DETROIT — Kody Clemens, the 26-year-old son of seven-time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens, was brought up by the Detroit Tigers on Monday for a possible major league debut.
Roger Clemens was planning to be at Comerica Park on Tuesday when his son could make his debut.
“He’s scrambling and trying to figure out when he’s going to fly here,” Kody Clemens said after Detroit’s 7-5 win Monday. “He loved him. He was like, ‘You’re a big leaguer, kid.’
Clemens was assigned number 21, which his father wore with Boston from 1984 to 1996 and with Toronto for the next two seasons before moving to number 22 with the New York Yankees and Houston.
“Obviously I’m trying to create my own career path here, but wearing his number is awesome,” Kody Clemens said. “Fortunately, we always say I’m happy to be a hitter, not a pitcher, so I don’t have to live up to what he’s done. A half-career like his is incredible.
Detroit recalled infielder/outfielder from Triple-A Toledo of the International League and placed outfielder Robbie Grossman on the 10-day injured list with a sprained neck.
Clemens is expected to start Game 2 of Tuesday’s doubleheader against Minnesota, when right-hander Cole Sands is expected to be on the mound for the Twins.
A third-round pick in the 2018 entry draft, Clemens was hitting .283 at Toledo with eight home runs and 31 RBIs in 45 games. Drafted as a second baseman, he played first, second, third and left this season.
“As soon as we had AJ (Hinch) a few years ago, he took me into his office and was just like, ‘Hey, are you playing somewhere else?'” Clemens said. “I was like, I really played a lot of third in college. I’ll play third base, outfield, wherever you want.
Detroit needed depth because of Grossman’s injury and Miguel Cabrera’s bad back.
Roger Clemens was an 11-time All-Star who won 354 games in a major league career from 1984 to 2007 and struck out 4,672, third behind Nolan Ryan and Randy Johnson.
Of the players implicated in the 2007 Mitchell report, Roger Clemens denied using performance-enhancing substances. In 2012, he was acquitted on charges of lying to Congress when he denied allegations of using PED.