Clemens focusing on hamstring rehab, won't pitch until postseason

Updated: September 26, 2007, 10:56 PM ET
Associated Press

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Roger Clemens will remain in Florida to continue his rehab program for a strained left hamstring while the New York Yankees close out the regular season this weekend at Baltimore.

Clemens was scratched from his start Tuesday at Tampa Bay, and won't pitch for the remainder of the regular season. He worked out at the Yankees' spring training complex Wednesday in nearby Tampa, and is scheduled to stay at the facility through the weekend.

New York will conclude a three-game series at Tampa Bay on Thursday before heading to Baltimore for a three-game set that starts Friday.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Clemens could throw a simulated game in Florida. The seven-time Cy Young winner and the team are "confident" he will be ready to pitch next week.

"We're just giving it the time it needs," Cashman said of Clemens' injury.

Clemens played catch in the outfield Wednesday. He is not expected to work off a mound until this weekend at the earliest.

"He's probably going to go easy this week," Yankees manager Joe Torre said.

Clemens tweaked his hamstring while running last Thursday. He has pitched just once since Sept. 3, sidelined at first by a tender right elbow that required two cortisone shots. The 45-year-old right-hander pitched six innings at Boston on Sept. 16, allowing an unearned run and two hits.

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