CHICAGO -- Roger Clemens' last appearance on a big league mound came in Yankees pinstripes, and one of his former catchers isn't surprised that the Rocket is attempting to lift off once more.
Clemens, 50, has signed with the Sugar Land (Texas) Skeeters of the independent Atlantic League and is slated to start on Saturday against the Bridgeport Bluefish.
"Guys love to play; it's in our blood," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "If he still feels he can play and pitch and enjoys it -- I know it's not at the big league level, but God bless him."
Girardi and Clemens were teammates on the World Series-winning 1999 Yankees. Clemens finished his big league career with the 2007 Bombers and was acquitted in June of charges that he lied to Congress when he denied using performance-enhancing drugs.