Minor League Transactions: April 6-9

A quick installment this time, taking us from Opening Day through Monday, April 6.

Players listed with an asterisk (*) signed a minor league contract with the organization after being removed from the 40-man roster and clearing waivers.

Atlanta Braves
Placed on 7-day DL:
LHP Dimasther Delgado, LHP Chad Rodgers, OF Keenan Wiley

Baltimore Orioles
LHP Dana Eveland*
Released: RHP Armando Galarraga
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Ryan O'Shea, LHP Ashur Tolliver, C Zach Booker, C Kyle Moore, C Joel Polanco, OF Steve Bumbry

Boston Red Sox
Placed on 7-day DL:
RHP Leandro Marin, RHP Anthony Ranaudo, 2B Zach Gentile, OF Matthew Johnson

Chicago Cubs
RHP Manny Corpas*, 2B Luis Valbuena*
Released: RHP Dustin Fitzgerald, SS Leugim Barroso
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Rodrigo Lopez
Removed from 40-man roster: 2B Luis Valbuena (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Starling Peralta, 2B Edgar Gonzalez, SS Kenny Socorro

A major league Article XX(B) free agent who would have received a $100,000 bonus had he reported to Triple-A Iowa, Rodrigo Lopez joined the Cubs' major league roster on Saturday, April 7, after Chicago resolved its roster situation with Luis Valbuena. They claimed the out-of-options infielder at the tail end of spring training but had to outright him to the minors in order to free up the 25-man roster spot for Lopez.

As it stands, the only two Article XX(B) free agents to sign minor league contracts and actually report to Triple-A are Jeff Francis (Reds) and Aaron Cook (Red Sox).

Chicago White Sox
Placed on 7-day DL:
RHP J.R. Ballinger, RHP Taylor Thompson, 2B Drew Thompson, 3B Juan Silverio

Cincinnati Reds
Placed on 7-day DL:
RHP Josh Ravin, RHP Brett Tomko, 3B Jason Christian

Cleveland Indians
Elected free agency:
RHP Rick VandenHurk
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Paolo Espino, RHP Trey Haley, RHP Alexander Perez, RHP Robinson Tejeda, OF Jordan Casas

Colorado Rockies
RHP Brian N. Anderson
Option transferred: LHP Drew Pomeranz (Triple-A to Double-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: SS Taylor Featherston, SS Joey Wong, OF Kyle Parker, OF Brandon Roberts

Drew Pomeranz tossed four shutout innings, allowing four hits and striking out four batters, in his season debut for Double-A Tulsa. He made the Rockies rotation but is staying on schedule in the Texas League until his turn comes up in Colorado.

A first-round pick as an outfielder in ’03, Brian Anderson converted to the mound in ’10, but he's had trouble staying on the field, logging 25 innings for four different clubs in the Royals and Yankees system. He was with the Dodgers during spring training this season.

Detroit Tigers
RHP Brayan Villarreal
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Darin Downs, SS Cale Iorg

Houston Astros
RHP Henry Sosa*
Added to 40-man roster: SS Brian Bixler
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Fernando Abad
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Chris Hicks, OF Domingo Santana

Kansas City Royals
Placed on 7-day DL:
C Jose Bonilla, C Juan Graterol, SS Michael Liberto

Los Angeles Dodgers
Loaned to Mexican League:
RHP Tim Corcoran (to Carmen)

Miami Marlins
Placed on 7-day DL:
RHP Pete Andrelczyk, RHP Arquimedes Caminero, RHP Graham Johnson, RHP Brett Zawacki, LHP Jose Alvarez, LHP James Leverton, 1B Aaron Senne, SS Nick Green

Milwaukee Brewers
C Tony Pechek
Placed on 7-day DL: 3B Brooks Conrad

Minnesota Twins
RHP Esmerling Vasquez*

New York Mets
OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis
Placed on 7-day DL: OF Charley Thurber

Making his major league debut as an injury replacement for Andres Torres, Kirk Nieuwenhuis went 2-for-4 versus the Braves on April 7, then belted his first career homer two days later against the Nationals.

New York Yankees
1B Edwin Beard
Released: C Mitch Abeita
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Graham Stoneburner, C Ryan Baker, OF Cole Garner

A Yankees' July 2 sign in ’07, Edwin Beard spent three years in the Dominican Summer League prior to his release last May. Now he's back with the organization, with a tentative assignment to short-season Staten Island.

Oakland Athletics
Placed on 7-day DL:
RHP Travis Schlichting

Philadelphia Phillies
Placed on 7-day DL:
RHP Chris Kissock

Pittsburgh Pirates
RHP Rick VandenHurk
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Ryan Beckman, RHP Mike Crotta, RHP Logan Kensing, RHP Kyle McPherson, C Jake Fox, C Jose Morales, C Wyatt Toregas

St. Louis Cardinals
Added to 40-man roster:
RHP Victor Marte
Placed on 7-day DL: C Steve Hill

San Diego Padres
LHP Josh Spence
Placed on 7-day DL: 1B Jose Dore, 2B Jonathan Galvez

San Francisco Giants
Placed on 7-day DL:
LHP Scott Walker

Seattle Mariners
Option transferred:
OF Chih-Hsien Chiang (Double-A to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: OF Darren Ford, OF Carlos Peguero, OF Mike Wilson

Tampa Bay Rays
C Adrian Bravo-Carmona (NDFA—Mid-America Christian (Okla.))
Recalled: RHP Josh Lueke
Placed on 7-day DL: C Chris Gimenez

Adrian Bravo-Carmona played his senior season at Mid-America Christian (Okla.) last season before signing with Washington of the Frontier League earlier this year and, more recently, the Rays.

Texas Rangers
RHP Daniel Lopez (released by Braves), 1B Brad Hawpe (re-signed)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Matt West, OF Val Majewski

Rangers Latin American crosschecker Roberto Aquino originally signed Daniel Lopez when he worked for the Braves.

Toronto Blue Jays
Added to 40-man roster:
LHP Aaron Laffey
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Joel Carreno

Washington Nationals
OF Tony Nix (re-signed)
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Matt Purke, LHP Robbie Ray, C Sam Palace, C Beau Seabury, 1B Steven Souza, 2B Manny Mayorson, 3B Anthony Rendon, SS Rick Hague, SS Zach Walters, OF J.R. Higley

The Nationals drafted and signed Tony Nix out of the 50th round of last year's draft but voided his contract before he could take the field. Now he's back in the organization.