Schilling passes rehab test, tosses 31 pitches in simulated game

Updated: July 16, 2007, 5:26 PM ET
Associated Press

Curt Schilling


BOSTON -- Red Sox righty Curt Schilling threw 31 pitches in a two-inning simulated game Monday and pronounced himself ready to take the next step in his rehabilitation from shoulder tendinitis.

The 40-year-old Schilling will throw about 45 pitches in a rehab start for Triple-A Pawtucket on Saturday. He is then scheduled to travel with the PawSox to Toledo for his next outing five days later.

"I'm trying to get them to let me pitch as soon as possible," he said, half-joking, in the Boston clubhouse before Monday night's game against the Kansas City Royals. "This is the part where we're going to start butting heads."

Schilling was one out away from a no-hitter against Oakland on June 7, but he allowed 11 earned runs over 9 1/3 innings in his next two starts. He is 6-4 with a 4.20 ERA overall this season.

"He pitched some pretty good games this year," manager Terry Francona said. "He just wasn't bouncing back the way we needed him to."

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