Originally written on Raise the Jolly Roger!  |  Last updated 8/24/12

The Pirates have called up Jeff Clement from Triple-A Indianapolis and swapped Yamaico Navarro to Indy to clear his spot. Clement will be back in the majors for the first time since 2010.

This isn’t a very big move by any means; just a bench swap. Clement provides some power from the left side, and has had a pretty solid and consistent season in Indianapolis. He hit 16 homers with Indy and posted a .276 average and .825 OPS over 112 games. We last saw Clement in Pittsburgh two years ago, when the Pirates experiment of making him their full-time first baseman failed miserably (.201 with 7 homers over 54 games). He certainly won’t be getting starts over Garrett Jones (or even Gaby Sanchez) any time soon, but should provide a better pinch-hit option than what the Pirates were working with over the last few weeks. Plenty of people have been calling for him for a while now–and while I don’t see him as a big solution to anything, I certainly don’t have a problem with bringing him up.

I don’t think anyone will be upset to see Navarro go back to Indy. He offered some position flexibility, but Josh Harrison fills that role just fine and Navarro’s offense was miserable in his small sample in the bigs (.160/.232/.220 with 1 HR over 56 PA’s). I suppose there’s a decent chance he’ll be back once rosters expand in September, but he’d essentially just be an extra body at that point.

Clement has to be added to the 40-man roster, but it wasn’t full so nobody has to come off. In fact, there’s still one more open spot after Juan Cruz was designated for assignment a few days ago.


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