Today’s minor moves, with the newest transactions at the top of the post…
- The Rockies selected the contract of right-hander Simon Castro, the team announced. Castro and call-up Jairo Diaz take the roster spots of Justin Miller (demoted) and Rafael Betancourt (designated for assignment). Castro made Baseball America’s top 60 prospects list prior to both the 2010 and 2011 seasons, though his stock fell thanks to some rough minor league campaigns. The righty has a 3.79 ERA, 11.7 K/9 and 3.7 K/BB rate over 57 relief innings for Colorado’s Triple-A club this season.
- Orioles outfielder David Lough has been outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk, according to Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com (on Twitter). It was reported on Sunday morning that one team had interest in dealing for the recently DFA’d player, but it appears the O’s and that unnamed club were unable to work out a deal.
- As per the MLB Trade Rumors DFA Tracker, Lough’s outright leaves eight players (Betancourt, Emilio Bonifacio, Chris Capuano, Conor Gillaspie, Gerald Laird, Chris Rearick, Donn Roach and Fernando Rodney) awaiting their next assignment.