Injury could potentially keep Schilling out into All-Star break

6/25/2007 - MLB Curt Schilling Boston Red Sox + more

SEATTLE -- The Boston Red Sox medical staff is evaluating
Curt Schilling's sore shoulder, and the frustrated veteran isn't
enjoying the wait.

Curt Schilling


Starting Pitcher
Boston Red Sox


The team expects the ace right-hander will likely remain out
past the first week of July and perhaps through the All-Star break.
Schilling said Monday he doesn't even know when he will begin
throwing again.

When asked if he would be back in Boston's rotation before the
break begins July 9, Schilling said, "You know what? I would like
to be back by tomorrow. But they have protocol."

General manager Theo Esptein told reporters Friday that a
midseason rest should lead to a stronger late-season Schilling.

The 40-year-old Opening Day starter doesn't buy that reasoning.

"It's easy to analyze that when you are not in uniform and
never been in one," Schilling said from the Boston clubhouse as he
teammates left for batting practice. "That's a good way to analyze
it, I guess. It's different, being in here."

Schilling said he expects to hear Tuesday or Wednesday how the
Red Sox medical staff wants his rehabilitation to proceed.

"There's some things they want to do in testing. They want to
kind of set milestones in the next couple days to hit before we go
to the next phase," he said.

Boston manager Terry Francona said Schilling's throwing program
"has been written up. Everyone is on the same page. Just got to go
out and do it now."

Schilling went on the 15-day disabled list Friday retroactive to
June 19 after two straight poor starts. He rejoined the Red Sox
last weekend in San Diego after an MRI exam and cortisone shot in

"I felt immediate improvement right after I got the shot. But
after the shot wears off, you got to start at zero and work from
there," he said.

He is doing daily conditioning and arm exercises and "a lot of
sitting" until the Red Sox medical staff tells him when he can
throw again. Boston will call up Kason Gabbard to start Tuesday for
him against Seattle. Gabbard is 7-2 with a 3.24 ERA in 14 starts
with Triple-A Pawtucket and beat Atlanta in a spot start May 20.

Francona said Gabbard will get at least one more start and that
all starters will stay on schedule and get an extra day of rest
because of an off day Thursday.

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 hasn't looked the same since. He has allowed 11 earned runs
and 19 hits in 9 1/3 innings.

Schilling, 14th on the career strikeout list with 3,086, failed
to strikeout anyone June 18 in Atlanta -- the first time that's
happened in one of his starts since 1993.

He sounded frustrated with his current idling while his team
soars. Boston entered Monday 22 games over .500, at 48-26. That's
the best record in the major leagues.

"I mean, they pay me to pitch and win games. And when I am not
doing that, it's not fun," he said.

If the Red Sox allow him to resume throwing soon, Schilling
thinks he should be able to go directly to pitching in the bullpen
instead of a longer process of throwing off flat ground, then
resting, then working up to sessions on the mound.

"It hasn't been that long. So I'd imagine if we begin throwing
in the next couple days, there won't be a whole lot to get it back
up and cranking," he said. "But what we don't want to happen is
to get back up and cranking real quickly and be right back where we
were two weeks ago."