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MRI shows no damage to Schilling's ankle

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.

"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.