The Mariners have just announced that they are recalling Jeff Clement from Tacoma, and they are sending Wladimir Balentien back to Tacoma.
This move was easy to see coming since Ichiro had been moved back to right field leaving Balentien without a position to play. But because of his inconsistent hitting and numerous strikeouts, Balentien had already seen his playing time decrease significantly and go to Jeremy Reed. Balentien's average had fallen to .196 (21-for-107) with four home runs and nine RBI, but he hadn't record an extra basehit in more than two weeks.
Clement faltered in a call-up earlier this season, hitting just. 167 (8- for-48) with only two doubles and triple. He was optioned back to Tacoma on May 18th.
Since returning to the Rainiers on May 19, Jeff Clement has hit safely in 18 of 23 games.
During this stretch is batting .303 (27x89) with 19 runs scored, 9 doubles, 9 home runs and 23 RBI.
He's hitting .337 with 17 doubles, 14 homers, 43 RBI, 35 walks. He was leading the Pacific Coast League in on-base percentage at .457 and slugging percentage at .680