Astros await Clemens' independent league debut

Astros await Clemens' independent league debut

ST. LOUIS -- Houston pitcher Jordan Lyles is among those eagerly awaiting the pitching appearance of 50-year-old Roger Clemens, who will start on Saturday for the Sugar Land Skeeters, an independent team in the Atlantic League.

Clemens worked out for a member of the Houston organization last week.

"I've gotten a chance to meet Roger, and he's a very competitive guy," Lyles said. "Everyone is excited for him. I know he's excited about it. It should be a good time for him and his family."

Clemens will face the Bridgeport Bluefish. It will mark his first competitive game action since the 2007 American League Championship Series.

Houston interim manager Tony DeFrancesco says he does not believe Clemens is auditioning for a return to the Majors. The Houston organization will reportedly have a representative at Saturday's game.

"When you're a competitor, you just want to keep on going and keep on throwing," DeFrancesco said.

Houston general manager Jeff Luhnow agreed, "I think he just wants to see what it feels like to get back out there on the mound."