A year ago today, Jeff Clement made a start for the Pittsburgh Pirates. It was his first start in over two months, after spending a lot of time in AAA. Clement would only make two more starts before being placed on the disabled list with left knee irritation. A later exam found a microfracture in his knee, which required surgery. Over the off-season he was outrighted off the 40-man roster, and he missed all of Spring Training. He's only recently made his way back to the AAA level, where he is 6-for-13 in his first four games.
The knee injury certainly didn't rob Clement of any playing time. He played his way out of Pittsburgh last year, hitting for a .201/.237/.368 line. The former catching prospect was moved to first base, which raised some concerns from Pirates fans about his defense. The defense at first ended up fine, but the lack of hitting was the problem. The hitting returned in AAA, when Clement hit for a .304/.337/.548 line with eight homers in 168 at-bats.
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