Clement to Make Rehab Start for Palm Beach

Major League Starting Pitcher Matt Clement will make a rehab start for the Palm Beach Cardinals on Tuesday, June 3 at 6:35 PM at Roger Dean Stadium.

Clement signed a one-year deal worth $1.5 million, with club option for 2009, with the St. Louis Cardinals earlier this year and begins his road back to the Majors Tuesday after undergoing shoulder surgery in 2006. He did not pitch in the 2007 season.

St. Louis will likely use the entire 30-day rehab period to monitor Clement before possibly calling on him to join the team. "We're going to find out what we really have," St. Louis Cardinals' general manager John Mozeliak told reporters over the weekend. "I suspect by the first part of July, we'll know."

It's been reported that Clement is condition to thrown up to 100 pitches, at the velocity of in the mid-to-high-80s, close to his pre-injury form

Clement was a third round pick in the 1993 draft by the San Diego Padres, for whom he pitched up until 2000 before being traded to the Florida Marlins in 2001.

In 2005, he earned his first All-Star appearance, going 13-6 with the Boston Red Sox.

Clement will be facing the visiting Daytona Cubs, the affiliate of the Chicago Cubs, where Clement pitched for three years from 2002-2004. He won a combined 35 games in those three seasons.

He will be on an 80 to 85 pitch count for the game. Scheduled starter Brandon Dickson will have his start pushed a day back to Wednesday.

Barring any additional setbacks, Clement could be back in the Cardinals rotation by the 4th of July.

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