DETROIT — Kody ClemensThe 26-year-old son of seven-time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens made his major league debut Tuesday with the Detroit Tigers, a day after being called up from the minor leagues.
Detroit recalled the infielder and outfielder from Toledo’s Triple-A International League team and placed the outfielder Robert Grossman on the 10-day disabled list with a strained neck.
Kody started Tuesday night in Game 2 of the doubleheader against the Minnesota Twins. He played second base and was sixth in the batting order. He went 0-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts and walked one.
Clemens was selected in the third round of the 2018 amateur draft and with Toledo he had a .283 batting percentage with eight home runs and 31 RBI in 45 games.
He was selected as a second baseman, but this season in Triple A he has played first, middle and third, as well as left field.
Detroit needed depth after Grossman’s injury and the Venezuelan’s back problems Miguel Cabrera.
Roger Clemens was an 11-time All-Star, won 354 games in his major league career from 1984 to 2007, and struck out 4,672, ranking third all-time behind Nolan Ryan and Randy Johnson.
Among the players implicated in the 2007 Mitchell Report, Roger Clemens denied using performance-enhancing drugs. In 2012, he was acquitted on charges that he lied to Congress when he denied using the substances.
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Tigers debut Kody Clemens, son of Roger Clemens