TAMPA -- Roger Clemens could pitch for the New York Yankees as early as May 28 in Toronto.
"I think anything is possible," said Clemens, who's expected to make the first of two minor league starts Friday. "If I come out of the first two decent, they'll pull me aside, and we'll all visit about that for sure. I don't think it's out of the question."
Two starts in the minors would pit the 44-year-old against the Blue Jays May 28 or 29. The next time through the rotation would have Clemens pitching at Fenway Park against the American League East-leading Red Sox June 2 or 3.
Yesterday, Clemens threw 71 pitches during his first bullpen session at the Yankees' minor league complex.
He'll likely throw 45-60 pitches Friday during his first minor league start for Single A Tampa. He also will work in the bullpen afterward to get his pitch count up to around 90.
"I think I'm right where I need to be to get this under way on Friday," Clemens said at a Legends Field news conference. "Endurance and conditioning, I think I'm very close. I've got to get in a game as quick as possible, and I'll have a good telltale sign of what happens on Saturday morning."
"I'm getting closer," he said. "I want to be able to perform like I'm supposed to. Hold up my end of the deal. That's the pressure that comes along with it."
Clemens said he has no idea if this will be his final season.
"How can I answer that?" Clemens said with a smile. "I'm doing so great at retirement. I've been telling you for what, how many years now? I wish I knew that."