Roger Clemens' solid comeback start with the Sugar Land Skeeters may have the legendary pitcher hungry for more.
UPDATE: Wednesday, August 29 at 8:10 p.m. ET by Ben Chodos
Roger Clemens has confirmed that he will make another appearance for the Sugar Land Skeeters.
Fox 26's Mark Berman reported Clemens' decision via Twitter.
In a text to FOX 26 Roger Clemens says: "It looks like we will give the Skeeters the okay to announce that I will start again onSept. 8."— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) August 29, 2012
Clemens was impressive in his first start for the Houston-area minor league team, and another quality outing will continue to fuel rumors of an MLB comeback.
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Deadspin's Erik Malinowski has the report:
A source close to the Skeeters tells Deadspin that Clemens has already penciled in September 7 as his next (and final?) start for the club.
This is certainly not a shock. Given even a semi-decent performance, it seemed obvious that the "Rocket" would make a push to keep pitching.
So when the 50-year-old toed the rubber and delivered 24 strikes on 37 pitches in 3.1 innings of shutout baseball for the Skeeters, all questions turned to when, not if, Clemens would pitch next.
However, Roger wasn't going to make this conclusion cut and dry, which seems appropriate since nothing is cut and dry regarding Clemens.
The Houston Chronicle's Alan Blondin captured this post-start quote from Clemens addressing whether or not he would be pitching professionally again.
"Not at this point. That could change in a couple days, but right now we haven’t talked to any of the guys or anything like that," Clemens said.
That report came out on Tuesday, the same day as the Deadspin report. Is this a classic case of misdirection by Roger, or is it a misinformed or misleading source?
Time will tell, but my money is on Clemens keeping people guessing. As long as his arm holds up, my expectation is for him to make it all the way back to the bigs.
Clemens is way too competitive to let an opportunity like this slide idly by.