Former major league pitcher Roger Clemens had one outing for the Sugar Land Skeeters of the Atlantic League August 25. The Skeeters announced Thursday that he’ll pitch for them again September 7, and that could lead to another start — for the Houston Astros, writes CBS Sports’ Danny Knobler:
Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow told CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman that he plans to have a scout watch Clemens pitch for the independent Sugar Land Skeeters on Sept. 7.
The strong speculation in baseball has been that if all goes reasonably well that night, Clemens will then pitch for the Astros five days later, on Sept. 12 against the Cubs.
It’s further been speculated that Clemens’ possible return to the big leagues would be for the specific reason of delaying by five years his eligibility for the Hall of Fame.
There’s one more thing at stake for Clemens. He left the majors with 354 wins; that trails Greg Maddux by one. If Clemens returns and wins two games, he’d move ahead of Maddux into eighth place on the all-time list.