MLB notes: Clemens not eyeing majors

Roger Clemens on the mound for the Sugar Land Skeeters against the Bridgeport Bluefish in Sugar...

Roger Clemens on the mound for the Sugar Land Skeeters against the Bridgeport Bluefish in Sugar Land, Tex., Aug. 25, 2012. (RICHARD CARSON/Reuters)

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Roger Clemens, who is aiming to start again Friday for the independent Sugar Land Skeeters of the Atlantic League, said Tuesday he doesn't anticipate pitching in the majors this season.

"I don't see it happening," the 50-year-old right-hander said, adding that he is "just having fun."

Clemens hasn't pitched in the majors since 2007, with the New York Yankees. Last month, though, he started for the Skeeters and pitched 3 1/3 scoreless innings against the Bridgeport Bluefish.

REDS ACTIVATE VOTTO

Joey Votto, out since July 15 because of an injured left knee, has been activated by the Cincinnati Reds but wasn't in the starting lineup Tuesday night.

"I'll pinch-hit him in an emergency," Reds manager Dusty Baker told the Cincinnati Enquirer. "He's not 100% sharp yet. But he's still Joey Votto."

Baker said the Canadian slugger probably would start at first base Wednesday.

"Then we've got to watch him if there's a long inning or whatever, if he gets sore or makes a wrong move."

Votto said the knee isn't completely healthy yet.

"I think working me in slowly is the wise move," said Votto, who was hitting .342 with 14 homers and 49 RBI before getting hurt.

CARPENTER ON ROAD BACK

Chris Carpenter, who hasn't played all season because of a nerve problem in his right shoulder, threw 51 pitches Tuesday to St. Louis Cardinals teammates in a pre-game session, raising the possibility of a return to the roster this month.

"I knew coming out of (shoulder surgery) that I had a shot as long as I could get myself back in shape and ready to go and prove to everybody that I was strong enough to do it," Carpenter told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Carpenter is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Friday and throw to hitters next week in San Diego.

WRIGHT TIME?

New York Mets third baseman David Wright doesn't expect to test the free-agent waters after next season.

Even though he's refused to negotiate a long-term deal during this season (and next), he believes something will get done over the winter.

"I'm extremely optimistic," Wright told CBSSports.com. "I've really enjoyed it here. There's not a single complaint that I have. (The Mets) drafted me as a kid. They developed me. They've given me an opportunity to make a living playing a game. There's a tremendous amount of mutual respect. They've gone above and beyond."

Wright is having a solid season, with 17 homers, 78 RBIs and a .317 batting average, but he's struggled since the all-star break.

BRIEFLY

Jason Hammel is expected to be activated in time to pitch Thursday for the Baltimore Orioles. The right-hander has recovered from surgery six weeks ago on his right knee ... Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers in the AL player of the month for August. Cabrera hit .357 with eight homers and 24 RBIs in the month to win the award for the second time this season ... Atlanta Braves right-hander Kris Medlen was named the NL pitcher of the month. Medlen, who was moved from the bullpen to the rotation, went 4-0 with a 0.50 earned-run average and 35 strikeouts ... Miami Marlins outfielder/second baseman Emilio Bonifacio, who has been out since mid-August with a knee injury, told reporters Tuesday that he's done for the season. Bonifacio stole 30 bases this season despite being limited to just 64 games due to injuries..


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