Minor League Transactions

This week’s installment considers all transactions reported by MLB between June 28 and July 3. The previous installment is available here.

Draft pick signings are in full swing, and the numbers in parentheses below refer to draft rounds. Nondrafted free agents (with schools) also are included. Check out the 2008 Draft Database for draft picks in chronological order.

Arizona Diamondbacks
Signed: RHP Brandon Burke (NDFA—Fresno State)
Voluntarily retired: OF Aaron Hanke
Recalled: RHP Yusmeiro Petit, C Robby Hammock
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Connor Robertson

Atlanta Braves
Signed: SS Will White (NDFA—Prairie View A&M)
Released: C Jeff Stevens, OF Mark Jurich
Optioned to Triple-A: OF Brandon Jones
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Ferdin Tejeda, 3B Stephen Shults
Reinstated from DL: LHP Francisley Bueno, LHP Jose Ortegano, LHP Cole Rohrbough, C Jeff Stevens
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Ross Francis, OF Rashod Henry
Outrighted to Mexican League: RHP Sergio Valenzuela

Baltimore Orioles
Draft pick signed: RHP Ryan O’Shea (27)
Recalled: SS Brandon Fahey
Added to 40-man roster: SS Freddie Bynum
Optioned to Triple-A: SS Oscar Salazar
Placed on 7-day DL: C Steve Torrealba, 2B Miguel Abreu
Reinstated from DL: RHP Pedro Beato, C Zach Dillon, 1B Brandon Snyder, SS Mike Gioioso

Boston Red Sox
Draft pick signed: RHP Bryan Price (1s)
Released: C Dennis Blackmon
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Chris Smith
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Matt Goodson, RHP Brian Steinocher, LHP William Latimer, OF Bryan Pritz
Reinstated from DL: C Dennis Blackmon, OF Rafael Cabreja, OF Bobby Kielty

Chicago Cubs
Recalled: RHP Jose Ascanio
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Dae-Eun Rhee, C Welington Castillo, SS Dylan Johnston, SS Joe Simokaitis
Reinstated from DL: RHP Kevin Hart, 2B Robinson Chirinos, OF Felix Pie

Rhee experienced pain in his right elbow, forcing him to the DL for the second time this season. He signed out of Korea last July for $525,000.

Chicago White Sox
Draft pick signed: RHP Ryan Strauss (9)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Matt Davis
Option transferred: C Cole Armstrong (Double-A Birmingham to Triple-A Charlotte)

Cincinnati Reds
Signed: OF Rob Mackowiak
Draft pick signed: LHP Mace Thurman (19)
Released: RHP Ezequiel Astacio, 2B Andy Green
Traded: OF Cody Strait to Royals for a player to be named
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Sam LeCure, LHP Andrew Bowman, SS Jerry Gil
Reinstated from DL: RHP Ezequiel Astacio, 2B Drew Anderson
Placed on temporarily inactive list: OF B.J. Szymanski
Reinstated from inactive list: OF B.J. Szymanski

Cleveland Indians
Voluntarily retired: LHP Dan Cevette
Recalled: RHP Tom Mastny
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Jacob Reust, C Nathan Recknagel, 2B Tony Graffanino, OF Ryan Mulhern, OF Nathan Panther
Reinstated from DL: RHP Jacob Reust, LHP Tony Sipp
Option transferred: LHP Tony Sipp (Triple-A Buffalo to high Class A Kinston)

Colorado Rockies
Signed: RHP Brandon Dill (NDFA—West Alabama)
Draft pick signed: 3B Ryan Peisel (12)
Released: RHP Sandy Nin
Recalled: LHP Mark Redman
Added to 40-man roster: LHP Cedrick Bowers
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Ryan Speier
Placed on temporarily inactive list: C Richard Guarno
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Sandy Nin

Detroit Tigers
Draft picks signed: RHP Jared Gayhart (13), 2B Alden Carrithers (15)
Released: RHP Preston Larrison
Recalled: RHP Aquilino Lopez, OF Matt Joyce
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Zach Miner
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Mark Sorensen, SS Joaquin Guzman, SS Roger Tomas, SS Brent Wyatt
Placed on temporarily inactive list: RHP Kyle Pearson

Florida Marlins
Signed: OF Tommy Murphy
Recalled: LHP Taylor Tankersley
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Eulogio de la Cruz
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Randy Williams, 3B Ryan Anetsberger
Reinstated from DL: RHP Kenny Baugh, 3B Lee Mitchell
Placed on temporarily inactive list: RHP Brandon Villafuerte
Option transferred: RHP Daniel Barone (Double-A Carolina to Triple-A Albuquerque)

Houston Astros
Signed: LHP Pat Urckfitz (NDFA—Monroe (N.Y.) CC), LHP Andy Van Hekken, OF Jackson Melian
Recalled: C J.R. Towles
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Dave Borkowski
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Chad Wagler
Reinstated from DL: OF Nick Moresi

Kansas City Royals
Draft pick signed: RHP Greg Billo (28)
Acquired: OF Cody Strait from Reds for a player to be named
Recalled: 1B Billy Butler
Placed on 7-day DL: OF Robert McFall
Reinstated from DL: C Todd Balduf, OF Brian Buchanan
Placed on temporarily inactive list: RHP Jose Capellan
Reinstated from inactive list: SS Keith Smith

Los Angeles Angels
Signed: RHP Brian Rembisz (Traverse City (Frontier))
Placed on restricted list: 3B Jose Alvarez, SS Marcel Champagnie
Outrighted off 40-man roster: RHP Chris Bootcheck
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Cephas Howard, SS Hainley Statia
Reinstated from DL: RHP Michael Kohn, RHP Derek Schlecker, SS Hainley Statia, OF Cody Fuller

Los Angeles Dodgers
Signed: RHP Josh Walter (NDFA—Texas State), LHP Eric Cyr, 3B Brandon Taylor (St. George (Golden))
Draft pick signed: 2B Austin Yount (12)
Recalled: OF Jason Repko
Optioned to Double-A: LHP Clayton Kershaw
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Jerome Williams, OF Xavier Paul
Reinstated from DL: C Charles Gulledge

Milwaukee Brewers
Draft pick signed: RHP Rob Wooten (13)
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Mark DiFelice
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Steve Hammond, 2B Callix Crabbe

Minnesota Twins
Signed: RHP Nathan Fritz (NDFA—Milligan (Tenn.))
Draft pick signed: RHP Shooter Hunt (1s)
Released: LHP Elliot Biddle, 1B Tim Atherton
Recalled: OF Denard Span
Placed on 7-day DL: 1B Whit Robbins, 2B Eric Santiago, 2B Steve Tolleson, OF Joe Benson
Reinstated from DL: 3B Luke Hughes, 3B Howie Clark

New York Mets
Released: OF Raul Gonzalez, OF Eric Reed
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Tony Armas
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Carlos Muniz
Outrighted off 40-man roster: RHP Claudio Vargas
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Nick Abbott, LHP Omar Perez, C Luis Alen, C Patrick Maat, SS Matt Bouchard
Reinstated from DL: 3B Dan Murphy, OF Jesus Martinez
Reinstated from inactive list: 1B Valentin Ramos, OF Ambiorix Concepcion

Murphy quietly has put together a fine season for Double-A Binghamton, batting .317/.375/.484 in 252 at-bats. The 13th-round pick from Jacksonville in 2006 ranks eighth in the league in average and has struck out just 30 times this season, compared with 25 walks. Murphy, 23, returned from a stay on the DL brought on by a strained right shoulder.

New York Yankees
Signed: RHP Nick Montgomery (NDFA—Georgia), C Chris Stewart
Placed on restricted list: SS Daniel Cox
Granted free agency: C Chris Stewart
Recalled: LHP Kei Igawa
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Sidney Ponson, RHP David Robertson, OF Brett Gardner
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Ross Ohlendorf, LHP Kei Igawa, OF Justin Christian
Designated for assignment: RHP Oneli Perez, C Chris Stewart
Outrighted off 40-man roster: RHP Oneli Perez, C Chris Stewart
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Alfredo Aceves, RHP Cory Arbiso, RHP Jason Kiley, RHP Adam Olbrychowski, 1B David Duncan, 2B Bernie Castro, SS Addison Maruszak, OF Jose Tabata
Reinstated from DL: RHP Stephen Artz, RHP Michael Gardner, RHP Ryan Pope, LHP Chase Wright, C Ben Blumenthal, C Jason Brown, 2B Bernie Castro
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Hector Noesi
Option transferred: RHP Ian Kennedy (high Class A Tampa to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre)

No two Yankees prospects have come further this season than Gardner (.287/.412/.429 for Triple-A Scranton) or Robertson (3-0, 1.39 with 74 strikeouts in 52 innings at Double-A and Triple-A), both of whom find themselves in the big leagues. A six-year veteran of the Mexican League, Aceves, 25, breezed through high Class A Tampa and Double-A Trenton (6-3, 1.95 with 72-14 K-BB in 97 innings) this season and earned a promotion to Scranton. He strained his groin before making his first Triple-A start and is still working his way back.

Oakland Athletics
Signed: OF D.J. Hollingsworth
Draft pick signed: OF Tyreace House (6)
Released: RHP Inoel Deaza, SS Walter Correa, OF Dan Wentzell
Added to 40-man roster: 1B Wes Bankston
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Scott Mitchinson, RHP Tyson Ross
Reinstated from DL: OF Travis Buck

Philadelphia Phillies
Signed: C Adam Deleo, 2B Gary Cates
Released: C Mike Zaccardo
Placed on 7-day DL: 2B Carlos Leon, 3B Orlando Guevara
Transferred to 60-day DL: RHP Gerard Breslin, RHP Nate James, C Francisco Murillo
Reinstated from DL: 3B Tim Kennelly

Pittsburgh Pirates
Draft pick signed: RHP Mike Colla (14)
Released: LHP Brady Borner
Recalled: RHP Jimmy Barthmaier, RHP T.J. Beam, RHP Romulo Sanchez, RHP Ty Taubenheim, RHP John Van Benschoten, OF Steve Pearce
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Jimmy Barthmaier, RHP Ty Taubenheim, OF Nyjer Morgan
Optioned to Double-A: OF Chris Duffy
Designated for assignment: RHP Bryan Bullington
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Ryan Drese, OF Caleb Fields
Reinstated from DL: RHP Eric Krebs, LHP Juan Perez
Placed on temporarily inactive list: RHP Michael Colla
Reinstated from inactive list: LHP Brady Borner, 3B Andy Vasquez

The Pirates DFA’d Bullington, the first overall pick in 2002 out of Ball State, on Friday, clearing a 40-man space for Duffy, who had been on the 60-day DL. Because he received a big league deal, Bullington, 27, had been on the Pittsburgh’s 40-man since signing in October 2002. He missed the 2006 season with injury, and played a truncated 2005 campaign, but he was largely unimpressive even when healthy, going 49-32, 3.76 in 110 minor league games, with 444 strikeouts and 195 walks in 622 innings. He posted a 5.89 ERA in six big league games, compiled in 2005 and 2007. Despite Bullington’s struggles, the Pirates were hopeful that he would clear waivers so they could keep him in the organization.

St. Louis Cardinals
Draft picks signed: RHP Jared Bradford (18), 3B Brett Wallace (1)
Recalled: RHP Brad Thompson, OF Cody Haerther
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Mike Parisi, OF Nick Stavinoha
Outrighted off 40-man roster: OF Cody Haerther
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Scott McGregor, RHP Nick Webber, 1B Brandon Buckman, 3B Nick Vera
Transferred to 60-day DL: 2B Jaime Landin
Reinstated from DL: OF Paul Henley

San Diego Padres
Signed: SS Anthony Contreras (Lincoln (American Association)), OF Corey Adamson
Draft pick signed: RHP Erik Davis (13)
Recalled: RHP Clay Hensley, C Colt Morton, 2B Luis Rodriguez
Added to 40-man roster: C Nick Hundley
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Clay Hensley, LHP Justin Hampson, 2B Craig Stansberry
Outrighted off 40-man roster: C Colt Morton
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Sean Henn

Adamson, a 16-year-old infielder/outfielder from Australia, signed with the Padres on July 2, a banner day for the organization as it continues to build an international presence.

San Francisco Giants
Released: SS Cesar Valentin, OF Jeremiah Luster
Recalled: RHP Osiris Matos, C Eliezer Alfonzo
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Billy Sadler, C Steve Holm
Outrighted off 40-man roster: RHP Vinnie Chulk
Placed on 7-day DL: C Matt Klimas, C Guillermo Rodriguez
Reinstated from DL: RHP Chris Begg, RHP Joseph Martinez, C Barry Gunther
Placed on temporarily inactive list: RHP Justin Fitzgerald, LHP Scott Barnes, LHP Aaron King, LHP Eric Surkamp

Seattle Mariners
Draft pick signed: OF Dennis Raben (2)
Released: OF Jermaine Brock
Recalled: LHP Cesar Jimenez
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Anderson Garcia, LHP Robert Rohrbaugh
Reinstated from DL: RHP Chris Jakubauskas, LHP Justin Thomas, 1B Thomas Hubbard, 1B Joe White, SS Carlos Triunfel
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Jean Tome

Tampa Bay Rays
Released: SS Josh Labandeira
Recalled: RHP Mitch Talbot
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Mitch Talbot, SS Ben Zobrist
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Kevin Lynn, RHP Juan Salas
Reinstated from DL: RHP Richard de los Santos, RHP Wade Townsend
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Ben Hendrickson, 3B Joel Guzman

Texas Rangers
Draft picks signed: RHP Justin Gutsie (14), SS Michael Hollander (20)
Recalled: RHP Warner Madrigal
Outrighted off 40-man roster: 1B Chris Shelton
Placed on 7-day DL: SS Michael Hollander, OF Craig Gentry
Option transferred: OF Julio Borbon (high Class A Bakersfield to Double-A Frisco)

Toronto Blue Jays
Signed: RHP Orlando Roman, 3B Andrew Pinckney
Draft picks signed: RHP Danny Farquhar (10), 3B Mark Sobolewski (4), OF Brad McElroy (25)
Released: RHP Kane Davis, RHP Po-Hsuan Keng, RHP Jamie Vermilyea
Added to 40-man roster: LHP John Parrish
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Brian Wolfe
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Ross Buckwalter, RHP Cody Dunbar, LHP Steven Kelsey, OF Aaron Mathews
Reinstated from DL: RHP Po-Hsuan Keng, RHP Adrian Martin, 2B Darin Mastroianni
Placed on temporarily inactive list: RHP Kane Davis, RHP Jordan De Jong
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Kane Davis

The Blue Jays signed both Keng and Chi-Hung Cheng, a lefthander, as amateurs out of Taiwan in October 2004. Neither has spent any substantial time above low Class A, though each pitcher now is 23 years old. Cheng battled a shoulder injury that sapped most of his 2007 season, and he’s posted a 5.51 ERA for Lansing this season, working mostly as a reliever.

Washington Nationals
Signed: RHP Danny Gil
Draft pick signed: 2B Blake Stouffer (13)
Released: RHP Ismael Ramirez, RHP Steven Shepard, OF Ryan DeLaughter, OF Tommy Murphy
Recalled: OF Roger Bernadina
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Collin Balester
Optioned to Triple-A: 2B Pete Orr, 3B Kory Casto
Placed on 7-day DL: SS Jacob Rogers, OF Frank Diaz
Reinstated from DL: RHP Alexis Morales, RHP Ismael Ramirez, RHP Zach Segovia, 2B Pokey Reese