Clemens still undecided on '06 plans

Clemens still undecided on '06 plans

HOUSTON -- Roger Clemens was on the golf course Wednesday, but the seven-time Cy Young Award winner is still undecided on whether he will be back on a baseball field this season.

Clemens, who participated in the pro-am portion of the Shell Houston Open, was asked if he has closed the door on his baseball career.

"At this point, let's just say I haven't opened it," Clemens said. "I tried to shut the door a few times the last couple of years, but it just didn't work out."

Clemens, who led the Major Leagues with a 1.87 ERA last season, said previously that if he were to pitch in 2006, he would consider four teams: the Boston Red Sox, the Houston Astros, the New York Yankees and the Texas Rangers.

The Yankees, Red Sox and Rangers have made it clear they would like to make a pitch to land the future Hall of Famer. The Astros would love to have Clemens back for a third season, but cannot negotiate with the free agent until May 1.

Clemens, however, said he is enjoying retirement and isn't ready to think about pitching again at this point.

"I understand the Red Sox side of it, the history with New York and I understand what's happened here [in Houston] the last few years," Clemens said. "Again, that's just not something I'm thinking about just yet. I'm going to pass on those questions right at this point. I've not decided to go there there just yet. I'm getting updates and calls from the other three teams. They're very flattering. If I decide to go in that direction, I'll get myself mentally prepared for that."

Clemens said that physically, his body feels pretty good, and that his arm is "not too far away" after working out with son Koby, an Astros prospect playing at Class A Lexington, for five days recently.

Clemens has been keeping tabs on the Astros through some of his friends on the team.

"I stay in contact with Andy [Pettitte], [and] Brad [Ausmus] and I have talked or e-mailed," Clemens said.

Clemens, 43, is an 11-time All-Star with 341 career victories. He needs one win to tie Tim Keefe for eighth place on the all-time list.

Jim Molony is a writer for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.