Thursday, February 14, 2008

DH or AAA for Clement; Notes

Here are Spring Training notes from Thursday morning:

Manager John McLaren told reporters today that Jeff Clement will not be carried as a third catcher, nor will he challenge Richie Sexson at first base. Clement will report to AAA Tacoma unless he can beat out Jose Vidro for the DH job. Even though most of us think Clement would be better in the role, he'll have to have a monster Spring to have a chance. ''With his bat, he could DH,'' McLaren said. ''We're very happy with Vidro as our DH and with Kenji as our catcher. But we like surprises, too.''

Brandon Morrow will most certainly pitch in the late innings, not in long relief. This helps the team the most, but hurts Morrow's development as a starter.

McLaren says a platoon in right field is unlikely, though Wlad Balentien, Jeremy Reed, Charlton Jimerson and Mike Morse will all be given looks. If Norton should make the team, kiss this possibility goodbye.

Sources: Shannon Drayer - Ryan Divish - John Hickey

If I missed anything, feel free to post it in the comments for everyone. I'm busy working on the new site today.

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