BASEBALL American League

* CHICAGO WHITE SOX -- Recalled Roberto Hernandez, pitcher, from Vancouver of the Pacific Coast League. Sent Matt Merullo, catcher, to Vancouver.

* NEW YORK YANKEES -- Activated Jesse Barfield, outfielder, from the 15-day disabled list. Optioned Pat Kelly, infielder, to Columbus of the International League.

* OAKLAND ATHLETICS -- Activated Rickey Henderson, outfielder, from the 15-day disabled list. Placed Randy Ready, infielder, on the 15-day disabled list.

National League

* FLORIDA MARLINS -- Named Adolfo Salgueiro assistant media relations director.

* PITTSBURGH PIRATES -- Signed Jason Kendall, catcher, and assigned him to Bradenton of the Gulf Coast League.

* ST. LOUIS CARDINALS -- Placed Ozzie Smith, shortstop, on the 15-day disabled list. Recalled Bien Figueroa, shortstop, from Louisville of the American Association.

* SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS -- Optioned Dave Burba, pitcher, to Phoenix of the Pacific Coast League. Recalled Francisco Oliveras, pitcher, from Phoenix.


National Basketball Association

* ORLANDO MAGIC -- Renounced its rights to Mark Acres, center-forward, and Otis Smith, guard-forward.

* PHILADELPHIA 76ERS -- Traded Charles Barkley, forward, to the Phoenix Suns for Jeff Hornacek, guard; Tim Perry, forward, and Andrew Lang, center.

* PHOENIX SUNS -- Waived Ian Lockhart, forward, and Steve Burtt, guard.


National Hockey League

* ST. LOUIS BLUES -- Signed Daniel LaPerriere, defensmeman.

HORSE RACING New York Racing Association

* NYRA -- Named Clinton Pitts Jockey Club steward.


* ATLANTIC 10 CONFERENCE -- Named Charles Theokas, Temple athletic director, president; Ed Pastilong, West Virginia athletic director, vice president; Don DiJulia, St. Joseph's athletic director, secretary-treasurer, and Steve Bilsky, George Washington athletic director, past president.

* UC DAVIS -- Named Maryclare Robinson women's interim soccer coach and Jon Wheeler men's assistant basketball coach.

4 * DAYTON -- Named Ted Kissell athletic director.

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