|Clemens scratched from Monday's start|
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|Saturday, 02 June 2007 15:40|
Clemens first experienced the pain during his last minor league outing, for Triple-A Scranton on Monday. Rather than risk additional injury, he decided to be cautious, the Yankees confirmed during Saturday's game against the Boston Red Sox.
``Well, we're going to need a starter for Monday,'' manager Joe Torre said. ``We didn't know until today that he wasn't going to make the start.''
It is not clear when Clemens will pitch, but he will miss the four-game series at Chicago. Kei Igawa is likely to start against the White Sox on Monday.
``He's definitely a possibility,'' Torre said during the television broadcast of Saturday's 11-6 loss to the Boston Red Sox. ``He may be not quite where we want him to be yet, but in search of a starter as opposed to bringing somebody back on short rest is probably the way we'd like to go.''
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman spoke to Clemens, who threw off a mound on Saturday.
``He called it a fatigued groin, not a strained groin,'' Cashman said. ``I think he's optimistic it's a short issue.... I don't think this is that big of a deal.''
The 44-year-old, seven-time Cy Young winner came out of retirement to take a prorated share of a $28 million salary to help New York overcome a double-digit deficit in the AL East. The Yankees considered having Clemens pitch this weekend when they played the AL East-leading Red Sox, but decided to ease him in without the hubbub surrounding their biggest rivalry.
With Saturday's loss, New York trails Boston by 13 1/2 games. Clemens will lose $153,006 for each day he's not added to the major league roster.
``We can't worry about Roger,'' shortstop Derek Jeter said. ``He's not here. He's not going to pitch this game. We're not going to worry about that.''
After one start at Class-A Tampa and one at Double-A Trenton, Clemens made his final minor league start Monday for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He allowed two hits and struck out six over six scoreless innings.
``You have arguably the best pitcher of our generation coming in, a guy that won championships and a guy won all kinds of awards,'' center fielder Johnny Damon said before Saturday's game. ``He knows what it takes to win championships and be at that next level and be a better player. His personality will be very instrumental to us.''
AP Baseball Writer Ronald Blum in New York contributed to this report.