Schilling will attend game, but won't pitch

Updated: July 10, 2004, 12:11 AM ET
Associated Press

BOSTON -- Curt Schilling will not pitch in next week's All-Star game because of pain in his ankle.

"My priority is always the organization," Schilling said Friday after manager Terry Francona announced the decision. "There's always an outside chance something could happen if I pitch that would impact my second half and I'm not willing to take that chance."

Francona said Schilling (11-4) reached the decision after consulting with the team's medical staff.

"It's probably not what the fans want to hear but it's the right thing to do," Francona said before Boston's game against Texas. "I left it completely up to him. I wanted him to make the right choice on his own after speaking with the medical people."

Schilling's ankle was injured early in the season after he was hit by a line drive. He has been getting shots to relieve pain every time he pitches.

For starting the All-Star game, Schilling would receive a $50,000 bonus.

Schilling pitched 5 1/3 innings and gave up three earned runs on 11 hits in a no-decision against Oakland Thursday. He didn't allow a walk. It was the 16th time in 18 starts he threw more than 100 pitches. But it was only the second time this season he had given up 10 or more hits in a game.

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