"If that bat is something you really think is important, then you can [carry both Clark and Lind]"," Roenicke said. "If you had Prince [Fielder] out there playing first base, then you don't need him. But we don't know with Lind how many games he's going to be able to [play]. So I think you want a guy to replace him that you feel good about.
"But the main thing is you need good pinch-hitters on the bench, and more left-handers than you do right-handers."
Clark made a positive impression on the Brewers last season, when he hit three September home runs. His batting average fell below .200 before the season was out, but Roenicke has been impressed by Clark's ability in more regular playing time this spring to use the whole field.
In an emergency, Clark could also play the outfield. But if he makes the Opening Day cut, it will be on the strength of his bat as a pinch-hitter.
"He's a smart hitter. He knows what he's doing," Roenicke said. "I think he would be able to do it."
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