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May 18, 2008 at 4:16 PM

Jeff Clement optioned to Triple A Tacoma

Jeff Clement was sent down to Tacoma following Sunday’s game against San Diego.
The Mariners will make the corresponding move to replace Clement before they begin their three-game series in Detroit on Tuesday.
Outfielder Jeremy Reed was seen entering the Mariners clubhouse after Sunday’s game. Presumably, he will be the player who replaces Clement, but no move will be officially made until later this week.
Jose Vidro will resume the role as the team’s designated hitter as he’s recovered from a sore back. Vidro pinch-hit in the eighth inning on Sunday and singled to start the Mariners’ rally.
Here’s general manager Bill Bavasi’s explanation of what prompted moving Clement to Tacoma:
“Right now, he needs more at-bats than we think we can give him with Vidro healthy now. He’s had a bit of a struggle here. But he’s too good a prospect to not be playing every day. It’s not more complicated than that. A young guy, comes up, struggles, gets knocked back down, comes back up and goes to the Hall of Fame.”
    — Bill Bavasi

Clement played in 15 games for the Mariners. He batted .167 and struck out in 20 of his 48 at-bats.
Clement was asked about the mindset he’ll take going back down to Tacoma.
“Get back to what I was doing when I was successful,” Clement said. “It was a great opportunity to come here and play. You’ve got to have results here, and I didn’t. That’s all there is to it.”

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