Clemens considering Astros' invitation to appear at pitching camp

Updated: January 22, 2008, 9:25 PM ET
Associated Press

HOUSTON -- One of Roger Clemens' agents said the embattled pitcher is considering whether to accept an invitation to appear at a Houston Astros pitching camp and appreciates the Astros "standing by him" while he fends off allegations of steroids use made by a former trainer.

In an e-mail to The Associated Press, Clemens' agent Randy Hendricks, wrote: "He knows he is welcome and appreciates the Astros standing by him. He would love to be with the kids but doesn't want to be a distraction. He will decide later what to do."

Astros spokesman Jimmy Stanton declined to comment.

Astros general manager Ed Wade told Houston television station KRIV that Clemens is "welcome to attend" the Nolan Ryan Elite Pitching and Jeff Bagwell Elite Hitting Camps, which begin Monday at Minute Maid Park. Clemens has helped out at the camp in previous years.

"I asked Roger's representatives to get back with me and I reinforced the fact that this is a media event and our season ticket-holders will be present on Monday," Wade told the station.

Clemens has repeatedly denied accusations made by a former trainer that the trainer injected Clemens with steroids and human growth hormone. Clemens said the injections were for vitamin B-12 and the painkiller lidocaine.

The trainer's accusations were included last month in the Mitchell report on performance-enhancing drugs in baseball.


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