When Paul Clemens' phone rings, his heart seemingly skips a beat. The uneasiness is partially due to participating in his first spring training camp, but is compounded by the anticipation of a becoming a father.
Clemens and his wife, Marlee, are expecting their first child sometime during spring training with the true status closer to "day-to-day." With his wife in Dalton, Ga., Clemens is prepared to return home at a moment's notice while also attempting to maintain his focus on the field.
"I want to be a good father and husband, but I am locked in," said Clemens, who wed during the offseason. "She knows I can flip a switch and understands my passion for the game."
He apprised the Astros of the situation prior to spring training and they are supportive. As for his future with the club, manager Brad Mills said the right-hander has the talent to compete for a spot in the starting rotation, but is reserving judgment if Clemens is ready to pitch i...