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
By FS KANSAS CITY STAFFFS Kansas City
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.