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Clemens in Kentucky

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on May 08, 2007 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Say this for the Rocket: He doesn’t waste any time. A day after appearing in New Jersey at a golf outing, Roger Clemens was working out at the University of Kentucky. Here is the story, courtesy of the fine people at the Louisville Courier-Journal:


By Brett Dawson
The Courier-Journal

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Whether Roger Clemens is ready for a return to the New York Yankees is unclear.

But apparently, he could handle the Southeastern Conference.

The seven-time Cy Young winner took the mound at the University of Kentucky today, pitching to UK catcher Sean Coughlin, offering insight to the Wildcats and announcing that he’s making progress toward his return to Major League Baseball.

“His stuff was pretty good,� Coughlin said. “Hard and nasty.�

Clemens is in Lexington this week to watch his son, Koby, play for the Lexington Legends, the Class A affiliate of the Houston Astros.

A close friend of UK coach John Cohen – Cohen declined to give his name – works for the agency that represents Clemens. That friend called Cohen last night to see if Clemens could work out at UK’s facilities, and Cohen was quick to grant permission.

So Clemens had a long workout this morning at Cliff Hagan Stadium, first working with a personal trainer, then throwing off the mound to Coughlin as the Cats’ pitching staff looked on from behind the mound.

Often, Clemens would turn back to the assembled pitchers to offer advice.

“Anytime I have a chance to talk to the guys at the University of Kentucky is great,� Clemens said. “Same thing when I’m at (my alma mater) the University of Texas. Some great questions from the kids, and it’s really great that they relaxed. They asked some good, pointed questions.�

Clemens, who also threw some pitches to Koby Clemens, said he’s not ready to pitch in the big leagues yet.

“Right now, the arm feels fine,� Clemens said. “My arm feels good. I just have to get that soreness that I guess every pitcher understands. I’ve got to get it in my legs and out as quick as possible so that I know I can handle the stress of a major league game.�

Clemens said he might be “a little further advanced� than he was last season, when he made a comeback to the Astros.

He’ll work out in Lexington through the week, attending games during the Legends’ homestand, then plans to meet up with the Yankees in Chicago next week.

“I’ve got to get my work done and get back (to the Yankees) as soon as possible,� Clemens said. “Really, all the work begins now.�




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