Minor League Transactions: July 21-26

This time: July 21-26

Players listed with an asterisk (*) signed minor league contracts, replacing major league pacts with the same organization. That's a fancy way of saying the player has been optioned or outrighted to the minors.

Numbers in parentheses indicate draft round.

Arizona Diamondbacks
SS Angel Berroa (Bridgeport (Atlantic))
Released: 3B Tyler Williams
Acquired: OF Michael Restovich from White Sox for cash considerations
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Ryan Cook, SS Cody Ransom, OF Collin Cowgill
Removed from 40-man: RHP Yhency Brazoban (outrighted to Triple-A)
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Ryan Cook
Optioned to high Class A: RHP Trevor Bauer
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Jason Urquidez, SS Dan Kaczrowski, OF David Winfree

The Diamondbacks signed No. 3 overall draft pick Trevor Bauer to a four-year big league contract worth at least $4.45 million. They optioned him to high Class A Visalia.

In the midst of a career year for Triple-A Reno, Collin Cowgill ranks fourth in the Pacific Coast League batting race (.354), second in stolen bases (30), fourth in on-base percentage (.430) and first in runs scored (95).

Atlanta Braves
C Carlos Castro
Recalled: RHP Cristhian Martinez
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Cory Gearrin, OF Wilkin Ramirez
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Tyler Hess, RHP Steven Shell, RHP Ryan Weber
Reinstated from DL: RHP Brett Butts, LHP Ronan Pacheco

Baltimore Orioles
Draft pick signed:
LHP Bennett Parry (40)
Released: RHP Orlando Alfonso
Recalled: 3B Josh Bell
Removed from 40-man: RHP Chorye Spoone (outrighted to Double-A)
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Mark Worrell, OF Matt Angle
Option transferred: RHP Brandon Erbe (Triple-A to short-season), RHP Luis Lebron (Double-A to short-season)
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Nick Bierbrodt, LHP Matt Taylor, C Zach Booker, 3B Tyler Kolodny, OF Chris Clinton
Reinstated from DL: RHP Ryan Berry, RHP Brandon Erbe, RHP Matt Hobgood, RHP Luis Lebron, C Adam Davis

Brandon Erbe (shoulder surgery) and Luis Lebron (Tommy John surgery) are working their way back from serious injury. Step one: short-season Aberdeen of the New York-Penn League.

Boston Red Sox
RHP Charlie Haeger
Recalled: 2B Drew Sutton
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Kyle Weiland
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Dennis Neuman, LHP Felix Doubront, LHP Miguel Pena, C Josue Peley, 3B Garin Cecchini, OF Matt Sheely
Transferred to 60-day DL: RHP Corey Vogt
Reinstated from DL: LHP Royce Ring, LHP Manuel Rivera, SS Jose Iglesias, OF Pete Hissey

Garin Cecchini suffered a season-ending wrist fracture, according to Red Sox correspondent Alex Speier.

Chicago Cubs
RHP Yoanner Negrin
Released: C Jose Guevara
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Dallas Beeler, RHP Arturo Maltos-Garcia, 2B Matt Cerda
Reinstated from DL: SS Junior Lake, OF Jim Adduci, OF Jesus Morelli

Chicago White Sox
Draft pick signed:
C Bryce Mosier (33)
Traded: OF Michael Restovich to Diamondbacks for cash considerations
Option transferred: RHP Anthony Carter (Triple-A to Double-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Stephen Sauer, LHP Santos Rodriguez, C Jared Price
Reinstated from DL: RHP Andre Rienzo, OF Michael Restovich

Cincinnati Reds
Draft pick signed:
OF Bryson Smith (34)
Traded: OF Jonny Gomes to Nationals for LHP Chris Manno and OF Bill Rhinehart
Recalled: 3B Todd Frazier, SS Paul Janish, OF Yonder Alonso
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Jeremy Horst
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Chad Reineke, C Mark Fleury, OF Yorman Rodriguez
Reinstated from DL: LHP Travis Webb

Cleveland Indians
Added to 40-man roster:
OF Jason Kipnis
Removed from 40-man: 3B Jared Goedert (outrighted to Triple-A)
Optioned to Triple-A: 2B Luis Valbuena
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Bryan Price, OF LeVon Washington
Reinstated from DL: RHP Toru Murata

Colorado Rockies
LHP Stephen Head
Recalled: 2B Eric Young Jr.
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Jesse Meaux, 2B Erik Wetzel, 3B Darin Holcomb, OF Willy Taveras
Reinstated from DL: 1B Mike Zuanich, OF Mike Mitchell

Detroit Tigers
Draft picks signed:
RHP Tommy Collier (22), 1B Aaron Westlake (3)
Traded: LHP Antonio Cruz and C Julio Rodriguez to Royals for 3B Wilson Betemit
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Chance Ruffin
Removed from 40-man: 3B Brandon Inge (outrighted to Triple-A)
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Lester Oliveros
Option transferred: SS Cale Iorg (Triple-A to Double-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Tyler Barrett, LHP Matt Hoffman, SS Gustavo Nunez, OF Edwin Gomez, OF P.J. Polk
Reinstated from DL: RHP Patrick Cooper, RHP Scott Green, RHP Robbie Weinhardt, 2B Brandon Douglas, OF Samir Rijo

Florida Marlins
RHP Brett Zawacki, C Brian Dice (NDFA—Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.))
Released: LHP Mariano Gomez
Recalled: RHP Jose Ceda
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Chris Volstad
Option transferred: RHP Sandy Rosario (Double-A to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: C Miguel Fermin, OF Isaac Galloway
Transferred to 60-day DL: RHP Tyler Topp
Reinstated from DL: RHP Pete Andrelczyk, SS Pedro Mendoza

Houston Astros
RHP Yordany Ramirez, LHP David Berner
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Wesley Wright, OF Brian Bogusevic
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Luis Ordosgoitti, LHP Pat Urckfitz, C Joe Witkowski, 2B Jose Vallejo, SS Jio Mier
Reinstated from DL: OF Austin Wates

Kansas City Royals
RHP Casey Edelbrock (NDFA—Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)), LHP Andrew Dobies (Somerset (Atlantic))
Traded: 3B Wilson Betemit to Tigers for LHP Antonio Cruz and C Julio Rodriguez
Recalled: 2B Mike Aviles
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Manauris Baez, RHP Patrick Keating, RHP Leonel Santiago, C Paul Krebs
Reinstated from DL: C Ryan Jenkins

Los Angeles Angels
LHP Harold Williams
Added to 40-man roster: LHP Horacio Ramirez
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Trevor Bell, RHP Michael Kohn, 2B Alexi Amarista
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Kyle Hurst, LHP Trevor Reckling, SS Adam Younger, OF Tyson Auer, OF Kevin Melillo
Reinstated from DL: LHP Harold Williams, 3B Dillon Baird, OF Randal Grichuk, OF Jeremy Moore

Back from his kneecap injury, Randal Grichuk spent a week in the Arizona League before moving up to low Class A Cedar Rapids on July 20. He got off to a 3-for-26 (.115) start for the Kernels.

Los Angeles Dodgers
RHP Mike Parisi (Long Island (Atlantic))
Released: RHP Beyker Fructuoso, RHP Justin Miller, LHP Bolivar Medina
Placed on 7-day DL: C B.J. LaRosa, C Angelo Ponte
Reinstated from DL: RHP Steven Ames, RHP Beyker Fructuoso, LHP Bolivar Medina, C Jessie Mier

Milwaukee Brewers
LHP Chase Wright (re-signed)
Draft pick signed: C Ben McMahan (23)
Added to 40-man roster: OF Brett Carroll
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Michael Fiers, RHP Sean Green, RHP R.J. Johnson, C Michael Roberts, 1B Cody Hawn
Placed on 60-day DL: C Dustin Houle
Reinstated from DL: RHP Seth Lintz, RHP Eric Marzec, OF Chuck Caufield

Minnesota Twins
Draft picks signed:
LHP Josue Montanez (15), LHP Corey Williams (3)
Released: RHP Thomas Diamond, OF Ramon Santana
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Kevin Slowey, LHP Scott Diamond, 2B Luke Hughes
Placed on 7-day DL: C Danny Lehmann
Reinstated from DL: 3B Andy Leer, OF Angel Morales

New York Mets
Draft picks signed:
RHP Michael Fulmer (1.5), RHP John Gant (21)
Optioned to Triple-A: SS Ruben Tejada
Optioned to high Class A: OF Mike Baxter
Option transferred: OF Mike Baxter (High-A to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Nick Carr, RHP Jose de la Torre, RHP Edgar Ramirez, C Jean Luc Blaquiere, C Salomon Manriquez, 3B Zach Lutz
Placed on 60-day DL: LHP Steve Matz, LHP Alex Panteliodis
Reinstated from DL: C Kai Gronauer, 2B J.B. Brown

The Mets' top pick in the ’09 draft (second round), Steve Matz has yet to throw a pitch as a professional. He had Tommy John surgery in ’10 and suffered elbow soreness this year, necessitating a shift to the 60-day disabled list.

The Mets claimed Queens native Mike Baxter on waivers from the Padres. Front office member Sandy Alderson and Paul DePodesta have a history with Baxter from their days in San Diego.

New York Yankees
Draft pick signed:
3B Matt Duran (4)
Optioned to Triple-A: 3B Brandon Laird
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Nathan Forer, RHP Ivan Nova, C Tyler Austin, C Kyle Higashioka, C J.R. Murphy, 2B Walter Ibarra
Reinstated from DL: RHP Kenedy Agramonte, RHP Shane Greene, C P.J. Pilittere, 2B David Adams

Oakland Athletics
Draft pick signed:
RHP Sonny Gray (1)
Released: OF Jeff Bercume
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Tyson Ross
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Murphy Smith, LHP Lenny DiNardo
Reinstated from DL: RHP Jonathan Ortiz, LHP Lenny DiNardo, C Anthony Recker

The Athletics signed first-rounder Sonny Gray for $1.54 million and assigned him to Double-A Midland.

Philadelphia Phillies
RHP Aaron Heilman, 2B Steve Singleton, OF Brandon Tripp (St. Paul (American Association))
Draft pick signed: SS Tyler Greene (11)
Released: RHP Dustin Cameron
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Chance Chapman, OF Steve Susdorf
Reinstated from DL: RHP Phillippe Aumont, RHP Mike McGuire

Pittsburgh Pirates
2B Shelby Ford
Recalled: 3B Pedro Alvarez
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Chris Leroux, 3B Josh Harrison, SS Pedro Ciriaco
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Colten Brewer, LHP Brian Burres, C Travis Scott, C Wyatt Toregas
Reinstated from DL: RHP Cesar Lopez, LHP Porfirio Lopez, C Jason Jaramillo, 2B Shelby Ford

St. Louis Cardinals
RHP Scott Bittle, RHP Brett Zawacki
Option transferred: RHP Francisco Samuel (High-A to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: 1B Mark Hamilton, 2B Luis Mateo, OF Mike O'Neill
Reinstated from DL: RHP Javier Avendano, LHP Justin Wright, 3B Jonathan Rodriguez, OF Nick Longmire

Scott Bittle, an ’09 fourth-rounder from Mississippi, missed all of ’10 with injury and had just five appearances in short-season ball this year.

San Diego Padres
2B Alex Cintron
Recalled: RHP Pat Neshek, C Luis Martinez, 1B Kyle Blanks
Optioned to Triple-A: C Kyle Phillips, 1B Anthony Rizzo
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Hayden Beard, RHP Paul Bingham, RHP Chris Haney, OF Dan Meeley
Reinstated from DL: RHP Jorge Reyes, OF Aaron Cunningham, OF Bobby Kielty

Exit: Anthony Rizzo, who batted 14-for-98 (.143) with one homer in 35 games for the Padres. Enter: Kyle Blanks, who batted .351/.421/.716 with 11 homers in 35 games for Triple-A Tucson. As good as Blanks was in the Pacific Coast League, Rizzo was just that much better—1.181 OPS vs. 1.137 for Blanks.

San Francisco Giants
Draft picks signed:
RHP Keith Bilodeau (24), LHP Bryce Bandilla (4), LHP Steven Neff (41)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Armando Paniagua, C Aaron Lowenstein, 2B Julio Izturis, 2B Ryan Lormand
Reinstated from DL: RHP Jose Valdez, RHP Kyle Vazquez, LHP Clayton Tanner, C Tyler LaTorre, OF Jesus Galindo

Seattle Mainers
Draft pick signed:
C Jack Marder (16)
Recalled: RHP Josh Lueke
Optioned to Triple-A: 3B Kyle Seager
Placed on 7-day DL: OF James Jones
Reinstated from DL: RHP Kenn Kasparek, RHP Max Krakowiak, OF Julio Morban

The Mariners signed 16th-rounder Jack Marder, a catcher from Oregon, for $200,000 and jumped him to high Class A High Desert, where he got off to a 3-for-10 start with a homer and a double.

Tampa Bay Rays
RHP Adam Russell*
Draft pick signed: LHP Ryan Carpenter (7)
Recalled: RHP Jay Buente, OF Desmond Jennings
Removed from 40-man: RHP Adam Russell (outrighted to Triple-A)
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Dane de la Rosa, LHP Cesar Ramos, SS Reid Brignac
Placed on 7-day DL: 2B Hector Guevara
Reinstated from DL: RHP Wilking Rodriguez

Prior to his demotion to Triple-A Durham, Reid Brignac was on a historic pace for offensive ineptitude. Among shortstops with 200 plate appearances in a season this century, Brignac's 32 OPS+ ranks second worst to only Tony Pena Jr.'s memorable ’08 season. T.J. batted .169/.189/.209 (7 OPS+) that season.

Texas Rangers
RHP Merkin Valdez, OF Val Majewski (York (Atlantic))
Recalled: 1B Chris Davis
Placed on 7-day DL: C Carson Vitale, OF Teodoro Martinez
Transferred to 60-day DL: C Carson Vitale

Toronto Blue Jays
RHP Justin Phillabaum, OF Kenen Bailli
Draft picks signed: RHP Jeremy Gabryszwski (2), SS Andy Burns (11)
Released: 2B Ramon Vazquez
Added to 40-man roster: LHP Wilfredo Ledezma
Removed from 40-man: RHP Scott Richmond (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Mike MacDonald, 2B Kevin Howard
Reinstated from DL: 1B Kevin Patterson, OF Markus Brisker, OF Brad Glenn

Kenen Bailli was a productive outfielder in Cuba's Serie Nacional prior to his defection.

Washington Nationals
RHP Cody Davis (NDFA—Tampa), RHP Christian Garcia, RHP John Peters (NDFA—Augustana (Ill.)), OF Leonard Davis (New Jersey (Can-Am))
Released: RHP Patrick Arnold, LHP Matt Chico, C Hector Taveras
Traded: LHP Chris Manno and OF Bill Rhinehart to Reds for OF Jonny Gomes
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Chris McKenzie, C Brian Peacock, OF Gregor Blanco, OF Archie Gilbert, OF J.P. Ramirez
Placed on 60-day DL: RHP Dixon Anderson
Reinstated from DL: RHP Patrick Arnold, LHP Matt Chico, OF Justin Bloxom, OF Jeff Frazier, OF Brett Newsome