If Nolan Ryan’s name pops up on Roger Clemens’s caller I.D., it isn’t likely to be because he wants to offer him a job.
Ryan, president of the Texas Rangers, told the “Galloway and Company” show on ESPN Radio in Dallas that he isn’t looking for help from the 50-year-old who won his first minor-league outing with the Sugar Land Skeeters last weekend. The Rangers have a 5 1/2-game lead in the American League West Division.
“I think obviously things will be dictated by how he recovers and if he feels he can go out there and continue throwing and if he can build up some stamina,” Ryan said of Clemens’s outing and whether it might constitute a comeback. “I think we just have to stay tuned. I might call him, but I don’t think I’ll be calling him about a job.”
Clemens has tamped down talk of a comeback and hasn’t committed to his next start, although Deadspin quotes a source saying it will be Sept. 7. That would be 12 days after his Saturday start, in which he gave up one hit and had two strikeouts over 3 1/3 innings in an Atlantic League game.
The most likely major-league destination for Clemens, if he decides to go for it, remains the Houston Astros. His former team, in last place in the National League Central Division, could use the attendance boost.
H/T: Ultimate Astros