Rogers Clemens defense case appears to have received a bit of a reprieve on Tuesday when the federal judge presiding over the perjury trial said he's unlikely to allow Clemens' former teammates to testify. Former New York Yankees Andy Pettitte, Chuck Knoblauch and Mike Stanton were all scheduled to give testimony that was supposed to bolster the credibility of Brian McNamee, the former trainer who is the prosecution's main witness. All three players were scheduled to testify that they had been given injections of performance-enhancing drugs by McNamee.
It wasn't necessarily all good news for Clemens from U.S. District Court Judge Reggie Walton, though. He also said he's unlikely to allow the defense to tell jurors about rape charges that had previously been brought against McNamee. That information was designed to damage McNamee's credibility.
Walton also said the trial may not start on Wednesday as is currently scheduled. Apparently, there have been some delays in obtaining the audio of Clemens' 2008 Congressional deposition from House investigators.
It was also revealed that part of Clemens' defense will be built around the contention that McNamee had planned to blackmail the star pitcher with manufactured evidence in 2001. The defense stated their plans to say that McNamee took syringes and gauze pads with Clemens' DNA and tainted it with PEDs in an attempt to force Clemens to give him a job.