A source out of Houston close to former Astros GM Gerry Hunsicker tells me that Roger Clemens will return to pitch for the Astros after May 1st. The word is that Clemens has a handshake deal with Astros owner Drayton McLane to either return to the Astros or retire. My source says that Clemens will not choose retirement.
This report gels with an independent source who informed me in December that Clemens was choosing between Houston and retirement. Of course, Clemens was noncommital in yesterday’s conference call, mentioning that his mother had urged him to retire before she passed away.