Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Astros Consider Adding Clemens

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Astros Consider Adding Clemens

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HOUSTON -- Roger Clemens' comeback might be headed to Houston. Well, Astros owner Jim Crane isn't ruling it out, at least.

Crane said Monday there's a possibility Clemens, 50, could pitch this season for the majors' worst team.

"We haven't heard from Roger, so that's still up in the air," Crane said.

The last-place Astros began a week-long homestand Monday that included three games against the Cubs and four against the Phillies. Their only remaining home games after this stretch are against the Pirates and the Cardinals -- two teams in postseason contention.

Crane said he would not pitch the seven-time Cy Young Award winner against a contender, which leaves this week as the only option.

He wouldn't say whether the team will reach out and try to entice Clemens to return to the majors for the first time since pitching for the Yankees in 2007.

"We're just going to sit tight," Crane said. "We'll wait and see if he calls us, but we might call him, who knows?"

Clemens pitched 31/3 scoreless innings in his first start for Sugar Land of the independent Atlantic league, and didn't allow a run in 42/3 innings in his second start Friday.

When asked about pitching for Houston this season, Clemens said Friday he didn't see it happening because of the time it took him to recover from his first start.

The Astros sent a scout to watch both of his outings. General manager Jeff Luhnow said he didn't have any new information on the subject.

"Right now we have a six-man rotation and we've lined up that rotation for the rest of the year, so I'm not expecting any changes," he said. "The words that I've heard Roger say suggest that that's not front and center in his mind. At this point I'm not expecting it."

Clemens earned $160 million and won 354 games in a 24-year career with the Red Sox, Yankees, Blue Jays and Astros. …

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