SUGAR LAND, Texas (AP) -- Roger Clemens says he's not ready to return to the major leagues.
The 50-year-old Clemens is scheduled to start on Saturday for the Sugar Land Skeeters of the independent Atlantic League. He dismissed the idea that this is a first step toward an eventual big league return.
Clemens says, "I'm nowhere near major league ready, nor have I been training or pitching in that type of mode."
Houston Astros owner Jim Crane told KRIV-TV the team is open to the idea of adding Clemens and they are sending a scout to the game.
Clemens says he is looking no further than Saturday and will decide later how much -- or if -- he pitches again.