Minor League Transactions

This week’s installment considers all transactions reported by MLB between July 20 and July 25. 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
LHP Taylor Sinclair (Rockford (Frontier))
Added to 40-man roster: 3B Jamie D’Antona
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Connor Robertson, C Robby Hammock
Placed on 7-day DL: OF Joey Side

D’Antona, 26, failed to make the Olympic team after his Futures Game trial, but he did earn his first big league callup. The second-round pick from Wake Forest in 2003 was hitting .367/.407/.612 for Triple-A Tucson, placing him second to Terry Tiffee in the PCL batting race. He was 1-for-his-first-4 for Arizona.

Atlanta Braves
RHP Brandon Beachy (NDFA—Indiana Wesleyan)
Released: RHP Chris Resop
Outrighted to Mexican League: RHP Andy Shibilo
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Anthony Lerew, SS Brent Lillibridge
Outrighted off 40-man roster: RHP Vladimir Nunez
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Steve Figueroa, LHP Jeff Ridgway, C Ben Johnson
Reinstated from DL: RHP Paul Bush, RHP Tim Gustafson, RHP Phil Stockman, LHP Lee Hyde

In his return from Tommy John surgery, Lerew, 25, made five starts for the GCL Braves before moving up to Richmond, where he’s logged 4 1/3 innings in two starts. Resop was released so he could sign with the Hanshin Tigers in Japan.

Baltimore Orioles
OF Derek Gianakas (NDFA—Kean (N.J.))
Draft picks signed: RHP Jesse Beal (14), RHP Oliver Drake (43)
Released: LHP Samuel Basta, LHP Conrad Orman
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Randy Keisler
Reinstated from DL: RHP Luis Gustavo, RHP Bob McCrory, C Brendan Monaghan

Boston Red Sox
RHP Justin Masterson
Optioned to Triple-A: OF Brandon Moss
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Jordan Craft, RHP Kyle Snyder, OF Bubba Bell
Reinstated from DL: RHP Michael Bowden, RHP Jorge Rodriguez

Chicago Cubs
RHP Michael Phelps
Traded: LHP Darin Downs to Rays for future considerations
Placed on suspended list: RHP Francisco Acosta
Recalled: RHP Jeff Samardzija
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Kevin Hart, 1B Micah Hoffpauir

Samardzija hit 99 mph in his Wrigley Field debut last Friday and collected his first big league save two days later. The 23-year-old righthander went 4-1, 3.13 with 40-16 K-BB in 37 innings for Triple-A Iowa, earning the promotion when closer Kerry Wood hit the DL.

Chicago White Sox
OF Noah Hall
Recalled: RHP D.J. Carrasco, 3B Josh Fields
Added to 40-man roster: LHP Clayton Richard
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Adam Russell
Placed on 7-day DL: C Eric Hollis
Reinstated from DL: RHP Matt Davis, 1B Brad Eldred, OF Ronnie Gaines
Reinstated from inactive list: 2B Victor Mercedes

It’s been a tough year for Fields, who has made two trips to the DL and batted .248/.325/.450 for Triple-A Charlotte. But he was pressed into service when Joe Crede was placed on the disabled list. Richard, 24, has come out of nowhere to go 12-6, 2.44 with 82-20 K-BB in 122 innings this season and earn a big league callup ahead of other Charlotte hurlers Charlie Haeger, Lance Broadway and Jack Egbert. Unfortunately, the callup meant he could not make the trip to Beijing with Team USA.

Cincinnati Reds
Placed on suspended list:
OF Sean Henry
Placed on 7-day DL: OF Anthony Gressick
Placed on temporarily inactive list: LHP Blaine Howell
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Sam Lecure, C Craig Tatum

Cleveland Indians
Draft pick signed:
C Moises Montero (26)
Released: OF Jason Tyner
Placed on 7-day DL: C Silvio Castillo, OF Jason Denham
Reinstated from DL: C Armando Camacaro, 1B Chris Nash

Colorado Rockies
Draft pick signed:
1B Tyler Massey (14)
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Juan Morillo, 1B Joe Koshansky
Outrighted off 40-man roster: LHP Mark Redman, 2B Jayson Nix
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Michael Marbry, RHP Greg Reynolds, LHP Xavier Cedeno, LHP Drew Coffey, LHP Brandon Miller, SS Jonathan Herrera, OF Cole Garner
Placed on 60-day DL: RHP Yull Silano, RHP Josh Sullivan
Reinstated from DL: RHP James Burok
Placed on temporarily inactive list: RHP Stephen Dodson, RHP Esmil Rogers, LHP Mark Redman
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Yull Silano, C Humberto Cota

Reynolds was experiencing inflammation in the back of his right shoulder, though it wasn’t expected to keep him out of action for long.

Detroit Tigers
Draft pick signed:
RHP Eric Broberg (41)
Released: RHP Andrew Kown, RHP Marcelo Perez, 1B Fernando Seguignol
Recalled: RHP Zach Miner
Optioned to Triple-A: 1B Jeff Larish
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Steve Gilman
Reinstated from DL: RHP Ben Fritz, RHP Luis Gil, RHP Andrew Kown, RHP Luis Marte, 1B Chris Carlson, SS Danny Worth
Option transferred: RHP Eddie Bonine (Double-A Erie to Triple-A Toledo)

Florida Marlins
OF Michael Ryan (Somerset (Atlantic))
Released: C Raul Escalona, C Justin Webb
Recalled: RHP Rick VandenHurk
Optioned to Double-A: RHP Jesus Delgado, RHP Ryan Tucker
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Stuart Alexander, RHP Dallas Trahern, OF Lorenzo Scott
Reinstated from DL: RHP Benito Beato, LHP Chris Michalak, OF George Lombard
Placed on temporarily inactive list: RHP Marc Gwyn
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Matt Mallory

Tucker, 21, surrendered nearly a run per inning in his first 10 big league games, going 2-3, 8.39 with a near-equal measure of strikeouts (26) and walks (22). VandenHurk’s promotion precluded him from playing for the Netherlands in the Olympics.

Houston Astros
Draft pick signed:
LHP Brad Dydalewicz (8)
Released: RHP Jim Brower
Acquired: RHP Bo Hall from Yankees for future considerations
Recalled: RHP Jack Cassel, RHP Runelvys Hernandez, RHP Chad Reineke
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Jack Cassel, C J.R. Towles
Outrighted off 40-man roster: RHP Dave Borkowski
Reinstated from DL: SS Danny Klassen, OF Mitch Einertson

The Astros signed Dydalewicz, an Arizona recruit, for $425,000.

Kansas City Royals
RHP Joel Peralta, OF Mitch Maier
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Joel Peralta
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Anthony Bradley, LHP Tyler Lumsden, C Jeff Howell

Los Angeles Angels
RHP Aaron Cook
Recalled: RHP Jason Bulger, 2B Sean Rodriguez
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Jason Bulger, 2B Sean Rodriguez
Reinstated from DL: RHP Jason Bulger, RHP Cephas Howard, RHP Alex McRobbie, LHP Doug Brandt
Placed on temporarily inactive list: RHP Tommy Mendoza
Reinstated from inactive list: C Tim Duff, 3B Jose Alvarez, SS Marcel Champagnie

Los Angeles Dodgers
LHP Matt Riley, 2B Mark Bellhorn, SS Ramon Martinez
Recalled: LHP Clayton Kershaw
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Eric Stults
Outrighted off 40-man roster: 2B Luis Maza
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Zach Hammes, LHP Greg Miller, OF John-Ford Griffin
Reinstated from DL: RHP Bobby Blevins, RHP Blake Brannon, LHP Matt Riley, C Kelly Gulledge, SS Rex Rundgren

Milwaukee Brewers
RHP Vladimir Diaz, LHP Derrick Ellison (Bridgeport (Atlantic)), SS Steve Braun (NDFA—Maryland), OF Jay Gibbons (Long Island (Atlantic))
Released: 2B Ryan Crew
Traded: LHP Steve Hammond and OF Darren Ford to Giants for 2B Ray Durham
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Mitch Stetter, 2B Joe Dillon
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Ben Howard, RHP Travis Wendte, OF Michael Brantley
Placed on 60-day DL: C Brett Whiteside
Reinstated from DL: RHP Mark DiFelice
Reinstated from inactive list: 2B Ryan Crew

Steve Braun, Ryan’s younger brother, signed with the Brewers as a nondrafted free agent out of Maryland. He played shortstop and second base for Maryland, and he’ll fill the same role for Rookie-level Helena.

Minnesota Twins
Placed on 7-day DL:
2B Brian Dinkelman, OF Ozzie Lewis
Reinstated from DL: LHP Jose Mijares, 2B Steve Tolleson, OF Brandon Roberts
Placed on temporarily inactive list: RHP Loek Van Mil
Option transferred: LHP Jose Mijares (Double-A New Britain to high Class A Fort Myers)

Mijares broke his left elbow in an offseason car crash in his native Venezuela. Van Mil will play for the Netherlands in the Olympics.

New York Mets
Placed on suspended list:
RHP Elvys Quezada
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Steven Cheney, 3B Zach Lutz, OF Richard Pena
Transferred to 60-day DL: RHP Dan McDonald
Reinstated from DL: OF Joe Holden

New York Yankees
Draft pick signed:
C Kyle Higashioka (7)
Traded: RHP Bo Hall to Astros for future considerations
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Jonathan Hovis, C P.J. Pilittere, OF Jason Lane
Placed on 60-day DL: RHP Francisco Castillo
Reinstated from DL: RHP Jacinto Gonell, RHP Jeremy Hall, RHP Adam Olbrychowski, RHP Kevin Whelan, 2B Bernie Castro.

Higashioka, a California recruit, signed with the Yankees for $500,000.

Oakland Athletics
RHP Mike Benacka (River City (Frontier))
Released: RHP Jose Rojas
Added to 40-man roster: 2B Brooks Conrad
Outrighted off 40-man roster: 2B Donnie Murphy
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Jose Garcia, 3B Jesus Guzman
Reinstated from DL: C Petey Paramore

Philadelphia Phillies
SS Rob Watson (Kansas City (Northern)), OF Kevin Mahar (Kansas City (Northern))
Recalled: RHP Brett Myers
Optioned to Triple-A: 3B Mike Cervenak
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Joe Rocchio, RHP Colby Shreve
Reinstated from DL: OF Javon Moran

Pittsburgh Pirates
C Aeden Mcqueary
Recalled: RHP John Van Benschoten
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Marino Salas
Placed on 7-day DL: C Andrew Walker
Reinstated from DL: RHP Ty Taubenheim
Placed on temporarily inactive list: OF Adam Boeve

St. Louis Cardinals
RHP Mitchell Boggs, OF Joe Mather
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Jaime Garcia
Placed on 7-day DL: OF Colby Rasmus
Reinstated from DL: RHP Gary Daley
Reinstated from inactive list: C Paul Vasquez

Rasmus sustained a Grade I MCL strain in his left knee, knocking him out of the Olympics. The injury will not require surgery, but it could take a up to a month or more to heal.

San Diego Padres
Draft picks signed:
1B Matt Clark (12), SS Cole Figueroa (6)
Recalled: LHP Justin Hampson
Added to 40-man roster: LHP Wil Ledezma
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Chad Reineke, LHP Joe Thatcher, C Luke Carlin
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Neil Jamison, OF Danny Payne

San Francisco Giants
2B Ray Durham to Brewers for LHP Steve Hammond and OF Darren Ford
Placed on suspended list: RHP Morgan Brinson, RHP J.J. Pannell, RHP Eric Stolp, LHP Eric Surkamp
Recalled: C Steve Holm
Added to 40-man roster: LHP Geno Espineli
Optioned to Triple-A: C Eliezer Alfonzo
Outrighted off 40-man roster: 1B Dan Ortmeier
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Nick Pereira
Reinstated from DL: C Dayton Buller
Reinstated from inactive list: RHPs Morgan Brinson, J.J. Pannell and Eric Stolp, LHP Eric Surkamp

Seattle Mariners
RHP Jorge Sosa, C Gabe Johnson
Draft pick signed: RHP Aaron Pribanic (3)
Released: RHP Craig James, RHP Carlos Javier, LHP Erik Averill, LHP Jason Mackintosh, C Korey Feiner
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Ryan Rowland-Smith
Reinstated from DL: RHP Nolan Gallagher, RHP Carlos Javier, RHP Mumba Rivera, LHP Ryan Feierabend
Option transferred: RHP Tracy Thorpe (Triple-A Tacoma to Double-A West Tenn)

Tampa Bay Rays
LHP Darin Downs from Cubs for future considerations
Placed on restricted list: RHP Matt Walker
Optioned to Triple-A: SS Ben Zobrist
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Woods Fines, RHP Kevin Lynn
Reinstated from DL: RHP Alex Cobb, LHP Brandon Mann, OF Sergio Pedroza

Things have gone downhill for Walker, who ranked as the Appalachian League’s No. 11 prospect in 2005, but who then walked 170 batters in 244 innings (6.3 per nine) in full-season ball from 2006 to 2008. Last week, he was handed down a 50-game suspension for failing an amphetamines test.

Texas Rangers
Draft picks signed:
RHP Matt Thompson (7), OF Mike Bianucci (8)
Recalled: RHP Scott Feldman
Optioned to Triple-A: C Taylor Teagarden, 2B German Duran
Outrighted off 40-man roster: RHP Jose Diaz
Placed on 7-day DL: 2B German Duran, OF Grant Gerrard
Reinstated from DL: RHP Thomas Diamond, LHP Glenn Swanson

Toronto Blue Jays
LHP David Purcey
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Jesse Litsch, RHP Brian Wolfe
Placed on 7-day DL: 1B Chip Cannon, 2B Sean Shoffit
Reinstated from DL: LHP Steven Kelsey, SS Chris Gutierrez
Option transferred: C Robinzon Diaz (high Class A Dunedin to Triple-A Syracuse)

Washington Nationals
OF Bryan Miller (NDFA—Troy)
Recalled: RHP Garrett Mock
Optioned to Triple-A: 2B Emilio Bonifacio
Placed on 7-day DL: SS Marco Yepez
Reinstated from DL: SS Ian Desmond