August 25, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Sugar Land Skeeters pitcher Roger Clemens (21) warms up before a game against the Bridgeport Bluefish at Constellation Field. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-US PRESSWIRE
Seven-time Cy Young award winner Roger Clemens said yesterday he does expect to pitch in the major leagues this season, reports Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun:
Roger Clemens in a press conf before side session with Sugar Land about pitching in MLB in 2012: "I don't see it happening."— Dan Connolly (@danconnollysun) September 4, 2012
Clemens told reporters that he is "just having fun" pitching the the independent league Sugar Land Skeeters, and that he does not expect to pitch beyond his next scheduled start on Friday. It is rumored the Houston Astros will scout Clemens' start and may approach him with a contract for a few end of season starts to help boost attendance and pique interest in the struggling club.
The 50-year-old right-hander, who topped out in the high 80s in his first start with the Skeeters, would delay his Hall of Fame eligibility for five years with an appearance in the big leagues. Several have speculated this to be Clemens' motivation for a comeback, with the hope that the stigma attached to his name from the PED allegations will dissipate in five years' time.