Yahoo! Sports wrote: Clemens leaves game with strained hamstring
March 18, 2005
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) -- Roger Clemens strained his right hamstring Friday night and left Houston's game against the Detroit Tigers after just 1 1-3 innings.
The seven-time Cy Young Award winner is day to day. He said his hamstring felt tight the past two days.
``Other than that, I feel pretty good,'' Clemens said. ``I hoped that it would have gone away. You need to know the difference between being hurt and something just hurting, so we'll treat it and it will get better.
``I don't believe it is hurt. If it continues to be problem, I'm sure we'll continue to evaluate it,'' he said.
It was Clemens' first start since March 4 against Cleveland. He threw 60 pitches in a simulated game on March 9.
Clemens was hit hard by the Tigers, allowing seven hits and seven earned runs, including two homers. He said he felt a twinge while backing up home plate after an RBI single by Carlos Guillen, and Astros manager Phil Garner took him out.
``Once I backed up home, it really grabbed me,'' Clemens said. ``Phil said there was no way I should chance it out there. I'd be crazy to sit out there and force it right now.''
Clemens said he'll miss his next start if the hamstring isn't any better by that time.
``I'm really not too concerned about it right now,'' he said. ``But I can't sit out there and push. The fastballs I did throw were nice and firm. Most of the balls that were hit were changeups, and we're working really hard on that. If I have to miss a start, I'll miss one and we'll go from there.''
Astros left-hander Andy Pettitte, who made just 15 starts last season due to a torn flexor tendon in his left elbow, made his first start of the spring in a `B' game Friday against Cleveland, allowing four hits in two scoreless innings.