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Schilling willing, but not able

Rehab plan is due soon

SEATTLE -- Curt Schilling's reaction was swift and sure. Are there any positives to be drawn from his stint on the disabled list?

"No," he said. "No."

He was then asked about his reaction to comments made by Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein in San Diego regarding the possibility of Schilling sitting out through the All-Star break to give his shoulder additional rest. Epstein acknowledged that there was no timetable for the ace and mentioned that giving a 40-year-old pitcher extra rest might not be a bad idea. Manager Terry Francona prefers "not to look at dates."

"I agree with Tito," Schilling said yesterday in his first comments to the media since being placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday. "It's easy to analyze that when you're not in uniform and you've never been in one. That's a good way to look at it, I guess. It's different when you're in here."

Schilling said his throwing program would be determined in the next day or two. And he's clearly not pleased to be out with the right shoulder tendinitis that bothered him over his last two starts, against Colorado and Atlanta.

Beyond that, though, he doesn't want to start throwing too early and, as he said, be back where he started two weeks from now.

"We're just kind of taking it day by day," Schilling said. "[The coaching staff and trainers are] getting together again at some point in the next day or two to reconvene and figure out what the schedule is.

"I would like to be back tomorrow, but they have protocol. There's things they want to do in testing. They want to make sure. They set milestones for me to hit in the next couple days before we go to the next phase."

Schilling received a cortisone shot in his right shoulder after his start last Monday against the Braves, when he allowed six earned runs in 4 1/3 innings. It was his second straight unimpressive start, after he allowed five earned runs in five innings against Colorado June 13. Schilling also had an MRI performed last week that showed no structural damage.

"I felt immediate improvement right after I got the shot," Schilling said. "But after the novocaine from the shot wears off, you've got to kind of start at zero and work from there."

Kason Gabbard joins the Red Sox today to take Schilling's turn in the rotation, and could make up to two more starts since Schilling is not eligible to return from the disabled list until July 4.

But as for an exact number?

"[We] want him to go in and do his stuff and have the trainers come back and say, 'This is better, this is better, this is better. He looks ready for this, and able to handle it,' " Francona said. "I think we've been pretty consistent all year, trying to not set dates or look at the record. Just try to do what's right."

Amalie Benjamin can be reached at abenjamin@globe.com.

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