Clemens' MRI shows he has scar tissue injury in right groin

Updated: June 4, 2007, 10:36 PM ET
Associated Press

CHICAGO -- Roger Clemens still hopes to make his 2007 Yankees debut against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday after an MRI exam showed he had a scar tissue injury in his right groin.

Roger Clemens

Clemens

Clemens had originally planned to start Monday night at the Chicago White Sox. He scratched himself from the outing on Saturday because of what the Yankees said then was a fatigued groin, an injury that he first felt during a minor league outing May 28.

"We knew [the MRI] wasn't going to show anything," manager Joe Torre said. "He's had previous problems there. Just the fact that there was old scar tissue leads us to believe he'll pitch Saturday."

He had an MRI exam Monday in Tampa, Fla., and Yankees spokesman Jason Zillo and the scan showed Clemens had disrupted scar tissue.

Clemens played catch Monday in the outfield during a 2-hour, 50-minute workout at the Yankees minor league complex. Most of the workout and treatment took place indoors.

He didn't stop to talk with reporters when he departed.

The seven-time Cy Young Award winner plans to throw a bullpen session in Tampa on Wednesday, Zillo said.

"As desperate as we want to have him get going with all of us, we can't have him go down and be out for awhile," said Andy Pettitte, who left Sunday's start against Boston with a stiff back.

Pettitte was feeling better Monday and plans to make Friday's scheduled start against Pittsburgh. Matt DeSalvo started Monday's game after being recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz went on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured right wrist.

In his latest comeback, the 44-year-old Clemens took a prorated share of a $28 million salary hoping to help New York overcome a double-digit deficit in the AL East. He made three minor-league tuneup starts and pitched six scoreless innings in his most recent one for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, allowing two hits and striking out six on May 28. But he also felt pain in his groin during that game.

"We know he's going to help," Johnny Damon said. "We actually feel like our team is starting to hit the ball better. Our pitchers are getting better. Our big thing is hopefully, our pitchers can go deep in the game so our bullpen isn't overexposed."


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