The Yankees are starting to map out a schedule for Roger Clemens. Here is what we know:
The Rocket will remain in Kentucky for a few days, working out at UK and watching his son play.
He will travel to Tampa on Monday and throw in the bullpen on Tuesday. If that goes well, his first minor-league start could come on May 17 or 18. The Tampa Yankees are home both of those days.
From there – and this is a guess – Clemens would pitch for Class AA Trenton on May 22 or 23. The Thunder are home for both of those games.
Clemens could then finish up with Class AAA Scranton on May 27 or 28. There are games scheduled at Lackawanna County Stadium on both of those days.
That puts Clemens in the majors on June 1 or 2 against the Red Sox at Fenway Park.
Joe Torre made it clear the other day – as did Clemens – that there would be no hesitation pitching Clemens against the Red Sox at Fenway Park.
Don’t dig that back foot in, Julio Lugo. The first one is sure to be up and in.