Berry claimed off waivers by Royals

Berry claimed off waivers by Royals

DETROIT -- The Tigers could end up seeing speedy outfielder Quintin Berry again this season, but it won't be in a Detroit uniform, as the Royals claimed him off waivers on Tuesday and assigned him to Triple-A Omaha.

The Tigers designated Berry for assignment on Sunday to make room for Minor League third baseman Francisco Martinez, whom they reacquired from Seattle via trade. Berry was batting .168 with the Mud Hens, including .106 in May.

The Royals' claim ends Berry's Tigers tenure, which began with a surprising stint as an injury replacement and effectively closed with him being one of the final cuts out of Spring Training. He never regained his bat after the move.

"It didn't work out," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "If he'd have been right-handed and played first base or second base or third base, he would have probably been on the team. That's just the way it was. The guy, periodically last year, gave us a lot of spark."

Leyland has no idea whether Berry carried the disappointment of the cut with him to the Minors, but he believes the fresh start could do him some good.

"I'm happy for him. This is a great opportunity for him, and we certainly wish him the best," Leyland said. "I know he was struggling at Toledo."

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. Bobby Nightengale is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.