CLEVELAND -- Left-hander Giovanni Soto has been claimed by the Oakland Athletics off waivers from the Chicago Cubs.
Soto was designated for assignment Saturday to open a spot on the 40-man roster for slugger Kyle Schwarber, who was activated from the 60-day disabled list following knee surgery in April. Schwarber was put on the World Series roster Tuesday and went 1-for-3 with a double, walk and two strikeouts in Game 1, a 6-0 loss to the Cleveland Indians.
Soto was traded to the Cubs from Cleveland on April 11 and was 1-3 with a 5.14 ERA in 33 relief appearances for Triple-A Iowa. He made his big league debut with the Indians in 2015 and appeared in six games and 3 1/3 innings.
Oakland claimed him Wednesday.
Athletics claim pitcher Giovanni Soto off waivers from Cubs