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A Healthy Clement Ready for Opportunity with Pittsburgh

A Healthy Clement Ready for Opportunity with Pittsburgh

It's been a long journey back to the big leagues for Jeff Clement. But on Friday, the first baseman was given the opportunity to battle his way back when the Pirates selected him from Triple-A Indianapolis to join the club in Pittsburgh.

Clement, who was Pittsburgh’s Opening Day first baseman in 2010, made his last appearance in a Major League game with the Pirates on August 20, 2010. The first baseman battled injures and underwent season-ending left knee surgery, which forced him to miss most of the 2011 season. Clement played in just 31 games after rehabbing his way back.

"I think about where I was a year ago, just coming off rehab and playing sparingly in Triple-A," Clement said. "To have a solid year this year, and to be back here it’s everything that I would hope it would be. I’m excited about the opportunity."

"Progressively better," he said of his knee. "At the beginning of the season, there was a little bit more pain involved. As the season has gone on, it’s been a lot...

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