Clemens signed a minor league contract with the Marlins on Monday, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports. Clemens spent the season with four different minor league clubs but didn't enjoy much success at any stop, pitching to a 5.73 ERA with a .281 batting average against combined. He's had some experience in the majors in his career but will likely serve as bullpen depth in the Marlins' organization.
The Phillies optioned pitchers Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez and Hector Neris to Triple-A Lehigh Valley and reassigned four players to minor-league camp. Gonzalez was in the mix to win a rotation spot heading into the spring but posted a 7.53 ERA while giving up 25 hits in 14 1/3 innings. Neris surrendered 10 runs (eight earned) in nine spring innings. The team reassigned pitcher Paul Clemens, catcher Koyie Hill and infielders Chris McGuiness and Chris Nelson to minor-league camp.
Phillies pitcher Paul Clemens has a chance to impress some of the brass in Philadelphia this spring. The non-roster invitee to spring training could make the roster with Cliff Lee out for awhile, reports MLB.com. But Clemens struggled in his start Saturday, giving up three runs on three hits and four walks in 2 1/3 innings. "We need those guys healthy. But it opens a door to show what I can do," Clemens said. "This was a great opportunity to really show that I can work deep into a ballgame. We jumped on them early. So today was a great opportunity that I let slip away. That's tough to swallow. I'm confident in what I can do. I know what I bring to the table." Manager Ryne Sandberg wants to see some improvement in his pitch location. "He's shown some good things in his outings as far as hanging in there and making a pitch and not getting rattled, Sandberg said. "But for him to be able to throw strike one would go a long way with what he has on the mound, so that's something he needs to improve on."
Phillies pitcher Paul Clemens was able to throw two scoreless innings in Wednesday's 3-1 win over the Yankees. Clemens came on in the third innings and did not surrender a hit in his appearance. He allowed just one base runner on one walk.
Phillies pitcher Paul Clemens has been told he has a great arm. But Clemens, who posted a 5.51 ERA in 48 appearances with the Astros over the last two years, knows it'll take more than that. "Some pitching coaches tell me how incredible my arm is and that I could play for a long time, so I think I've been showing some guys what I bring to the table," Clemens said. "I had a couple really good conversations with front office and some guys around here, so it's definitely motivating." He wants to be able to pick out his spots better during spring training, knowing he has to impress as a non-roster invitee. "Sometimes I think I get too overzealous with my fastball and I just pound it and pound it and pound it. So picking my spots more, being smarter. You can't really challenge guys at this level. Once in a while you've got to pick your spots, but you can't challenge too many guys, even the guys you don't really know their names as much. You've still got to pitch."
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