May 23, 2007

Planting The Seed For Clemens Cop Out?

Roger Clemens makes his second rehab start tonight for Trenton (AA). He'll be matched up against the Red Sox's top pitching prospect, Clay Buchholz, and the Portland Sea Dogs.

George King, Post:
Joe Torre said it's up to Roger Clemens to decide if [his] start for Trenton is his last in the minors.

"It will be his last if he says it is," Torre said of Clemens ... Barring injury, the 44-year-old Clemens will start for the Yankees in Toronto next week. If they keep him on four days' rest, that would be Monday. But Andy Pettitte starts against the Red Sox tomorrow night and Monday would be his day.

It's possible the Yanks could use Clemens Tuesday against the Blue Jays. If they wait for Wednesday, Clemens wouldn't be available to face the Red Sox in Fenway Park.
Kevin Kernan, Post:
If all goes well you can expect Clemens to be on the mound for the Yankees in Toronto next week, most likely, May 29. That would give Clemens an extra day of rest because he is fighting a dead-arm period right now. That would also keep Andy Pettitte on his normal day, Monday. ...

If Clemens pitches Tuesday, and not Monday in Toronto, it's likely he will miss the Red Sox series, and will make his second start on Monday, June 4 in Chicago against the White Sox. The Red Sox will have to wait until the end of August.

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