Roger Clemens #21 of the Sugar Land Skeeters walks onto the field in the first inning before pitching against the Camden Riversharks on August 25, 2012 at Constellation Field in Sugar Land, Texas. (Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)
Sugar Land, TX (written by Bernardo Fallas/Special for USA Today)
Roger Clemens is making his latest outing on the mound a family affair.
As for him making a return to the major leagues this season, fans probably can forget about it.
Less than two weeks removed from making an impressive start in his return to professional baseball at age 50, Clemens will make his second appearance for the Sugar Land Skeeters on Friday night with oldest son Koby catching him.
"I'm glad the kid's here," Clemens said Thursday before the two tossed the ball around at Constellation Field. "He's a pro at what he does and we're going to have some fun with it."
Clemens - a veteran of 24 major league seasons with the Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays, New York Yankees and Houston Astros-has all but ruled out a return to the majors this season.
"My mind says yes; my body says no," Clemens said.
He seemed more entertained by the prospect of having to shake his son off a time or two.
"That could cause a little problem at the house later," Clemens said. "We'll talk about signs."
Koby Clemens, 25, is joining the Skeeters after spending the 2012 season in the Blue Jays organization, with whom he hit .246 (47-for-191) over 64 minor league games.
The younger Clemens got an early release from the Blue Jays so he could join his father on the field.
"It's a special moment for me," Koby Clemens said. "It's going to be pretty much like a major league kind of deal for me. I'm really excited about it."
The start will mark the second time father and son play on the same team in a professional setting. They played together in 2006 with Class A Lexington (Ky.) as part of Clemens' mid-season comeback with the Astros. Koby Clemens played third base.
Clemens did not anticipate his son playing for the Skeeters beyond Friday.
As for him, Clemens, one of the most dominating pitchers of all time, remained non-committal.
"That will probably be it for me," Clemens said. "We've had a great time doing it. I do want to get through tomorrow, and then I'll see where I am at."
Clemens made headlines last month when he came out of a nearly five-year hiatus from baseball to pitch for the Skeeters, who play in the independent Atlantic League.
A solid start later - he allowed one run through 31/3 innings in a 1-0 win Aug. 25 against the Bridgeport (Conn.) Bluefish - his return to the mound fueled speculation of a possible return to the majors.
Clemens all but dismissed talk of a possible return to the majors this season, even with scouts from the Astros expected to be in attendance and his former team expressing interest in having him pitch.
"I don't think I'm close to doing that," Clemen said. "If my body felt better and my shoulder felt better, and I rebounded quicker, it would be something I would think about doing, even go to spring training and do it for fun.
"I don't think I can make an impact. I think it would be fun for a lot of people, but it would take a lot of work to do and to perform the way I would want to perform."