Rocket says he's not 'major league ready'

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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.