Blue Jays designated INF/OF Danny Valencia for assignment.
With all of the recent acquisitions that the Blue Jays have made, they were forced to make a few tough decisions on their roster and it appears that Valencia is the odd-man out. The lefty-masher was hitting .296/.331/.506 overall with seven homers and 29 RBI in 162 at-bats. He should attract interest from plenty of teams looking to upgrade their bench.
Blue Jays designated OF Ezequiel Carrera for assignment.
The 28-year-old outfielder had done a nice job in limited time for the Jays, hitting .279/.327/.374 with three homers and 21 RBI in 70 games. He could attract some interest on waivers.
Blue Jays optioned RHP Ryan Tepera to Triple-A Buffalo.
The 27-year-old hurler has been outstanding in 21 appearances with the Jays this season, registering a 2.28 ERA, 0.80 WHIP and 16/4 K/BB ratio over 23 2/3 innings. He'll assuredly get another opportunity the next time the Jays need a fresh arm.
Blue Jays recalled INF Munenori Kawasaki from Triple-A Buffalo.
The 34-year-old infielder and fan favorite is hitting just .200/.294/.333 in 15 at-bats with the Blue Jays this season. He'll provide infield depth and flexibility while Devon Travis is on the disabled list.
Rays recalled OF Grady Sizemore from Triple-A Durham.
He takes the place of Mikie Mahtook on the Rays roster. Prior to his demotion, the veteran outfielder was hitting .235/.245/.392 with two homers, seven RBI and a 13/1 K/BB ratio in 15 games with the Rays.
Phillies recalled OF Jordan Danks from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
The 28-year-old outfielder was hitting .245/.305/.335 with three homers and 33 RBI in 94 games at Triple-A. He'll function as a reserve outfielder and left-handed bat off the bench for the Phillies.
Braves sent RHP David Carpenter outright to Triple-A Gwinnett.
Carpenter passed through waivers unclaimed and it appears that he'll stick around and continue to serve as bullpen depth for the Braves rather than declaring free agency. He has appeared in just four games with the Braves this season, posting 7.36 ERA and 1.64 WHIP in 3 2/3 innings.
Cubs sent OF Mike Baxter outright to Triple-A Iowa.
Baxter was designated for assignment earlier in the week to clear a spot on the 40-man roster. He'll continue to provide outfield depth in the minor leagues.