Minor moves: Brandon Lyon, Ramon Hernandez, Shawn Camp, Carlos Carrasco, Hector Gimenez, Eric Niesen, Jose Gil, Mike Costanzo

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A collection of today's minor moves.

Here's a roundup of today's minor moves:

Mets release Brandon Lyon

The New York Mets announced that they have released right-hander Brandon Lyon, who was designated for assignment five days ago. Although Lyon was relatively effective throughout most of the season, his recent struggles and upcoming incentive clauses led the Mets to make a change in the bullpen. In 37 appearances, the 33-year old was 2-2 with a 4.91 ERA, and will hope to sign on with a new team for the remainder of the season.

Blue Jays release Ramon Hernandez

The Toronto Blue Jays released catcher Ramon Hernandez from Triple-A Buffalo, according to a press release from the team. The 37-year old, who appeared in 17 games for the Dodgers before being released in June, signed a minor league deal with the Jays on June 29th. In 19 at-bats with Buffalo, Hernandez registered only two hits, in what is possibly the end of a strong career.

Cubs release Shawn Camp

The Chicago Cubs have released right-handed pitcher Shawn Camp, according to the team's official transactions page. The 37-year old reliever was designated for assignment a week ago after posting a 1-1 record and 7.04 ERA in 26 bullpen appearances. Although he struggled with Chicago this season, Camp may sign a minor league team with a team looking for a veteran presence in the organization due to his durability and ten years of major league service time.

Indians option Carlos Carrasco to AAA

The Cleveland Indians officially optioned pitcher Carlos Carrasco to Triple-A Columbus after designating him for assignment off the 25-man roster, according to Jordan Bastian of MLB.com. Carrasco, who went unclaimed on optional waivers, is 0-4 with a 9.10 ERA in six major league starts on the season, and will head back to Columbus, where he is 2-0 with a 3.10 ERA in 11 appearances.

White Sox outright Hector Gimenez to AAA

The Chicago White Sox outrighted catcher Hector Gimenez to Triple-A Charlotte on Tuesday after designating him for assignment last week. The 30-year old has hit .191 in 26 big league appearances this season and heads to Charlotte for the first time on the year.

Red Sox sign Eric Niesen

The Boston Red Sox have purchased the contract of lefty Eric Niesen from the Atlantic League's Long Island Ducks, according to a tweet from the Ducks' general manager, Michael Pfaff. The 27-year old will be assigned to Triple-A Pawtucket after posting a 4-0 record and 3.23 ERA in 35 relief appearances with the Ducks on the season. Before heading to the Atlantic League, Niesen spent five years in the Mets' system, reaching as high as Double-A Binghamtom.

Yankees sign Jose Gil

The New York Yankees have purchased the contract of catcher Jose Gil from the Lincoln Saltdogs of the independent American Association, according to the league's transactions page. The 26-year old will report to Double-A Trenton, where he spent parts of the past four seasons. The longtime Yankees farmhand appeared in three games in the Orioles organization this season before being released.

Nationals release Mike Costanzo

The Washington Nationals released third baseman Mike Costanzo from Triple-A Syracuse, according to the International League's official transactions page. The 29-year old hit .220 with 10 HR and 29 RBI for Syracuse on the season after spending part of the 2012 campaign in the big leagues with the Reds. In 17 games for Cincinnati in 2012, Costanzo was 1-for-18 with 2 RBI.

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