Roger Clemens is scheduled to pitch in a minor-league game this Saturday night for the Sugar Land Skeeters, an Atlantic League team based in the Houston area. The 50-year old future Hall of Fame pitcher will start for the Skeeters and reportedly clocked in with an 87-mph fastball when he worked out for the team.
To further add intrigue to the story, SB Nation's Rob Neyer is reporting on a rumor that the Houston Astros could be looking to grant a September start to one of four former MLBers in the Skeeters rotation, including Scott Kazmir, Tim Redding and Jason Lane and now, apparently, Roger Clemens.
Clemens hasn't pitched since 2007, when he played one season with the New York Yankees, going 6-6 with a 4.18 ERA in 17 starts. He had played three seasons with the Houston Astros from 2004 to 2006 and could be an interesting selling point for new owner Jim Crane, who is likely looking for anything to get fans interested once more in their hometown baseball team.
Clemens has been involved in several legal disputes since he last played, including facing charges of perjury in federal court.
If Clemens does pitch in the majors this season, he won't be eligible for the Hall of Fame until 2018.
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