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06/08/10 11:50 PM ET

Clement optioned by Bucs to Triple-A

Taschner designated for assignment following loss to Nats

WASHINGTON -- Following Tuesday night's 5-2 loss to the Nationals, the Pirates optioned first baseman Jeff Clement to Triple-A Indianapolis, and pitcher Jack Taschner was designated for assignment.

Clement struggled in 45 games this season, batting only .189 with one home run and seven RBIs. In 19 1/3 innings this year, Taschner was 1-0 with a 6.05 ERA. He also issued eight walks and allowed 22 hits, and he recently came off the disabled list after straining his left hamstring.

Todd Karpovich is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.