Schilling begins shoulder rehab, uncertain on return

Updated: July 7, 2008, 2:55 PM ET
Associated Press

RANDOLPH, Mass. -- Two weeks after season-ending surgery on his right shoulder, Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling said Monday he hasn't decided whether he will try to play in 2009.

Curt Schilling

Schilling

"We're in the initial phase of my rehab," he said. "Whether I was a plumber or a pitcher, I'd have to do it just to have use of my shoulder and arm. There's no real critical decision-making point for a good five, seven or eight weeks from now, until I need to decide whether I want to progress past the normal surgery rehab into very specific job rehab and we'll figure that out then."

Wearing a green Donovan McNabb Philadelphia Eagles jersey and a sling on his right arm, Schilling attended a movie screening and fundraiser for skin cancer awareness with two of his three sons. His wife, Shonda, said he was in more pain than after previous surgeries.

"I know my kids really aren't ready for him to retire," she said. "They really are enjoying him at home, but my youngest is 6 and he's just at an age where he can understand it."

Schilling said he realized he had to get back to work if he's going to return next season.

"Last week, I did sit at home but there's a lot to do," he said." It's a little bit sorer than I expected it to be, but we did a lot more than I think we expected initially."

A six-time All-Star, Schilling said he was happy for the seven Red Sox teammates chosen for this year's game, but hoped there would be more.

"I was hoping Jon Lester would make it. I thought he earned a spot," Schilling said of the left-hander who pitched a no-hitter in April. "I'm glad to see Jason [Varitek] gets the recognition from the players that I think he so rightly deserves. I know he's a little embarrassed about it because he's not hitting so well right now."

Schilling also said he had hoped third baseman Mike Lowell would make it.

"Not being on the All-Star team doesn't make you any less of an All-Star to us," Schilling said. "He's an incredibly important piece of the puzzle, obviously on the field but off the field as well. You always like to see guys that deserve to get it, get it. Until they make the roster bigger, which is what I think they should do, guys are going to get left off every year."


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