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No decision yet on Clemens' next start

Rocket plans 'aggressive' bullpen session on Friday
05/24/2007 9:00 PM ET
By Bryan Hoch / MLB.com
NEW YORK — A day after Roger Clemens' second Minor League start, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Thursday the club has not yet decided if the Rocket will make his next start in the big leagues or Triple-A.

Cashman said he expects to speak to Clemens at some point Thursday evening. The club wanted to wait a full day after the start to see how Clemens' body responded.

"I talked to Roger after the game," Cashman said. "Our people all feel that he's going in the right direction. But beyond that, I wouldn't comment."

Clemens said he was going to throw an "aggressive" bullpen session on Friday to prepare for his next start, whether it's Toronto on Tuesday for the Yankees or Monday at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre against Toledo.

Friday's session can't be held at Yankee Stadium, because Clemens isn't on the Yankees' 40-man roster. Cashman wouldn't say if the session would be at a Yankees facility or not, but if so, it could be at Trenton or Staten Island.

While there has been speculation that Clemens will rejoin the rotation once he deems himself ready, Cashman made clear who will set the timetable.

"It's our call," Cashman said. "We'll take Roger when he's ready. But obviously that decision will take place after we have a chance to talk to him."

Andy Pettitte will start Monday in Toronto, keeping the southpaw on his regular rotation.

Clemens threw 102 pitches — 64 for strikes — over 5 1/3 innings for Double-A Trenton on Wednesday. He allowed three runs and six hits over 5 1/3 innings, walking four and fanning five.

In his first start, he gave one run on one hit over four innings for the Class A Tampa Yankees.

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
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