The Mariners optioned catcher/DH Jeff Clement to Triple-A Tacoma after today's 3-2 win over the San Diego Padres.
General manager Bill Bavasi said it was a matter of Clement getting consistent playing time. Clement, since being recalled on April 30, hit .167 in 48 games with no homers and two RBI.
Clement said he pressed some while trying to help the Mariners struggle offense get on track. He said DH'ing and not playing regularly weren't reasons for his problems at the plate. "I just didn't get it done," he said.
Manager John McLaren said Jose Vidro will return to the starting DH role. Vidro delivered a key pinch single in the eighth in Sunday's game that helped fuel the Mariners' game-winning rally.
A corresponding roster move, the Mariners said, will be made before Tuesday's game with Detroit. The likley option is outfielder Jeremy Reed, who was pulled from Sunday's start with the Rainiers.