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Clement to Cardinals

Posted by Steve Silva, Boston.com Staff  January 3, 2008 05:43 PM

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The Matt Clement era is officially over in Boston.

The St. Louis Cardinals announced they have signed the former Red Sox righthanded pitcher to a one-year contract for 2008 with a club option for 2009.

"Matt is a very talented pitcher who has been beset by injury the last few years," said Cardinals vice president/GM John Mozeliak. "Based on our findings from his rehabilitation last season and his recent physical, we feel that he can be a solid addition to our starting rotation and should have no limitations upon reporting to spring training."

Clement, 33, has a career 87-86 record with a 4.47 ERA while pitching nine-plus seasons in the majors with the Padres, Marlins, Cubs, and Red Sox. Shoulder problems limited Clement to just 12 starts for the Red Sox in 2006. Clement was named to the American League All-Star team in 2005 when he jumped out to a 6-0 record with a 3.06 ERA in his first 11 starts and was 10-2 with a 3.85 ERA at the halfway point of the season.

The 6-3, 210-pound pitcher missed the entire 2007 season while rehabbing from arthroscopic right shoulder surgery performed Sept. 26, 2006. He has not appeared in a major league contest since June 14, 2006, when he prematurely left his start in Minnesota with shoulder discomfort. He did pitch in two simulated games at Fenway Park in September last season as part of his rehab.

Material from the St. Louis Cardinals media relations department was used in this report.

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