One week before Spring Training starts, and we already have a major news story. Unfortunately, it’s not a good one.
Curt Schilling’s shoulder is not in good shape. That is obvious when it is barking in the middle of the winter, and not amid the rigors of a long season.
Obviously there have been some disagreements between the Sox and Schilling’s doctor — Dr. Craig Morgan — on whether he should have surgery or not. Ultimately, a third party had to settle the disagreement and there won’t be surgery — at least not now.
Obviously, the Sox hope that Schilling can be a key contributor in the second half. He is a postseason legend and that is when he will be needed most.
It’s too bad for Schilling. If this is, in fact, his last Major League season, I’m sure he didn’t want to spend a large chunk of it undergoing tedious rehab.
As far as the Red Sox are concerned, they should be able to withstand this injury for the short term, assuming Beckett, Dice-K, Wakefield, Lester and Buchholz are healthy and effective.
Initially, I thought Coco Crisp might be dealt for a reliever. Now, you wonder if they might try to add to their starting depth.
Schilling blogged about his shoulder a little while ago. The Red Sox haven’t said much. You can bet this will be a major news story when Spring Training kicks off on Feb. 14.