB in 55 innings for low Class A Charleston.

Oakland Athletics
Signed: RHP Jose de la Cruz
Released: LHP Bobby Cramer, OF Nick Blasi, OF Todd Linden
Recalled: LHP Dallas Braden, LHP Lenny Dinardo
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Kristian Bell, RHP Jason Glushon, LHP Brett Anderson, C Jordan Smith, OF Toddric Johnson
Reinstated from DL: RHP David Shafer, LHP Bobby Cramer, LHP Justin Dowdy, OF Jeff Fiorentino, OF Adam Klein, OF Todd Linden
Reinstated from inactive list: C Raul Padron

Anderson is out with a left thumb strain that prevents him from gripping his breaking ball. That further cripples a Stockton rotation that already lost Henry Rodriguez to an early promotion to Double-A Midland and Fautino de los Santos to elbow surgery.

Philadelphia Phillies
Released: 1B Juan Tejeda
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Julian Sampson, LHP Walter Tejeda, 3B Michael Durant
Reinstated from DL: RHP Darren Byrd, RHP Alexander Concepcion, 3B Orlando Guevara
Placed on temporarily inactive list: C Joel Naughton
Reinstated from inactive list: 1B Mike Eylward

Pittsburgh Pirates
Optioned to Triple-A: SS Brian Bixler
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Adam Bernero, RHP Eric Krebs, RHP Kyle Pearson, C Chris Jones, SS Brian Finegan, OF James Boone
Reinstated from DL: RHP Ronald Belisario, RHP Pat Bresnehan, RHP Derek Hankins, C Miguel Perez, 2B Shelby Ford
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Rodolfo Aguirre, RHP Juan Mateo

St. Louis Cardinals
Released: RHP Rob Zimmermann, 1B A.J. Van Slyke
Recalled: RHP Kelvin Jimenez
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Wayne Daman, RHP David Kopp, C Mark Johnson, OF D’Marcus Ingram
Reinstated from DL: LHP Justin Fiske, C Nick Derba, 3B Rico Washington, OF Amaury Cazana Marti, OF Adron Chambers
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Scott Vander Weg
Loaned to Mexican League: LHP Adam Daniels, OF Amaury Cazana Marti

San Diego Padres
Signed: LHP Philip Barzilla, 2B Gabe Lopez
Released: RHP Steve Delabar, RHP Lee Gwaltney, LHP Michael Johnston, 2B Brian Lauderdale
Recalled: RHP Josh Banks, RHP Jared Wells, LHP Joe Thatcher, C Colt Morton
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Mike Adams
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Joe Thatcher
Optioned to Double-A: C Colt Morton
Outrighted off 40-man roster: RHP Justin Germano
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Mat Latos, SS Lance Zawadzki, OF Brad Chalk
Reinstated from DL: RHP Robert Woodard, LHP Michael Johnston, SS Jon Schemmel, OF Vince Sinisi

Latos, the Padres’ top minor league arm, is out with an intercostal strain.

San Francisco Giants
Recalled: 2B Travis Denker
Optioned to Triple-A: 2B Eugenio Velez
Placed on 7-day DL: 2B Brad Boyer
Reinstated from DL: LHP Paul Oseguera, C Guillermo Rodriguez

Seattle Mariners
Signed: C Fernando Encarnacion
Recalled: RHP R.A. Dickey, OF Jeremy Reed
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Tracy Thorpe, RHP Jared Wells, C Jeff Clement
Optioned to high Class A: RHP Anderson Garcia
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Ricky Orta, LHP Ryan Feierabend, LHP Donnie Hume, 1B Thomas Hubbard, OF Joe Dunigan, OF Kuo Hui Lo, OF Jon Nelson
Reinstated from DL: OF Joe Dunigan
Reinstated from inactive list: SS Carlos Triunfel

Clement struggled to .167/.286/.250 averages in 48 big league at-bats, which got him banished back to Tacoma, where he homered in three of his first four games back and is hitting .365/.487/.722 on the season. Seattle claimed Thorpe on waivers from the Blue Jays, traded righthander Cha Seung Baek to the Padres to acquire Wells and sent both of the newcomers to Tacoma.

Tampa Bay Rays
Signed: RHP Jeremy Cummings
Released: RHP Chris Fessler, RHP Scott Munter, SS Jeff Bannon, OF Jeremy Owens
Placed on suspended list: OF Jon Weber
Outrighted off 40-man roster: RHP Scott Dohmann
Placed on 7-day DL: C Hector Gimenez
Reinstated from DL: LHP David Price
Placed on temporarily inactive list: 2B Elliot Johnson
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Juan Salas, OF Jon Weber
Option transferred: RHP Juan Salas (low Class A Columbus to Triple-A Durham)

Price, the first overall pick in 2007, made his long-awaited professional debut May 22, striking out four in five innings to collect the win. In his second start, he struck out nine St. Lucie Mets in six innings, giving up two hits. Granted, St. Lucie is the worst team in the league, but they did send a rehabbing Pedro Martinez to the mound. The three-time Cy Young award winner came away impressed with Price, telling Phil Rogers:

"That kid did a hell of a job of throwing first-pitch strikes and pounding the strike zone and jamming hitters. I was watching that. He did it like a big leaguer. He had such a command. Right there, I’m challenging you. I’m going to do what I gotta do without any fear. That’s the kind of talent you love to see."

Texas Rangers
Signed: LHP Zach Parker
Released: RHP John Patterson, RHP Victor Prieto, RHP Kyle Rogers
Recalled: RHP Kameron Loe
Placed on 7-day DL: C Cristian Santana
Reinstated from inactive list: SS Matt West

Toronto Blue Jays
Signed: SS Jeff Bannon
Granted free agency: SS Jorge Velandia
Optioned to Triple-A: SS Hector Luna
Placed on 7-day DL: SS Pedro Lopez, OF Matt Watson

Washington Nationals
Released: OF Jason Dubois
Recalled: RHP Chris Schroder
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Brian Sanches, LHP Charlie Manning, OF Ryan Langerhans
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Chris Schroder, LHP Matt Chico
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Tristan Crawford, 2B Pete Orr, 2B Pokey Reese, OF Justin Maxwell, OF Jorge Padilla
Reinstated from DL: RHP Brian Sanches, 2B Pete Orr, 3B Kory Casto
Placed on temporarily inactive list: RHP Dennis Tankersley
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Dennis Tankersley