Roger Clemens says he has no plans of making a comeback at this time, but it seems the 50 year-old is working his way towards something. In a text Wednesday, the Rocket confirmed a second appearance for the Independent League Sugar Land Skeeters.
“It looks like we will give the Skeeters the okay to announce that I will start again on Saturday, Sept. 8.”
Clemens looked good in his debut for the team this past Saturday, throwing 3 1/3 scoreless innings.
“I probably overextended myself a little bit. I wanted to see where I was at. Anytime you do these, they’re fun but you don’t want to go out and embarrass yourself or embarrass the club.”
The Rocket certainly did anything but embarrass himself. At 50, just being able to get through the innings is an accomplishment in itself. Let alone to not give up a run.
As far the MLB comeback goes, it seems doubtful it will occur this year. Clemens is nowhere near baseball shape. With his second start coming two weeks after his first, clearly this summer is just a tune up. Unless he’s just trying to pitch a late September game for the Houston Astros in a “one off” situation…
Clemens is likely going to gauge how he feels and plan from there. I have no doubt that if he worked out all off-season, that he could be ready for Spring Training.
The bigger question though, could he last a full season?
Roger Clemens could easily get himself ready for the big leagues again, but would his body hold up?