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Monday, June 4, 2007
Cashman tells newspaper Yanks not considering exiting Clemens deal

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If the Yankees wanted to walk away from their deal with Roger Clemens, they could do so with no more money exchanging hands, the New York Post reported Monday.

However, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told the Post: "It's not something I'm thinking about right now."

Clemens has a minor-league contract, so Cashman told the Post that either the Yankees or the Rocket could exit the deal at any time with no financial penalty.

Making his latest comeback, the 44-year-old Clemens took a prorated share of a $28 million salary hoping to help New York overcome a double-digit deficit in the AL East.

After one start at Class-A Tampa and one at Double-A Trenton, Clemens made what was expected to be his final minor league start Monday for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He allowed two hits and struck out six over six scoreless innings.

However, Clemens was scratched from Monday's start against the Chicago White Sox because of a fatigued right groin.

Clemens' agent, Randy Hendricks, told 1050 ESPN Radio's Andrew Marchand that the future Hall of Fame right-hander aims to pitch Saturday against the Pirates at Yankee Stadium.

"Roger's optimistic," Cashman said on Sunday night, but he wouldn't set a timetable for Clemens' return until after the Rocket has an MRI on Monday. Cashman added that it was possible Clemens' next appearance would be in the minors.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.