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Pirates Roster Moves: Jeff Clement Returns To Pittsburgh

The Pirates called up Jeff Clement and designated Oscar Tejeda for assignment.

August 28, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates pinch hitter Jeff Clement (19) singles against the St. Louis Cardinals during the seventh inning at PNC Park. The Pittsburgh Pirates won 9-0. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE
August 28, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates pinch hitter Jeff Clement (19) singles against the St. Louis Cardinals during the seventh inning at PNC Park. The Pittsburgh Pirates won 9-0. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

The Pittsburgh Pirates called up first baseman Jeff Clement from Single-A Bradenton and designated outfielder Oscar Tejeda for assignment on Monday, according to Michael Sanserino.

Clement was once one of the highest-rated prospects in baseball after he was drafted third overall in 2005 by the Seattle Mariners.

Pittsburgh is hoping for some lightning in a bottle at first base, a spot the team has struggled at throughout the season. The 29-year-old is clearly not going to be the player he was once thought to be, but there's always hope for one month of glory.

In his major league career, Clement has only played in 134 games and hit .220 with 14 home runs and 38 RBI.

With the Pirates struggling mightily over the last month, it can never hurt to add some pop onto the bench with the roster now expanded to 40 players. If Clement can do anything worthwhile, the move will be worth it.

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