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Schilling passes rehab test, tosses 31 pitches in simulated game

7/16/2007 - MLB Curt Schilling Boston Red Sox + more
Curt Schilling

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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."