BoSox pitcher will get MRI after start

Updated: June 15, 2004, 4:26 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

BOSTON -- In his last four starts, Curt Schilling has pitched through the discomfort of a bruise in his right ankle with the aid of an injection of the pain-killer Marcaine.

After his next start, Wednesday, the Red Sox' leading winner will undergo a third MRI on the ankle, according to the Boston Globe, and if the picture isn't good the right-hander could land on the disabled list.

The first two MRI's showed a worsening condition in the ankle joint. Whether the bruise was received when he was hit by a line drive April 28 or that incident against the Devil Rays exacerbated a previous condition is not known, according to manager Terry Francona.

Either way, surgery during the season is not an option, according to team medical director Bill Morgan. An arthroscopic procedure after the season could be done if rest doesn't do the job.

While Schilling has been able to pitch with Marcaine, which is stronger than Novocain, according to the Globe, the Red Sox, fearing the shot could be masking a deteriorating condition, feel one more time is enough.

If he does go to the DL, it would be for 2-4 weeks, according to Morgan. Schilling would take with him an 8-3 record, 3.03 ERA and perhaps his chances of being able to pitch in the All-Star game.