Jeff Clement Moves To Triple A Tacoma

June 22, 2006

LOS ANGELES -- Former USC catcher Jeff Clement moved one step closer to the major leagues after the Seattle Mariners activated him from the disabled list Wednesday and promoted him to the Triple-A Tacoma Rainiers.

Clement, who was the No. 3 overall pick in the 2005 draft, underwent surgery in early may after undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee and remove bone chips from his left elbow. He was batting .288 with two home runs and 10 RBI for Double-A San Antonio before the surgery.

During his USC career, Clement finished second all-time with 46 career home runs behind Mark McGwire and won the 2005 Coleman Company-Johnny Bench Award as the nation's top catcher. He was also a consensus 2005 first team All-American for the Trojans.

In his storied history, 93 former Trojans have gone on to play in the majors. Last year, 18 Trojans played in at least one major league game.

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