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MRI on Schilling's shoulder shows no damage

6/21/2007 - MLB Curt Schilling Boston Red Sox + more

ATLANTA -- Boston Red Sox starter Curt Schilling is headed
to the disabled list because of soreness in his right shoulder,
though an exam found no major damage.

Curt Schilling

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Schilling will be placed on the 15-day DL when the Red Sox get
to San Diego on Friday for the start of a weekend series. He had
returned to Boston for treatment after losing to the Braves 9-4,
his first start without a strikeout since 1993.

The good news for Schilling: An MRI exam found no major
problems. But the right-hander received a cortisone shot in his
ailing shoulder, which he attributed to tendinitis, and the team
knew he wouldn't be able to make his next scheduled start on
Sunday.

"Structurally, nothing's changed on his MRI, which is really
good," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said before Wednesday's game
against the Braves. "We're going to try to sit on him pretty good
because we want to get him back and give him a chance to be
Schilling and be consistent."

Schilling was to rejoin the Red Sox in San Diego after being
re-examined in Boston by team physician Dr. Thomas Gill on Friday. Ten-game
winner Josh Beckett will start in Schilling's place against the
Padres.

Schilling nearly pitched a no-hitter at Oakland on June 7,
giving up a two-out single to Shannon Stewart in the ninth inning.
But he allowed 11 earned runs and 19 hits in 9 1/3 innings in his
next two starts.

"What seems to be happening at times is following up one of his
good starts," Francona said. "The consistency is not quite
there."

It was especially telling when Schilling failed to record a
strikeout against the Braves. He ranks 14th on the career list with
3,086.

"I have not felt right this year," Schilling said in a weekly
radio interview. "Pain is a relative term. There's been a lot of
this year trying to discern what's because I'm 40 or what's because
I don't feel good."

Francona decided to hold off making a roster move, which will be
retroactive to Tuesday, until after the Red Sox completed their
three-game against the Braves. Boston is off Thursday.

"There's no reason to make a decision until we play the game
and see how everybody comes out of it," Francona said.

Schilling tore his labrum while playing for the Philadelphia
Phillies in 1995. He said when that happened, he went from throwing
95 mph in one inning to 80 mph in the next. He felt fine during
that game but woke up in pain.

He said the recent problems were "eerily similar" in that he
was throwing only 82 mph, but the difference this time was he did
not wake up hurting.

"We're going to tread lightly here," he said.