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Roger Clemens return, but don’t call it a comeback. Yet.

Roger Clemens is expected to start Saturday for the Sugar Land Skeeters. (David J. Phillip / AP)

The seven-time Cy Young Award winner plans to pitch in one game for the Sugar Land Skeeters of the independent Atlantic League and then reassess the situation.

Clemens, introduced as the newest Skeeter on Tuesday, said he’s “just going to have fun with it. ... If I get through Saturday, we’ll see where we go from there.”

That’s probably a good idea. Clemens, 50, was acquitted in June of charges that he lied to Congress when he denied using performance-enhancing drugs and isn’t exactly Major League Baseball’s darling. He hasn’t pitched since 2007, when he was with the New York Yankees.

Someone added a “K” to the Skeeters’ logo. We get it. (RICHARD CARSON / Reuters)

Clemens, who won 354 games over a 24-year career, will be eligible for Hall of Fame voting later this year — unless he appears in another major-league game. That would reset the five-year clock to zero. The majors, though, are a distant possibility at the moment.

“I wouldn’t consider myself anywhere close to major-league ready,” Clemens said (via “I’m nowhere near where I was five years ago or [have put] the amount of work I want into it.”

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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