Though we haven't quite tracked down Curt Schilling (post-batting practice I'll be heading down to the clubhouse to wait for him again), Terry Francona gave good reports on Schilling's bullpen session today.
Schilling threw 55 pitches, far more than the 30 to 35 that was expected and had the ball coming out of his hand "nice and free and easy," Francona said.
As for his progress, Schilling is going to throw another side session on Monday, this one coming on the field. He'll also throw an inning to hitters on Monday. Then, if all goes well, it looks like a game-routine side on Wednesday. Francona didn't want to get too far ahead of himself in terms of mapping out a schedule, saying they'll "see where he's at" next Saturday. Francona also confirmed that Schilling will have to do a rehab start before he can return to the big league club.
"Didn't look like there was a whole lot of effort behind it to get the ball to come out of his hand well," Francona said. "It was a really good day. I think we thought it was going to be. That's the way we set it up. We tried to go at a pace where he is going to, the ball is going to come out of his hand [well]. "He has worked really hard and I think it shows. We're actually kind of proud of him."