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Schilling out until after break

His stint on DL to be extended

SEATTLE -- Terry Francona made official yesterday what had become increasingly apparent: Curt Schilling will not return to the Red Sox' rotation until after the All-Star break.

Schilling, who went on the disabled list June 22 (retroactive to June 19) with what has been called right shoulder tendinitis, will not resume throwing until next week at the earliest.

"Basically, the program stays what it is and he will be reevaluated on Monday at home, with the hope that things are progressing to the point where he can throw," Francona said. "He can throw now, but I think they want him to reach certain levels with testing. All the things we said the other day remain true. We want him to be able to finish the season being a consistent, good pitcher. That's why we're trying to use good judgment.

"Sometimes it's not a lot of fun using good judgment, but that's what we're trying to do."

Schilling was on board with the decision.

"I have to," he said when asked if he was accepting of the timetable that has been established. "I have to do what I need to do to get back. But once I get a ball in my hand and I start to throw, I'll be able to have more input then. I can't waste energy being angry about the circumstances. I have to do what I can do to get back on the mound as soon as I can."

Schilling is eligible to come off the DL Wednesday, but is assured of at least another week off and perhaps more, depending on how Francona configures the rotation when play resumes after the break July 12.

Schilling, who is 6-4 with a 4.20 ERA, had made his first 15 starts and was closing in on 100 innings (94 1/3) until he missed his first start Tuesday night, when Kason Gabbard subbed for him and lasted just 3 1/3 innings, the shortest stint by a Sox starter this season. Nonetheless, Francona said, the rookie lefthander will get another start Monday night at home against the Texas Rangers. "He's going to pitch in his turn," Francona said. "He can pitch a little bit."

Long arm
Brendan Donnelly, who also is on the DL (strained right forearm), clearly will not be returning when he is eligible Monday. Donnelly played long toss yesterday morning, but cut his mound session in half. "He got through his best day of long toss to date," pitching coach John Farrell said. "He intended to throw 20 pitches off the mound, and when we got halfway through that, we thought it best to stop, given how well he'd thrown 10 pitches at that intensity level." . . . The Pawtucket Red Sox placed three players on the International League All-Star team: outfielder Brandon Moss, closer Travis Hughes, and lefthanded reliever Craig Breslow. It is the second straight selection for Breslow. Moss is batting .294 with 13 home runs and 54 RBIs while playing in all 76 games this season. Before going 0 for 3 last night, he was second in the IL with 26 doubles and fourth in slugging percentage at .538. Breslow is 1-1 with a 1.59 ERA in 25 appearances. In 39 2/3 innings, he has allowed just 30 hits (opponents batting .208) with only nine walks and 48 strikeouts. Hughes, who pitched last season for the Washington Nationals, is 4-3 with seven saves and a 1.31 ERA. The IL All-Star Game is July 11 in Albuquerque.

Hello, neighbor
Mike Timlin is planning to make his offseason home in Castle Rock, Colo., a suburb of Denver, where his next-door neighbor will be Mike Myers, the Yankees' lefthanded setup man and former Sox reliever. Timlin also bought some land in the higher elevations above the city -- "about 9,200 feet up" -- where he plans to have a ranch and do some hunting . . . Kevin Youkilis, who went 0 for 4 yesterday to end an eight-game hitting streak, has now gone 86 at-bats since his last home run, May 29 at home against Cleveland. That's the longest drought on the team, six more at-bats than Alex Cora. Youkilis had eight home runs and 30 RBIs while batting .358 in his first 47 games (193 at-bats). In 25 games since, he is batting .264 (23 for 87) with four doubles and a triple, no home runs, and 11 RBIs . . . Because their game yesterday in Detroit was rained out, the Rangers have jiggered their rotation for this weekend. The matchups: Robinson Tejeda vs. Tim Wakefield tomorrow night; Jamey Wright vs. Josh Beckett Saturday; Kameron Loe vs. Julian Tavarez Sunday; TBA vs. Gabbard Monday . . . Julio Lugo's horrendous start is not unprecedented, but he doesn't have much company. Since 1996, only one player with as many as 250 at-bats at this stage of the season has had a lower average than Lugo's .189: Greg Vaughn, who was batting .163 through June 27, 2002, for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

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