Astros not ruling out Clemens for a Game Five
CHICAGO (AP) _ A day after Roger Clemens hobbled off the field with a strained hamstring, the Houston Astros say they are optimistic the 43-year-old Rocket be able to pitch again in the World Series.
Astros G-M Tim Purpura and pitching coach Jim Hickey both say they are "optimistic" that Clemens will be able to pitch a Game Five, if necessary.
Clemens was forced out of Game One after only two innings. He was walking gingerly because of a recurring strained left hamstring. The Astros lost the opener 5-to-3.
Officially, the Astros are listing the seven-time Cy Young award winner as day-to-day. If Clemens can't pitch Game Five, rookies Wandy Rodriguez and Ezequiel Astacio are the top options to take his place.