August 10th, 2007

Clemens drops appeal

The Rocket began serving his suspension Friday. So how does this affect the Tigers? Well, the expectation was for him to serve his suspension after his next scheduled start this coming Monday, which would’ve put him on track to return from his suspension next Sunday, which is the finale of the Tigers’ four-game series in the Bronx. Instead, by starting his suspension Friday, he’s eligible to return Wednesday, the day before the Tigers-Yankees series begins. If Clemens pitches Wednesday, he would miss the Tigers next week. However, manager Joe Torre didn’t say when Clemens would re-enter the rotation.

Update from Sunday: The Yankees now say that Clemens will be skipped this turn through the rotation. He’ll face the Tigers on Saturday at Yankee Stadium.