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
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.