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Royals claim RHP Maikel Cleto off waivers from St. Louis

Right-handed pitcher was 2-3 with a 6.92 ERA in 16 appearances for the Memphis Redbirds

The Kansas City Royals claimed Maikel Cleto off waivers from the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday.


The right-handed pitcher will be assigned to Triple-A Omaha, with the Royals designating outfielder Quintin Berry for assignment to create room on the 40-man roster.


Cleto was 2-3 with a 6.92 ERA in 16 appearances -- including nine starts -- for the Memphis Redbirds, the Cardinals' Triple-A affiliate. He pitched in one game for the Cardinals earlier this season, pitching 2 1/3 innings against Arizona on June 5 in a 10-3 loss.


The 6-foot-3, 230-pound reliever has appeared in 15 major league games in three seasons, posting a 10.34 ERA with seven walks and 26 strikeouts in 15 2/3 innings for St. Louis.


Berry was claimed off waivers by the Royals on June 4 and had played in nine games for the Storm Chasers, batting .194 with one homer, four RBIs and five stolen bases.