Clemens out for regular season
Roger Clemens has been scratched and will not pitch for the remainder of the regular season, though he insists he will be ready for the playoffs. Kei Igawa will pitch tonight instead.
As you’d expect, this is more cautiousness regarding his left hamstring. It’s been a rough month for Clemens, who has battled ligament damage in his pitching elbow, blisters on his right foot and now the strained hamstring. He threw off a mound yesterday in Tampa and played catch with Darrell Rasner but called Brian Cashman in the second inning of Monday’s game and said that it wasn’t feeling right.
As Clemens is fond of saying, he’s asking his body to be 25 at age 45, and it’s pushing back quite a bit. The Yankees’ plan now is to have Clemens throw a simulated game at some point and basically hope he can make an appearance in the ALDS.
More details to come.