Royals claim former Cardinals' pitcher Cleto

Royals claim former Cardinals' pitcher Cleto

Royals claim former Cardinals' pitcher Cleto

KANSAS CITY -- The Royals on Sunday claimed right-handed pitcher Maikel Cleto off of waivers from the St. Louis Cardinals. He was assigned to Triple-A Omaha and to make room on the 40-man roster, the Royals designated outfielder Quintin Berry for assignment.

Cleto was 2-3 with a 6.92 ERA in 16 appearances for the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds. He pitched one game for the Cardinals earlier this season, logging 2 1/3 innings in a 10-3 loss to Arizona on June 5. Through three seasons, Cleto has appeared in 13 games for the Cardinals -- posting a 10.34 ERA with seven walks and 26 strikeouts in 15 2/3 innings.

The Royals claimed Berry on June 4 from the Tigers. Since then, he played in nine games for the Storm Chasers -- batting .194 with one homer, four RBIs and five stolen bases.

Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. Kathleen Gier is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.