Roger Clemens is scheduled to pitch again for the Sugar Land Skeeters, and if it goes well, he could be pitching for the Houston Astros about a week later, CBSSports.com reported Thursday.
His second start for the Skeeters is tentatively scheduled for Sept. 7, and Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow told CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman that the Astros plan to have a scout at that game.
According to the report, there is considerable speculation that if Clemens pitches well in that game, he will pitch for the Astros five days later, on Sept. 12 against the Cubs.
Clemens turned 50 earlier this month and last pitched in the big leagues in 2007 with the Yankees.
He is scheduled to be on this December's Hall of Fame ballot, but that eligibility will be delayed for another five years if he pitches for the Astros.
"My first start with the Skeeters was a great deal of fun," Clemens said in a statement. "There was lots of excitement in the air. I am looking forward to doing it again on Friday, Sept. 7. Stay tuned, I might have a few more surprises to come with the Skeeters."
Clemens started for the independent league team on Aug. 26. He threw 3 1/3 scoreless innings in his first professional game in five years.
Clemens allowed one hit while throwing 37 pitches.
By having Clemens pitch for the Astros a few times this season, the team may be able to draw some bigger crowds. The Astros drew a crowd of 13,207 for Wednesday's home game against the Giants.