UPDATE 12:51 AM -- Jeff Clement's comment to Mike Curto, who covered the game for us: "I have no idea, they haven't told me anything."
Rainiers manager Daren Brown's only comment was no comment.
File this name away as well -- Aaron Pribianic of Class A Clinton
UPDATE 10:45 -- I tried to contact Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik but haven't heard from him. Manager Don Wakamatsu when asked about Clement had no idea that he'd been pulled and was informed of it only moments before his postgame press conference.
"I just found out about it," Wakamatsu said. "Obviously, we were here trying to win a ballgame. They are on the phone during the game talking to people and making decisions."
Then again when I mentioned to him that he wouldn't be the first to know of these things, he agreed.
"I trust our organization in Jack Zduriencik's hands," Wakamatsu said. "I don't know any details beyond that he was pulled from the game."
However, I talked with a player, who seemed pretty certain that a deal would be announced tomorrow. And that player, said, "I don't think we're selling, I think we're going out to get somebody."
If that's the case, there is a possibility that the Mariners would need to package Clement, along with perhaps a big league player (reliever?) and another minor league player. I'm checking into that, but it could be possibly be a pitching prospect from Double A or A.
UPDATE: My source told me that Clement isn't sick either. So obviously something is going on. And if you recall, Clement was also given yesterday off. So there's something being discussed or in process of being finalize. How it involves Clement we aren't certain.
Obviously, we heard the talk of the three-way trade earlier this week, in which Clement and Brandon Morrow would go to the Indians, Cliff Lee and possibly Victor Martinez would go to the Rays and then Scott Kazmir and Reid Brignac would come to Seattle.
That deal seemed to be off the table, especially with the Red Sox and Phillies pushing to get Lee instead.
But remember many of the perceived deals that we thought Jack Z was going to make, end up being different than suspected.
I've been informed that Jeff Clement has been pinch hit for in the third inning of the Rainiers game tonight in Reno. I have it on pretty reliable source that it is not injury related.
Clement has been rumored to be part of possible trades already this season and maybe he is part of a package deal.
Or perhaps, he is being called up in place of another player for the Mariners, who might be getting dealt.
It's tough to say, but I do think it's unlikely that he angered manager Daren Brown to where he would be pulled. Jeff isn't that guy. The only other thing might be sickness of some sort, but he seemed fine when I talked to him yesterday, other than the mustache he was starting to grow.
Right now, I'm not sure, what's going on, but I will do some digging.