Boston Red Sox RHP Curt Schilling will not be making the trip next week to Fort Meyers, FL when pitchers and catchers report to spring training. The former World Series MVP has suffered an undisclosed injury to his throwing shoulder and will miss a good portion, if not all of the 2008 MLB season. Currently, Schilling and the Red Sox are deciding on what action to take with the injury that will be in the best interest for both parties.
Earlier this week on his online blog, 38pitches.com, Schilling expressed some of his feelings towards the injury and the Red Sox choices on how to handle it.
“There have been disagreements these past few weeks in an effort to provide me with a solution that would allow me to pitch as much as possible during the 2008 season,” he wrote. “At no time did I ever consider taking a course of action against the club’s wishes. In the end, regardless of who agreed with whom, I have chosen the club’s course of action and will vigorously pursue any and every option I can to be able to help this team to another World Series title in 2008.”
Red Sox executives have no comment at this point on the situation but did release a two sentence statement that acknowledges the injury.
“Curt Schilling was examined by Red Sox doctors in January after he reported feeling right shoulder discomfort,” the team said. “Curt has started a program of rest, rehabilitation and shoulder strengthening in an attempt to return to pitching.”
Since joining the Sox in 2004, Schilling has started 98 games compiling a record of 53-29. In the two years that he was completely healthy and did not spend any time on the DL (04’, 06) he boasted impressive numbers winning 36 games compared to only 13 losses. In 05’ and 07’, Schilling spent multiple months on the DL and his stats backed up that fact that he was not healthy. The ace pitcher put up mediocre numbers at best going a combined 17-16 in those two seasons. If Schilling plans to pitch in 2008, these numbers do not bode well in his favor for success.
Although no one knows how the injury occurred, if you want to start pointing fingers at who is to blame for the bad news, blame the Red Sox. Schilling is 41 years old and over his career has pitched 3261 innings. That’s 92nd on the all time list and eighth most among active pitchers. Honestly, did you think he was going to make it through the full season anyway? You know it’s already bad enough when you have to add weight incentive bonuses in a contract to encourage your players to stay in shape. And does anyone else find it convenient that Schilling made this announcement less than a week after the Mets signed Johan Santana, whom many thought the Red Sox were going to land.
If Schilling can win five games in 2008, that’s five more wins then Red Sox fans should be expecting. He already announced this was going to be his final year and that he just wanted to go out on top one last time. Well Schill, you’re going to go out on top all right, on top of the list for the most selfish, overpaid, greedy and overweight pitchers to not throw an inning in their final MLB season. I’d say Kudos, but you’d probably eat it.