|Roger Clemens returns to the mound on Saturday night. (Associated Press)|
Saturday night in suburban Houston, 50-year-old Roger Clemens will take the mound for the independent-league Sugar Land Skeeters. In doing so, Clemens will pitch in organized baseball for the first time since getting lit up in Game 3 of the 2007 ALDS.
Clemens will face the Bridgeport Bluefish at 8:05 pm ET, and the game will be broadcast on ESPN3. The Bluefish roster includes a few former major-leaguers, including Joey Gathright and Shea Hillenbrand.
|The Clemens comeback|
It is, of course, widely speculated that Clemens's start for the Skeeters is but a prelude to his return to the majors by way of the Astros. While Clemens has downplayed the possibility in his recent comments, Astros owner Jim Crane has left the door wide open.
In July, Clemens was acquitted on six counts of lying to Congress -- charges that stemmed from his 2008 testimony that he never used performance-enhancing drugs despite being named in the Mitchell Report.
It's widely speculated that Clemens's motivation for attempting a return to the majors is to push back his hall-of-fame eligibility. Doing so would perhaps allow Clemens to be evaluated by hall-of-fame voters less inclined to take a hardline stance against his alleged use of PEDs. Still, it's highly doubtful than even an all-time great like Clemens can survive in the majors at age 50.
In any event, the first step of his possible comeback goes down in a matter of hours.