Minor League Transactions: May 1-7

Here we present official minor league transactions, conveyed to us by Major League Baseball, for the period May 1-7.

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

Arizona Diamondbacks
SS Tommy Manzella
Traded: LHP Tom Layne to Padres for future considerations
Placed on 7-day DL: C Mark Reed
Reinstated from DL: 3B Rusty Ryal, RHP Bryan Henry, RHP Chris Jakubauskas

Atlanta Braves
2B Alden Carrithers (released by White Sox), RHP Dave Kubiak (released by Rays)
Released: LHP Ben Swaggerty, OF L.V. Ware
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Chris Jones, RHP Buddy Carlyle
Reinstated from DL: C Shawn McGill, OF Kyle Rose, RHP Brett Cammons, RHP Greg Ross

Baltimore Orioles
C Dan Pellegrino (NDFA—UC Riverside), C Chase Weems (released by Rockies), OF Roberto Ortiz (released by Diamondbacks)
Released: C Jordan Wolf, LHP Nathan Moreau, LHP Luis Ramirez, RHP Luis Bernardo, RHP Kevin Landry, RHP Luis Lebron
Recalled: C Luis Exposito, RHP Jason Berken
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Stu Pomeranz
Optioned to Triple-A: C Ronny Paulino, RHP Tommy Hunter
Placed on 7-day DL: 1B Tyler Townsend, LHP Jake Pettit, OF Scott Beerer, OF Jeremy Nowak, OF John Ruettiger, RHP Jon Link
Reinstated from DL: C Wynston Sawyer, 2B Chris Tremblay, OF Steve Bumbry, RHP Jesse Beal, RHP Kevin Landry, RHP Luis Lebron

A 24-year-old Luis Lebron appeared poised for big things following his ’09 campaign in which he struck out 91 in 60 1/3 innings, reached Double-A and made Baltimore's 40-man roster in the offseason. Unfortunately, he had Tommy John surgery early in the ’10 season and hasn't been the same since. Lebron made just 12 rehab appearances last season and, prior to his release, had not yet pitched this season.

Boston Red Sox
RHP Mark Prior
Released: RHP John Maine
Recalled: 3B Will Middlebrooks, SS Jose Iglesias, RHP Clayton Mortensen
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Aaron Cook
Optioned to Triple-A: 1B Lars Anderson, SS Jose Iglesias, RHP Junichi Tazawa
Placed on 7-day DL: OF Felix Sanchez, RHP Justin Erasmus, RHP Ruben Flores
Reinstated from DL: 1B Jonathan Hee, OF Matty Johnson

Only a hamstring injury could slow Will MIddlebrooks after the 23-year-old rookie batted 9-for-26 (.346) and smacked three homers in his first six games with the Red Sox. If you weren't paying attention: He also put up a 1.057 OPS with nine homers in 24 games with Triple-A Pawtucket.
Chicago Cubs
2B Pierre LePage, RHP Dan Berlind
Recalled: 2B Adrian Cardenas, LHP Travis Wood
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Scott Maine, LHP Travis Wood, RHP Randy Wells
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Andrew McKirahan, RHP Ben Wells
Reinstated from DL: 2B Pierre LePage, SS Junior Lake

Chicago White Sox
SS Kyle Eveland
Recalled: LHP Jose Quintana
Added to 40-man roster: LHP Eric Stults
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Dylan Axelrod
Optioned to Double-A: LHP Jose Quintana
Option transferred: RHP Nestor Molina (Double-A to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: 1B Conor Jackson
Reinstated from DL: C Kevin Dubler, 3B Juan Silverio

Acquired for closer Sergio Santos in the offseason, 23-year-old righty Nestor Molina walked just five batters in six starts for Double-A Birmingham to earn the bump to Triple-A. However, he ran up a 3.72 ERA and 1.38 WHIP with the Barons.

Cincinnati Reds
RHP Michael Wuertz (released by Athletics)
Removed from 40-man: OF Willie Harris (outrighted to Triple-A)
Option transferred: RHP Kyle Lotzkar (high Class A to Double-A), RHP Pedro Villarreal (Double-A to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: OF Daryl Jones, OF Jefry Sierra, RHP Andrew Brackman
Reinstated from DL: C Dioner Navarro, LHP Chris Manno

Cleveland Indians
3B Jose Lopez*
Traded: OF Ryan Spilborghs to Rangers for cash considerations
Acquired: RHP Loek Van Mil from Angels for future considerations
Recalled: RHP Zach McAllister
Added to 40-man roster: OF Johnny Damon
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Zach McAllister
Removed from 40-man: 3B Jose Lopez (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: 3B Giovanny Urshela, OF Trevor Crowe, RHP Preston Guilmet, RHP Bryce Stowell
Reinstated from DL: C Xavier de los Santos, RHP Jordan Cooper, RHP Paolo Espino, RHP Toru Murata

Colorado Rockies
3B Jordan Pacheco, RHP Adam Ottavino
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Carlos Torres
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Guillermo Moscoso
Placed on 7-day DL: OF Charlie Blackmon, RHP Tyler Chatwood
Reinstated from DL: C Wil Nieves, SS Taylor Featherston, OF Brandon Roberts, RHP Stephen Dodson

Detroit Tigers
OF Jeff Frazier (Reynosa (Mexican))
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Brayan Villarreal
Removed from 40-man: 1B Brad Eldred (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: OF Daniel Fields, OF Jerad Head
Reinstated from DL: LHP Matt Hoffman

Alas, International League hitting sensation Brad Eldred went just 3-for-16 with the Tigers, though two of those hits went for extra bases in the form of a double and a triple. The 31-year-old hit a home run in his fourth game back with Triple-A Toledo and now has totaled 14 in 25 games. He may return to Detroit eventually.

Houston Astros
RHP Hector Corpas
Recalled: RHP Enerio Del Rosario
Placed on 7-day DL: SS Jio Mier
Reinstated from DL: RHP David Martinez

Kansas City Royals
Added to 40-man roster:
SS Irving Falu
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Louis Coleman
Placed on 7-day DL: 1B Jamie Romak
Reinstated from DL: C Travis Jones, C Ben Theriot, 2B Eric Duncan

Puerto Rico native Irving Falu percolated for parts of 10 seasons in the Royals system prior to making his big league debut last week at age 29. He piqued Kansas City's interest in 2010 when he proved he could handle shortstop at Triple-A Omaha, and he caught the organization's full attention last year when the switch-hitter batted .301/.358/.390 in 385 at-bats for the Storm Chasers. Rather than pursue minor league free agency last November, Falu opted to re-sign with the Royals on a minor league deal. 

Los Angeles Angels
2B Alexi Amarista and RHP Donn Roach to Padres for RHP Ernesto Frieri
Traded: RHP Loek Van Mil to Indians for future considerations
Added to 40-man roster: RHP David Pauley
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Kevin Jepsen
Placed on 7-day DL: 2B Ryan Mount, LHP Nick Maronde
Reinstated from DL: RHP Chris Scholl

Lefty Nick Maronde allowed six runs in last four California League starts, covering 27 innings, so the Angels must hope he won't lose that momentum as he rehabs a lat injury.

Los Angeles Dodgers
3B Tony Delmonico, SS Lance Zawadzki, LHP Brent Leach, RHP P.J. Zocchi
Optioned to Triple-A: 2B Ivan De Jesus Jr., 2B Justin Sellers
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Jordan Roberts, OF James Baldwin III, RHP Andres Santiago
Reinstated from DL: 2B Casio Grider, SS Lance Zawadzki, OF Leon Landry

The conversion from infield to catcher took for Russell Martin, Carlos Santana and Lucas May, but not for ’08 sixth-rounder Tony Delmonico. He gave it a go in ’09 and ’10 but returned to third base last season. The 25-year-old batted .188/.338/.266 in 64 at-bats for high Class A Rancho Cucamonga to open this season. 

Miami Marlins
C Steve Holm (released by Rockies), LHP Michael Jarman (re-signed)
Recalled: RHP Chris Hatcher, RHP Omar Poveda, RHP Sandy Rosario
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Daniel Jennings, OF Bryan Petersen
Removed from 40-man: RHP Omar Poveda (outrighted to Doubl-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: 1B Mark Canha, OF Scott Cousins, OF Jose Duarte
Reinstated from DL: SS Terrence Dayleg, RHP Robert Ray

Milwaukee Brewers
C Jimmie Pharr, LHP Zach Braddock
Recalled: 3B Taylor Green
Added to 40-man roster: 3B Brooks Conrad, SS Edwin Maysonet
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Brian Garman, OF Khris Davis
Reinstated from DL: C Brent Dean, SS Jeff Bianchi, SS Domnit Bolivar

The Brewers released lefty Zach Braddock directly from the 40-man roster to make room for Brooks Conrad. The once-promising relief prospect missed time this year while dealing with an undisclosed personal issue.

Minnesota Twins
OF Clete Thomas*
Recalled: C Drew Butera, LHP Scott Diamond
Added to 40-man roster: SS Brian Dozier
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Liam Hendriks
Option transferred: OF Joe Benson (Triple-A to Double-A)
Removed from 40-man: 3B Sean Burroughs, OF Clete Thomas (both players outrighted to Triple-A)
Reinstated from DL: C Kyle Knudson, LHP Cole Nelson, OF Rene Tosoni

Joe Benson began the year in a 17-for-95 (.179) slump with Triple-A Rochester, earning a trip to Double-A New Britain for the third straight season.

New York Mets
2B Jordany Valdespin
Added to 40-man roster: OF Vinny Rottino
Optioned to Triple-A: 2B Jordany Valdespin, RHP Chris Schwinden
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Chuck James, RHP Zack Wheeler
Reinstated from DL: C Rob Johnson, 1B Sam Honeck, RHP Tyson Seng

New York Yankees
RHP Cody Eppley
Added to 40-man roster: 2B Jayson Nix, OF Dewayne Wise
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP D.J. Mitchell
Option transferred: 2B Corban Joseph (Triple-A to Double-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: C Craig Tatum, 2B Anderson Feliz, 3B Ramiro Pena, SS Walter Ibarra, LHP Nik Turley, RHP Jose Campos, RHP Pedro Guerra, RHP Zach Varce, RHP Pat Venditte
Reinstated from DL: C Kyle Higashioka, C Gustavo Molina, 2B Corban Joseph, LHP Manny Banuelos, OF Cole Garner, RHP Tommy Kahnle, RHP Wilton Rodriguez

Jose Campos got hammered for eight runs in 2 2/3 innings for low Class A Charleston on April 28 and afterward hit the disabled list with elbow inflammation.

Oakland Athletics
3B Luke Hughes*
Released: C Dan Welch
Recalled: OF Michael Taylor
Removed from 40-man: 3B Luke Hughes (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: C Ryan Lipkin, 2B Wes Timmons, RHP Blake Hassebrock
Reinstated from DL: C Max Stassi

Philadelphia Phillies
OF Lou Montanez
Recalled: C Erik Kratz
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Brian Sanches
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Tom Cochran
Reinstated from DL: RHP Mike Cisco, RHP Drew Naylor

Pittsburgh Pirates
RHP Jared Hughes
Placed on 7-day DL: 1B Nick Evans, LHP Daniel Moskos, OF Adalberto Santos, RHP Kyle Cofield
Reinstated from DL: RHP Jeff Inman, RHP Phillip Irwin

St. Louis Cardinals
RHP Angel Tapia
Placed on 7-day DL: C Travis Tartamella, C Kleininger Teran, 2B Tyler Rahmatulla, OF Michael Swinson, RHP Ricky Martinez, RHP Todd McInnis, RHP Jesse Simpson
Reinstated from DL: C Steve Hill, C Adam Lewis, C Kleininger Teran, 1B Mark Hamilton, 2B Tyler Rahmatulla, 2B Starlin Rodriguez, LHP Kevin Siegrist, OF Roberto Reyes

San Diego Padres
RHP Bear Bay, RHP Anthony Reyes (released by Indians), RHP Daniel Stange (Bridgeport (Atlantic)), RHP Kip Wells (released by Diamondbacks)
Traded: RHP Ernesto Frieri to Angels for 2B Alexi Amarista and RHP Donn Roach
Acquired: LHP Tom Layne from Diamondbacks for future considerations
Recalled: RHP Brad Brach
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Miles Mikolas, RHP Jeff Suppan
Optioned to Triple-A: 2B Alexi Amarista
Placed on 7-day DL: 2B Vince Belnome, RHP Johnny Barbato, RHP Yefri Carvajal

San Francisco Giants
3B Mark Minicozzi (Worcester (Can-Am))
Recalled: 3B Conor Gillaspie
Added to 40-man roster: LHP Travis Blackley
Designated for assignment: OF Tyler Graham
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Scott Walker, OF Juan Perez
Reinstated from DL: 3B John Eshleman, RHP Demondre Arnold

Conor Gillaspie, who batted .362/.417/.521 in 94 at-bats for Triple-A Fresno, figures to get an extended look at the hot corner while Pablo Sandoval recovers from hamate surgery. In an unrelated move the Giants signed another third baseman, Mark Minicozzi, a San Francisco ’05 17th-rounder who played in their system through spring training ’09. He spent the past three seasons playing independent ball in the Northern, Atlantic and Can-Am leagues, settling in Worcester, Mass., for the bulk of the past two years.

Seattle Mariners
1B Eddy Martinez-Esteve
Recalled: RHP Shawn Kelley
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Erasmo Ramirez
Option transferred: LHP Mauricio Robles (Triple-A to Double-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: 3B Ramon Morla, OF Johermyn Chavez, RHP Moises Hernandez
Reinstated from DL: 1B Eddy Martinez-Esteve, 2B Dan Paolini, LHP Steve Garrison, OF Dan Carroll, OF Julio Morban

Tampa Bay Rays
OF Hideki Matsui
Released: C Adrian Bravo-Carmona, RHP Richard de los Santos
Recalled: LHP Cesar Ramos
Added to 40-man roster: 2B Will Rhymes
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Brandon Gomes
Placed on 7-day DL: C Luke Bailey
Reinstated from DL: OF Brandon Guyer, RHP Richard de los Santos

Texas Rangers
OF Ryan Spilborghs from Indians for cash considerations
Placed on 7-day DL: 2B Greg Miclat, OF Leonys Martin, RHP Justin Miller, RHP Jose Monegro
Reinstated from DL: C Elio Sarmiento

Toronto Blue Jays
RHP Joel Carreno
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Evan Crawford
Option transferred: RHP Trystan Magnuson (Double-A to high Class A)
Placed on 7-day DL: 1B Gabe Jacobo, 2B Ivan Contreras, RHP Ryan Tepera
Reinstated from DL: 2B Ivan Contreras, SS Chris Woodward, RHP Trystan Magnuson

Washington Nationals
Placed on 7-day DL:
1B Steven Souza, OF Chris Curran
Reinstated from DL: 2B Adrian Sanchez, LHP Robbie Ray