ST. LOUIS, MO - JUNE 21: Maikel Cleto #63 of the St. Louis Cardinals throws to a Philadelphia Phillies batter at Busch Stadium on June 21, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jeff Curry/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS (BaseballStL) – The St. Louis Cardinals recalled pitcher Maikel Cleto and optioned Chuckie Fick and Brandon Dixon to Triple-A Memphis on Thursday.
Cleto, 23, will join the team in New York where the Cardinals begin a four game series against the Mets on Friday.
The right-hander had a 12.46 earned run average with six strikeouts in 4.1 innings pitched in his only three Major League games played in 2011.
At Triple-A Memphis this year, Cleto made 22 relief appearances posted a 4.50 earned run average while striking out 34 batters in 26 innings pitched.