Curt Schilling commented on his shoulder in a posting on his blog, 38pitches.com, last night and wrote that he has agreed to abide by the Red Sox medical recommendations with the hope that he will be able to pitch as much as possible during the 2008 season.
Schilling did not provide a timetable for his return to the mound.
“I knew in my heart of hearts that the extra time I was giving my arm to rest this winter would in fact be the cure for what I went through the entire 2007 season,” Schilling wrote. “I had a strong desire to not have to go through multiple cortisone injections in my shoulder for another year. There was absolutely no reason for anyone involved to believe I would be anything other than completely healthy and ready for the 2008 baseball season.”
The situation changed since those exams according to Schilling, who wrote that he contacted the Red Sox early in January with concerns about his shoulder.
“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,” Schilling wrote. “At no time did I ever consider taking a course of action against the clubs wishes. In the end, regardless of who agreed with whom, I have chosen the clubs 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.”
According to Schilling, he does not have a tear and that surgery was not a recommendation by Dr. Craig Morton, who provided a second opinion on the righthander’s shoulder.
“When the club feels it’s appropriate to further discuss the details of this issue publicly I will elaborate but I need to make it clear that Dr Morgan did NOT diagnose me with a tear of the rotator cuff at any time during this process, nor did he recommend rotator cuff surgery,” Schilling wrote.
“After being diagnosed by the Red Sox medical staff I sought a second opinion, as anyone would, and when it became clear there was disagreement (which is not uncommon by the way), I agreed to see an independent Doctor from a list the Red Sox provided me, for the third opinion.”