Clement was added to Cleveland's 40-man roster Friday. Clement advanced to Triple-A Columbus in 2019, and he spent the 2020 season at the alternate training site as part of the 60-man roster. He'll now be protected from the Rule 5 draft and could contend for a major-league roster spot in 2021.
Clement will be a part of the Indians' 60-man player pool this season. A speedy middle infielder who has played just three games at Triple-A, Clement has enough relevant tools to project as at least a bench infielder down the road. However, the fact that he will be training with other prospects, most of whom are several years younger than him, at an alternate site while the big leaguers train at Progressive Field, suggests he won't see much, if any, time in the majors this season.
Clement was placed on the 7-day injured list Thursday with an adductor strain. Clement was hitting just .120/.185/.200 through six games with Double-A Akron before landing on the shelf. It's unclear how long the issue will keep him sidelined at this point.
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