The seven-time Cy Young Award winner is scheduled to throw 45 to
60 pitches for Class-A Tampa on Friday night. He is also expected
to work in the bullpen afterward to get his pitch count up to
More than 8,100 tickets had been sold by noon Thursday for the
Florida State League game against Fort Myers at Legends Field,
which seats just under 10,500.
Clemens, who didn't speak to reporters, spent 80 minutes on the
field. After playing catch, the right-hander took part in fielding
drills with pitchers in the Yankees' extended spring training
program. He also took grounders and worked on pick-off moves on his
Clemens could join the Yankees after a scheduled start next week
with Double-A Trenton. If he joins the Yankees after two minor
league starts, the 44-year-old would pitch against the Blue Jays on
May 28 or 29. The next time through the rotation would have Clemens
pitching at AL East-leading Boston on June 2 or 3.
Clemens agreed to a $28,000,022, one-year contract on May 6.
Meanwhile, right-hander Phil Hughes, on the 15-day disabled list with a hamstring injury, had an extensive throwing session on level ground. He soon could work off a half-mound.
Kei Igawa, who was sent to the minors on May 7 to work on mechanics, is
listed as the starting pitcher for Tampa on Saturday night. It would be his first outing in the minors.