Schilling expected to keep pitching

Updated: October 10, 2004, 5:06 PM ET
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BOSTON -- Curt Schilling's ankle shouldn't be a problem when the AL championship series between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees starts Tuesday.

Red Sox manager Terry Francona said Saturday that Schilling has tendinitis high in his right ankle, unrelated to the soreness he felt earlier this season when he was treated with injections of marcaine, a painkiller.

"We've got some concerns about his ankle," team medical director Bill Morgan told the Boston Globe. "The guy is such a workhorse, he's had a fair amount of discomfort. We're just going to try to find ways to get him through the next three weeks."

Schilling didn't use the painkiller in the division series opener when he went 6 2/3 innings in a 9-3 win. But Francona doesn't see a downside to the injection and thinks Schilling will get one before his next start.

"The thing that we don't want to have happen is, when he's out there pitching, have him feel it. I think that really bothers him mentally more than anything," Francona said. "If he goes back to the shots, which I think he's going to, he doesn't feel it."

The team's training staff is working on different kinds of taping on the ankle. Schilling also had X-rays just to make sure there was no stress fracture.

"I talked with him the other day and he's not concerned," Red Sox owner John Henry told reporters, "but he's such a warrior that you can't know."

Francona doesn't have to announce his roster for the next series until Tuesday, but he did say he probably wouldn't start Schilling on three days rest.

"If I thought it was an advantage, I think we would definitely look into it," Francona said.

Schilling, whose 21 wins led the majors, got his throws in before Friday's game.

"He threw 52 pitches," Francona said. "That's a pretty good session."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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