Clemens will start in Triple-A Monday, but Yankees' debut unknown

Updated: May 25, 2007, 9:41 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Roger Clemens' next start will be in the minors.

Clemens will pitch Monday at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre against Toledo. It's still not certain when the 44-year-old ace will return to the New York Yankees.

"We'll take it start by start," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Friday night. "We want him to come up here when he's ready to help."

It did not appear Clemens would join the Yankees by next weekend for their series against Boston at Fenway Park.

"Fenway, as they used to say in football, is piling on," Yankees manager Joe Torre said.

Clemens had a bullpen session Friday away from Yankee Stadium. Torre was still waiting to talk with Clemens to see how he felt.

Clemens pitched for Double-A Trenton on Wednesday and struggled. He gave up three runs and six hits in 5 1/3 innings, throwing 102 pitches. He walked four, struck out five and threw a wild pitch.

In his first comeback start, the seven-time Cy Young winner gave up one run in four innings for Class A Tampa.

Clemens agreed to a $28,000,022, one-year contract on May 6. He pitched last season for the Houston Astros.


Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press

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