Minor League Transactions: Aug. 1-7

Official minor league transactions, conveyed to us by Major League Baseball, for the period Aug. 1-7.

Arizona Diamondbacks
RHP Zeke Spruill
Added to 40-man roster: C Tuffy Gosewisch
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Chaz Roe, LHP Tony Sipp
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Brett Lorin, RHP Jose Martinez, LHP Steve Hathaway, 1B Jon Griffin
Reinstated from DL: C Mike Brenly, 3B Jake Lamb

An injury to Miguel Montero cleared the way for 29-year-old minor league veteran Tuffy Gosewich to make his big league debut. The '05 11th-rounder from Arizona State has caught more than 700 games in the minors, earning best defensive catcher honors in three of the leagues in which he’s played.

Atlanta Braves
LHP Cole Nelson
Placed on 7-day DL: C Cory Brownsten
Transferred to 60-day DL: LHP Chuck Buchanan, LHP Nelson Leon, LHP Luis Merejo

Baltimore Orioles
OF Chris Pettit
Recalled: 3B Danny Valencia
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Steve Johnson, 3B Danny Valencia
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Yi-Hsiang Lin, LHP Andy Loomis, C Luis Exposito, C Ronny Paulino, 2B Sammie Starr, OF Brenden Webb
Placed on 60-day DL: LHP Elias Pinales
Reinstated from DL: RHP Dioni Dominguez, RHP Jose Nivar, C Steve Clevenger, 2B Travis Adair, 3B Torsten Boss

Boston Red Sox
OF Jervenski Johnson (NDFA—Amite (La.) HS)
Released: RHP Brandon Lyon
Recalled: RHP Pedro Beato, RHP Rubby de la Rosa, RHP Brandon Workman, RHP Steven Wright
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Pedro Beato, RHP Jose de la Torre
Placed on 7-day DL: OF Mitch Maier
Reinstated from DL: RHP Nefi Ogando, RHP Kyle Stroup, 2B Sean Coyle, OF Mitch Maier

Jervenski Johnson, who showed up as a prospect to watch in our pre-draft coverage, had committed to play football and baseball at Southeastern Louisiana.

Chicago Cubs
RHP Kevin Rhoderick
Recalled: 2B Logan Watkins
Added to 40-man roster: 2B Donnie Murphy
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Eduardo Sanchez
Removed from 40-man: OF Julio Borbon (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Zak Hermans, RHP Barret Loux, RHP Henry Rodriguez, LHP Anthony Prieto, C Taylor Davis, C Luis Flores, OF Albert Almora
Reinstated from DL: RHP Jose Arias, RHP Johermyn Chavez, RHP Ben Wells, LHP Michael Heesch, LHP Eric Jokisch, C Neftali Rosario, OF Tim Torres

The sixth pick in the 2012 draft, center fielder Albert Almora went on the low Class A Kane County disabled list with a groin injury. He batted .329/.376/.466 with 17 doubles in 61 games.

Chicago White Sox
RHP Andrew Brackman, LHP Adam Boydston, SS Angel Sanchez
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Salvador Sanchez, C Luis Sierra, 1B Keon Barnum
Reinstated from DL: RHP Andrew Brackman, RHP Scott Carroll, OF Mark Haddow, OF Jared Mitchell

The release of Andrew Brackman could end the baseball career of the former two-sport star at North Carolina State. The Yankees’ 2007 first-round pick signed a lucrative major league contract in August of that year, with a $3.35 million signing bonus and guarantee of $4.55 million, even though he needed Tommy John surgery. He debuted in 2009 as a 23-year-old and struggled with command throughout his minor league career. He reached New York for three relief outings at the end of 2011, but he became a free agent that October and signed with the Reds in January 2012, then signed with the White Sox as a free agent last offseason. According to a source close to Brackman, he has yet to decide whether or not to continue his baseball career or to attempt to return to basketball. He played two seasons of hoops at N.C. State, where the 6-foot-10 Brackman averaged 7.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1 block per game as a reserve in 2004-2006. (John Manuel)

Cincinnati Reds
LHP Zach Duke
Recalled: RHP Pedro Villarreal
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Curtis Partch, RHP Pedro Villarreal
Option transferred: RHP Josh Ravin (Double-A to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Kyle Lotzkar
Reinstated from DL: RHP Shaun Ellis, RHP Werleen Taveras

Cleveland Indians
RHP Boof Bonser
Traded: RHP Fernando Nieve to Athletics for cash considerations
Recalled: RHP Matt Langwell, RHP Danny Salazar
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Matt Langwell
Removed from 40-man: RHP Joe Martinez (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: C Charlie Valerio, C Chris Wallace, 2B Luis Hernandez, OF Anthony Santander
Placed on 60-day DL: 2B Mike Giuffre
Reinstated from DL: RHP Boof Bonser, RHP Michael Goodnight, 1B Adam Abraham, 1B Matt LaPorta, 3B Leonardo Castillo, OF Aaron Siliga

Colorado Rockies
LHP Jeff Francis
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Chad Bettis
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Jeff Francis
Designated for assignment: RHP Josh Sullivan
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Ryan Buch, RHP Coty Woods, 2B Jose Rivera, OF Tyler Colvin
Reinstated from DL: RHP Armando Galarraga, LHP Hisanori Takahashi, 1B Dean Espy

Detroit Tigers
RHP Jose Valverde
Recalled: 2B Hernan Perez
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Jeremy Bonderman
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Evan Reed, LHP Darin Downs
Optioned to Double-A: 2B Hernan Perez
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Tyler Clark, RHP Brennan Smith, RHP Jess Todd, LHP Joe Flattery
Reinstated from DL: RHP Jess Todd, LHP Kyle Ryan

Houston Astros
RHP Juri Perez, 1B Zach Johnson
Recalled: RHP Brad Peacock, OF Jimmy Paredes
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Jorge De Leon
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Jose Cisnero, OF Jimmy Paredes
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Sergio Escalona, SS Jio Mier
Reinstated from DL: RHP Jamaine Cotton, LHP Brian Holmes

Kansas City Royals
LHP Danny Duffy, LHP Will Smith
Added to 40-man roster: C Brett Hayes
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Will Smith
Placed on 7-day DL: 3B Mike Antonio
Reinstated from DL: 2B Chase Lambin

Los Angeles Angels
RHP Drew Rucinski (Rockford (Frontier)), RHP Jason Urquidez (Lancaster (Atlantic)), 3B Andy Marte (York (Atlantic)), OF Danny Perales (Monclava (Mexican))
Released: RHP Drew Carpenter, RHP Mike Ekstrom, LHP Michael Johnson, LHP Mitch Stetter
Recalled: 2B Grant Green
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Daniel Stange
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Ty Kelley, RHP Matt Oye, LHP Tyler DeLoach, 2B Luis Rodriguez, OF Trent Oeltjen
Reinstated from DL: RHP Daniel Tillman, LHP Eswarlin Jimenez, LHP Brandon Love, LHP Mitch Stetter, C Stephen McGee, 1B Matt Scioscia

One-time top prospect Andy Marte, who peaked at No. 9 on our Top 100 Prospects prior to the '05 season, seemed well on his way to stardom that year when he put up an .878 OPS as a 21-year-old in his Triple-A debut. Over his next 1,420 plate appearances at the level, however, Marte hit just .265/.319/.458 (.778 OPS) and failed to gain a foothold in the majors. He took a year off in 2012, then at age 29 surfaced in the Atlantic League this year, where the Angels signed him (and Jason Urquidez).

Los Angeles Dodgers
RHP Edwin Carl (Schaumburg (Frontier)), OF Stefen Henderson (NDFA—Academy of Art (Calif.))
Recalled: C John Baker, SS Dee Gordon
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Stephen Fife, OF Scott Van Slyke
Removed from 40-man: C John Baker (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Jharel Cotton, RHP Arismendy Ozoria, C Damaso Espino, OF Robbie Garvey
Reinstated from DL: RHP Alan Garcia, OF Ryan Mount

Stefen Henderson joins second baseman Zach Babitt, a Dodgers 10th-rounder in 2012, as the only two products of the Academy of Art (Calif.) in pro ball.

Miami Marlins
LHP Mauricio Atizol
Released: RHP Mitch Talbot, LHP Duane Below, 1B Aaron Dudley, 1B Matt Smith, SS Yeison Hernandez
Option transferred: RHP Sam Dyson (Double-A to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Doug Mathis, C Taylor Krick, OF Jake Smolinski
Reinstated from DL: RHP Blake Barnes, RHP Sam Dyson, RHP Mitch Talbot, C Tony Caldwell, 1B Aaron Dudley

The Marlins released Duane Below so that he could sign with the Kia Tigers of Korea.

Milwaukee Brewers
Optioned to Triple-A:
2B Scooter Gennett
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Cody Scarpetta, RHP Eric Semmelhack, C Adam Weisenburger, C Shawn Zarraga, OF Tyrone Taylor
Reinstated from DL: RHP Damien Magnifico, 1B Micah Owings, SS Ozzie Chavez, OF Michael Reed

Tyrone Taylor missed time on the low Class A Wisconsin disabled list with a hip strain.

Minnesota Twins
OF Oswaldo Arcia
Added to 40-man roster: LHP Andrew Albers
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Scott Diamond, OF Aaron Hicks
Option transferred: C Josmil Pinto (Double-A to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: 1B Mike Gonzales, OF Jake Proctor, OF Antoan Richardson
Reinstated from DL: RHP Carson Goldsmith, LHP Brett Lee

New York Mets
3B Wilmer Flores, OF Mike Baxter
Added to 40-man roster: LHP Pedro Feliciano
Optioned to Triple-A: OF Lucas Duda
Option transferred: C Travis d’Arnaud (Triple-A to Double-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Matt Koch, C Kai Gronauer, SS Phillip Evans
Reinstated from DL: LHP Juan Urbina, C Kai Gronauer, C Nelfi Zapata, SS Brian Bixler, OF Charley Thurber

New York Yankees
RHP Jaron Long (NDFA—Ohio State)
Released: LHP Josh Spence
Recalled: 3B David Adams
Optioned to Triple-A: OF Melky Mesa
Designated for assignment: OF Thomas Neal
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Michael Pineda, LHP Matt Tracy, 1B Andrew Clark, 3B Fu-Lin Kuo
Placed on 60-day DL: 3B Adam Silva
Reinstated from DL: RHP Pat Venditte, LHP Omar Luis, LHP Matt Tracy, 1B Matt Snyder, SS Addison Maruszak, OF Shane Brown, OF Ben Gamel

Yankees correspondent George King reports that undrafted Ohio State junior Jaron Long, the son of Yankees big league hitting coach Kevin Long, signed for $50,000 plus tuition money.

The January 2012 Yankees-Mariners trade that sent Michael Pineda to New York and catcher Jesus Montero to Seattle has produced no clear winners. In the same week that Montero received a 50-game suspension for his link to the Biogenesis clinic, Pineda left a Triple-A start with shoulder stiffness and went on the disabled list. He’s made 10 appearances for Yankees affiliates in two years.

Oakland Athletics
SS Wilfredo Solano
Acquired: RHP Fernando Nieve from Indians for cash considerations
Recalled: RHP Evan Scribner
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Tommy Milone
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Mike DeMark, RHP Stuart Pudenz, RHP Seth Streich, RHP Michael Ynoa, LHP Jerad Grundy, LHP Jose Torres
Reinstated from DL: RHP Dustin Driver, RHP Carlos Fisher, C Seongmin Kim, C Diomedes Lopez

Philadelphia Phillies
RHP Ethan Martin
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Zach Miner, LHP Cesar Jimenez
Removed from 40-man: RHP J.C. Ramirez, OF Steve Susdorf (both players outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Zach Cooper, LHP Nick Hernandez
Reinstated from DL: RHP Kevin Brady

Pittsburgh Pirates
1B Jeff Larish
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Vic Black
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Kenn Kasparek, OF Francisco Aponte
Reinstated from DL: RHP George Borden

St. Louis Cardinals
RHP Travis Miller
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Keith Butler, 1B Brock Peterson
Reinstated from DL: 1B Jordan Walton

San Diego Padres
SS Ronny Cedeno (released by Astros, July 27)
Added to 40-man roster: SS Ronny Cedeno
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Joe Church, RHP Dan Cortes, 1B Travis Whitmore, 2B Maxx Tissenbaum, OF Johan Limonta
Reinstated from DL: RHP Jose Madrid, C Robert Kral, SS Jace Peterson

San Francisco Giants
Removed from 40-man:
RHP Yusmeiro Petit (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Joan Gregorio, RHP Chris Heston, RHP Eury Sanchez, C Andrew Susac, 1B Angel Villalona, OF Rafael Rodriguez
Transferred to 60-day DL: RHP Ray Black, RHP Miguel Ferrer, OF Brennan Metzger
Reinstated from DL: RHP Alejandro Flores, RHP Jose Reyes, C Jesus Navarro, 3B Shayne Houck, SS Juan Ciriaco

Seattle Mariners
C Nick Ammirati (St. Paul (American Association)), 3B Dan Kemp (NDFA—Franklin Pierce (N.H.))
Recalled: RHP Carter Capps
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Tom Wilhelmsen
Placed on 7-day DL: C Franklin Diaz, 3B Joe DeCarlo, OF James Jones
Reinstated from DL: RHP Jose Torres, OF Denny Almonte

Tampa Bay Rays
OF Brandon Guyer
Added to 40-man roster: OF Jason Bourgeois
Reinstated from DL: C Craig Albernaz, OF Brandon Guyer

Texas Rangers
2B Taylor Wrenn (Traverse City (Frontier))
Released: RHP Joe Van Meter
Recalled: OF Engel Beltre
Added to 40-man roster: OF Joey Butler
Optioned to Triple-A: OF Engel Beltre
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Raul Beaton, RHP Ryan Bores, RHP Ryan Rodebaugh, LHP Yohander Mendez, 1B Ronald Guzman, OF Nick Williams
Reinstated from DL: RHP Cody Kendall, RHP Neil Ramirez, RHP Cole Wiper, OF Royce Bolinger, OF Lewis Brinson

Dominican teen first baseman Ronald Guzman has had his full-season debut interrupted by injuries, his latest trip to the disabled list coming as a result of being hit on the right hand by a pitch. In 49 games for low Class A Hickory he has hit .272/.325/.387 with four homers.

Toronto Blue Jays
SS Tommy Manzella
Recalled: RHP Brad Lincoln, RHP Neil Wagner
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Todd Redmond
Designated for assignment: RHP Michael Schwimer
Placed on 7-day DL: 1B Mauro Gomez
Reinstated from DL: RHP Shawn Griffith, 2B Jim Negrych, 2B John Tolisano, OF Ricardo Nanita

Washington Nationals
LHP Xavier Cedeno
Added to 40-man roster:
RHP Tanner Roark
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Xavier Cedeno
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Cameron Selik, LHP David Napoli, OF Brian Goodwin
Reinstated from DL: SS Wes Schill

Multi-tooled center fielder Brian Goodwin has not taken the big step forward that many scouts had expected as he repeats Double-A this season, batting .254/.351/.399 with nine homers and 18 steals in 104 games at Harrisburg. The Nationals have been largely quiet about Goodwin’s recent visit to the disabled list, saying only that he has a right arm injury.