Clemens right on course for MLB return

Clemens wasn't overpowering on Friday, but he still has a great feel for pitching. Troy Taormina/US Presswire

Roger Clemens made his second outing for the Sugar Land Skeeters of the independent Atlantic League on Friday night, and he shut out the Long Island Ducks for 4 2/3 innings. In the process, he showed me enough to think he could successfully pitch a few innings for the Houston Astros -- who have expressed some interest in signing him -- later this month.

His fastball tonight was mostly 86-88 mph with command on both sides of the plate. He was able to get good downward plane and was able to elevate his fastball, throw it at the knees and hit his spots on the black and up and down. He didn’t throw his fastball in as much as he used to, but with the drop in velocity that should have been expected.