Roger Clemens returned to baseball Saturday night by pitching 3 1/3 scoreless innings for the Sugar Land Skeeters. The 50 year-old allowed only one hit and struck out two, impressing the Astros with his 88 mph fastball.
"He looked good," said Astros general manager Jeffrey Luhnow. "And I haven't said those words about one of our players for an entire year. So, yeah, we'd be more than interested in having him on our team."
Houston is already eliminated from the National League Central and is 48 games under .500 — on pace to lose 112 games.
"Obviously, at his age, recovery time will probably be an issue for him," said Luhnow. "We'll see how he feels in a day or two. If he feels okay, we'd be happy to have him start every game he wants to and also bat cleanup for us. Right now or cleanup hitter is a person called Ben Francisco, a fact which makes me cry whenever I acknowledge it."
Clemens says he still hasn't decided if he wants to return to the Astros.
"I feel like a pitcher who has accomplished what I have should be able to go out with some dignity," said Clemens. "And wearing the mark of the Astros is a curse no player deserves."
Clemens was then informed that the Kansas City Royals also had a scout at his return.
"Oh, WHAT?!" he said. "See, this is just disrespectful. I quit. I will not be mocked like this."