Schilling may not make start Thursday

Updated: September 10, 2003, 12:14 AM ET
Associated Press

PHOENIX -- Curt Schilling had his second MRI exam in 20 days Tuesday, casting doubt on his next scheduled start for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Manager Bob Brenly said the test was done to reassure Schilling. No results were available before Tuesday's game against Los Angeles.

The right-handed ace is scheduled to take the mound Thursday against the Dodgers, but Brenly was considering rookies John Patterson, Edgar Gonzalez or Chris Capuano as potential replacements.

"All three have been starters (in Triple-A) all year, and, depending on how they're used over the next couple of days, that will probably be the determining factor on Thursday if Schill can't go," Brenly said.

Schilling had an MRI Aug. 20 on his sore left knee, and the diagnosis was a bone bruise.

This time, he pulled his right groin Sept. 1 while backing up third base against San Francisco. Schilling (7-8) pitched against the Giants again Saturday, allowing four runs in six innings of a 5-4 loss in 11 innings.

But the effort left him stiff and so sore that he had to modify his bullpen session on Monday, throwing off flat ground instead of a mound.

"He says he'll be ready, but we'll see how it goes," Brenly said.

The 36-year-old Schilling has been on the disabled list twice this year -- once after an appendectomy and later with a broken hand.

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