Roger Clemens wouldn't rule out a 2013 comeback, though he said he's "retired right now." (Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)
Pitcher Roger Clemens is "retired right now" but would not eliminate the possibility of a comeback with the Houston Astros next season, The Houston Chronicle's Zachary Levine reported Saturday.
“I might be going again here in February or something like that,” Clemens said Saturday at an event honoring former Astros' stars. “I’ll be throwing. I don’t think it’s going to be competitive, but you guys know with me, I’m never going to shut the door on anything. Who knows what might happen.
“We had this (Skeeters) opportunity come up, but I’m not getting any younger and it’s not getting any easier.”
The 50-year-old Clemens has pitched two games this season for the Sugar Land Skeeters of the independent Atlantic League, hurling eight scoreless innings. In his first appearance, he impressed, with a fastball topping out in the upper-80s.
Earlier this month, Astros owner Jim Crane didn't rule out the possibility of Clemens pitching for the major league team this season, but Clemens flatly ruled that out the same day.
"Why would I want to waste my time running around and getting in shape?" he told Houston television station KRIV, according to The Associated Press. "I get over to Minute Maid (Park), I'll crank it up and get it over 90 for a contender. We'll knock them right out of the playoffs. That would be the fun. Pitching against somebody that's not in contention wouldn't be any fun for me."
"It's not going to happen."