Millwood goes back on DL
Marlins plan to start Kim
A's Street goes on DL
Braves activate Wickman
Clemens could pitch for Yankees by end of May
â€¢ TAMPA, Fla. - Roger Clemens could pitch for the New York Yankees as early as May 28 in Toronto.
"I think anything is possible," said Clemens, who's expected to make the first of two minor league starts Friday. "If I come out of the first two decent, they'll pull me aside, and we'll all visit about that for sure. I don't think it's out of the question."
Just two starts in the minors would pit the 44-year-old against the Blue Jays on May 28 or 29. The next time through the rotation would have Clemens pitching at AL East-leading Boston on June 2 or 3.
On Tuesday, Clemens threw 71 pitches during his first bullpen session at the Yankees' minor league complex. He'll likely throw 45-to-60 pitches Friday during his first minor league start for Class-A Tampa. He also will work in the bullpen afterward to get his pitch count up to around 90. "I think I'm right where I need to be to get this under way on Friday," Clemens said. "Endurance and conditioning, I think I'm very close. I've got to get in a game as quick as possible, and I'll have a good telltale sign of what happens on Saturday morning." When he rejoined the Astros last year, Clemens agreed to a contract on May 31, made three minor league starts and returned to the majors on June 22.The seven-time Cy Young Award winner agreed to a $28,000,022, one-year contract on May 6.
â€¢ KISSIMMEE, Fla. - The Texas Rangers placed pitcher Kevin Millwood on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, a day after returning to the team and aggravating a hamstring injury that had kept him out for two weeks.
Reliever Ron Mahay also was put on the disabled list with a strained muscle in his ribcage.
Millwood, the team's opening- day starter, was returning from a stint on the DL because of a strained left hamstring. In his first outing since April 28, he allowed four runs and three hits with three walks before departing in the second inning against the Los Angeles Angels.
The team recalled pitchers Scott Feldman and A.J. Murray from Triple-A Oklahoma.
The right-handed Millwood is 2-4 with a 6.62 ERA in seven starts for Texas.
â€¢ PITTSBURGH - Right-hander Byung-Hyun Kim, demoted to the minors by Colorado earlier this season, will move into Florida's rotation and is expected to start Friday at Tampa Bay.
Kim, who has pitched for Triple-A Colorado Springs most of the last month, will replace Wes Obermueller in the Marlins' rotation - at least for now. Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez made up his mind to start Kim even before the right-hander joined his new club Tuesday.
"I think he'd be OK with that," Gonzalez said.
The Rockies and Marlins swapped ineffective pitchers on Sunday, with former Florida closer Jorge Julio going to Colorado for Kim, the one-time Arizona Diamondbacks closer known for his submarine delivery.
â€¢ OAKLAND, Calif. - The Oakland Athletics placed closer Huston Street on the disabled list Tuesday with nerve irritation in his right elbow.
The move is retroactive to May 13.
Justin Duchscherer will assume the primary closer job, but several others also could be used in ninth-inning situations.
â€¢ WASHINGTON - The Atlanta Braves activated closer Bob Wickman from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday and optioned reliever Kevin Barry to Triple-A Richmond.
Wickman blew back-to-back save opportunities before being placed on the DL on April 30 with tendinitis in his upper back.