MRI shows no damage to Schilling's ankle

Updated: June 18, 2004, 8:43 PM ET
Associated Press

BOSTON -- An MRI on Curt Schilling's sore right ankle showed no damage that would require him to miss his next start for the Boston Red Sox.

Schilling is expected to start Tuesday night against the Minnesota Twins as scheduled.

Curt Schilling
Starting Pitcher
Boston Red Sox
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"The condition of his ankle appears stable. We are making no changes in his treatment,'' Red Sox doctor Bill Morgan said Friday. "We will continue to observe his symptoms and act on any changes.''

Schilling has had injections of an anesthetic in his ankle before each of his last few starts.

Manager Terry Francona said he expected Schilling to throw on the side at Triple-A Pawtucket on Saturday.

"The MRI came out not worse than we thought, but better,'' Francona said in San Francisco before the Red Sox opened a weekend series against the Giants. "It is good -- great news. He's turned a corner for the better.''

Schilling was acquired from the Arizona Diamondbacks last offseason and signed to a $37.5 million, three-year contract. He is 8-4 with a 3.31 ERA this season, with 88 strikeouts and 19 walks in 98 innings.

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