No Decision Yet on Clemens' Status
Jul. 28, 2002
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) _ New York Yankees ace Roger Clemens might make another rehab start before coming off the disabled list.
``We'll watch him throw, and get a feel,'' manager Joe Torre said Sunday before the Yankees played at Tampa Bay. ``We can always send him back or send him wherever he needs to go for his rehab, which would be on Thursday if he needs another start.''
Clemens threw 92 pitches in a rehabilitation start for Class-A Tampa on Saturday night. He will accompany the team to Texas, where the Yankees open a three-game series Monday.
The six-time Cy Young Award winner will throw off a bullpen mound before Monday's game.
On Saturday, Clemens allowed three runs on five hits in five innings, walking two and striking out six. His fastball was clocked consistently in the low 90s.
``We're going in the right direction,'' Torre said. ``I don't think if he needs another start that it's because we think something is wrong. We want to make sure, while he has this opportunity, that we don't try to rush this thing if we don't need to.''
Torre said Clemens has not been slotted into the Yankees' rotation yet.
``When Roger's back, we'll make a spot for him,'' Torre said. ``Right now, we're more concerned with getting as much rehab as he needs.''
Clemens is 8-3 with a 4.02 ERA this season, but he didn't get a decision in his last five starts before going on the DL on July 13. It's his third stint on the disabled list with a strained right groin. He's been on the DL six times during his 19-year major league career.