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February 7, 2008

Speculation is rampant right now. I see the Sox just released a statement.

At the time we negotiated the 2008 contract I passed all physical exams and testing, as well as the MRI the club required me to take. 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. 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.

Things have changed since then and I contacted the team early last month with concerns and we’ve been working diligently to resolve them.

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. 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.

Please understand that a lot of what has been reported is not true. 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.

Dr Craig Morgan is inarguably one of the most highly respected shoulder experts in the world. I’m here because 13 years ago he was the only person on the planet to actually get what was wrong with me and correctly diagnose, and then treat me. He’s been on the cutting edge of treating throwing shoulders for over a decade. Much of the stuff that’s now seen as cutting edge treatment and therapy he was doing 10 years ago. I trusted him with my career then, and always will.

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.

At this time I have agreed to abide with the clubs wishes in hopes that will provide the results they believe it will.

329 Comments leave one →
  1. 4soxinnj permalink
    February 17, 2008 11:14 pm

    Curt, I have been concerned about the whole process regarding your shoulder. I know that you are a great competitor and look foward to you continued success. My family and I pray for your continued success and good health.

    I look forward to seeing you pitch this Summer and into the Fall.

  2. mikebuckeye permalink
    February 18, 2008 3:00 pm

    Curt,

    Per usual, you are full of your own B.S. Enjoy your 8 million plus to run your mouth off. Hopefully you’ll shut your mouth long enough to hit your weight clauses.

  3. mjd0717 permalink
    February 18, 2008 4:34 pm

    Isn’t biceps tendinitis (or in this case fraying) is one of the most common complications of anabolic steroid use?

  4. nubulins permalink
    February 18, 2008 4:40 pm

    i believe you curt

  5. namekit permalink
    February 18, 2008 5:16 pm

    Ok here goes.
    I think you need to take matters into your own hands. It is obvious to me that you do not believe the prescribed course of action is the correct one and you are not happy about it.
    I am convinced that you do not need the 8 million dollar contract as much as we (BoSox), need a healthy Curt Shilling.
    I think you should meet with Theo and John Henry, thank them for the opportunity to come here, make a bunch of money and a bunch of memories and advise them that you will follow your doctors advice and have the surgery and begin rehab. The 8 million contract will be voided and you can do your thing. If the surgery goes well, and the rehab goes well, you will be able to pitch after the All star break.
    You will be healthy enough to get on with your life whether you ever pitch again or not. If you come back like you know you can, I am sure a team will pick you up for the balance of the year. Either way you can proceed on a path you believe in.
    Listen to your heart and your wife.. Do what you have to do..

    Thanks for everything you have done here.

    JS

  6. sox1972 permalink
    February 18, 2008 7:09 pm

    Curt,
    What it comes down to is you have to do whats right for you and your family no matter what the money consequenses are. We have seen you play hurt many times. With the great career you had you could have retired after the last world series win. What did you do you came back to play and took a pay cut to stay with the sox. I don’t think there is any doubt in Red Sox nation about your commitment to the team.
    If there is any doubt in your mind that any of the doctors do not have your best interest in heart and are making a diagnosis to get you back faster at not 100% or if there is a possibility that you could do more damage by rehab and coming back to me its not worth it for you and your family.
    Red Sox nation knows your comitment in the past and knows it would kill you not to be able to play this year.
    Good luck to you and make a desicion for you and your family. Forget baseball.

  7. tdmtown permalink
    February 18, 2008 8:18 pm

    Curt,
    It’s funny to see the different responses here. I’m not in the “kiss Curt’s butt” camp, but i am for sure a fan and admire your effort on the field and philanthropy off the field. That being said, i’d have to agree with the Sox. One thing i have never heard you mention, was the fact that you are 40+ and 40 somethings don’t heal like 20 somethings. Even post surgery 2005, it was on and off the DL, then only relief, THEN starting. You got a free pass because of your amazing efforts in 2004 and it was justified, but as you’ve stated, the Sox have never asked for any of that money back for the time you went on the DL. (i know they can’t) I’ve only followed your career here in Boston, but you don’t seem to be an especially quick “healer”, nor do you seem to be particularly patient and willing to take all the time necessary to heal right(as in 05), so can you even understand that the Sox, in weighing both options, took the less risky option?
    Just because you have surgery,
    1) doesn’t mean it will solve ALL of your problems
    2) there’s no guarantee it will go 100% correctly
    3) there’s no guarantee you’ll recover in time to pitch a single game in ’08

    If you were 25 with little to no injury history, or a history of being a “quick” healer, i’d say “have the surgery”, but you are 40+ and have been on and off the DL throughout your career. Try to be a little more objective, you have an injury/recovery “track record” and even from the outside, one doesn’t need to be a rocket scientist to infer things from it.

    Stay focused, get well and strong, say a few prayers if it helps, and if/when you do, remember that this might be a time for some hard work and humility, not so much a time for cherry picked press conferences and grandstanding.
    (yes, that circle of butt kissers you convened was absolutely pathetic to watch)

    Good luck

  8. 800redsox9 permalink
    February 18, 2008 8:55 pm

    Curt,

    My family loves you man. I was born in Malden, MA in 1959. I moved to South Jersey in the 1960’s.

    I’m a Red Sox/Phillies nut so you now how much I dig you.

    My brothers and I were in Fenway on April 20th, when you guys hung a bunch of runs on Mariano Rivera and beat them 7-6 (Green Jersey’s).

    I totally love you man! Bloody sock, two world series, thank you for everything. I wish you the best, come back in 2008 bro!

    I wore my Green Shilling Jersey home the next day just like you wore that night…

    Peace!

    Matt

  9. kanderson74 permalink
    February 19, 2008 12:06 am

    Been awfully quiet on this blog…………………… I guess being faced with the end of a career quiets a person. A very loud person at that.

  10. bakerscrew permalink
    February 19, 2008 12:27 am

    $ What a hypocrite, just another greedy ballplayer I guess, enjoy your contract. $

  11. yanksrdaclassofbball permalink
    February 19, 2008 1:26 am

    Dude just pack it in. You aren’t gonna recover fully and when you try to rush back into the lineup youre going to get destroyed. Even a healthy Curt Schilling is no longer dominant, so a rehabbed Schilling is gonna be worse. And hey, this coming from a die-hard Yankee fan who would love nothing more than to watch a bloated Curt Schilling toss batting practice to A Rod, Jeter and the rest like he did last year. Dude, give it up, tear yourself away from the spotlight and go to work for the love of your life, McCain. I’m sure that his camp would welcome a celebrity cheerleader like you. I am anxious for you to melt away into obscurity. You are nothing but a loudmouthed egotist. You are very transparent my friend, and anyone with a brain can see right through you.

  12. beneduci permalink
    February 19, 2008 4:44 am

    Curt,
    I’m sure you don’t have time to read all of the replies to all of your posts, and therefore I will assume that there is a very small chance that you will read this one. Anyway, I read today that you said “It certainly isn’t the best spot to be in, when you hear ‘5 and 10 percent’ and ‘never pitch again’ and those things. I’m disappointed that after 21 years, my career might end like this, but it is what it is.” I can understand wanting to keep your career going. I would love to see you pitch for another year for the Sox, but if it doesn’t happen, I don’t think there is really good reason to be disappointed. You’ve won three world series rings, ended ‘the curse’ with the bloody sock, and have one of the best post-season records of all time. You are a philanthropist and a political advocate. In summary, you have led a life that most of us could not even dream of achieving, so if you are never able to pitch again, just remember that you have brought joy and relief to many people’s lives, and went out as a World Series Champion.
    Thank you…seriously,
    Giovanni

  13. patchie61 permalink
    February 19, 2008 6:54 am

    Curt, man up you fool. Last year at a victory parade you made it about you and not playing for the Sox this year. You needed the “Roger Clemens” attention. While now you have your contract but no arm to pitch.

    I would suggest that you do one of two things – follow the Sox Medical suggestions or take your own avenue and risk your $8 Million contract. it is your choice. You want to open your mouth, take the risk that goes with it. You want to say that your way is the only way, risk voiding teh contract if it doesn’t work out.

    For once in your life shut your trap and do what you are paid to do. It is a shame that it has to be you that is the thorn of spring training. You can’t even help the team and yet you can find ways to hurt it.

    Your getting your money, shut up and do what you are getting paid to do – listen!

  14. frankw1 permalink
    February 19, 2008 7:52 am

    My only response is continue to trust in Him as you have already. This trial and your needs are on my prayerlist. He is your strngth!

  15. February 19, 2008 8:52 am

    Curt:

    I respect that you and the Sox are trying to work things out, but I also think that its your body, and you should be able to do what you think you need to do for it. No one should be questioning your desire to pitch and help this team. How about this for a compromise: agree with the Sox to suspend your contract, get your surgery, heal, rehab. If you come back and pitch this season, or next, at some level of effectiveness agreed upon in advance by you and the team, you get paid. If you can’t do that this season or next, you retire.

  16. bostonfv permalink
    February 19, 2008 9:30 am

    Mr. Schilling: Aside from being a Red Sox fan, I have also been diagnosed with a partial thickness tear and biceps tendonitis. (by MGH Sports Medicine) I went through many shots and PT for over a year and a half now. Although I am not a major league pitcher (for many reasons, including gender), I was a competitive softball player through college (fast pitch catcher), played until my injury in MA leagues, and was an avid tennis player — among other interests and activities. I went the conservative route, and it hasn’t worked — I have been hoping they would let me continue to try that because they now want me to have biceps tendonesis done and have the tear repaired. I suppose this is the opposite of your situation, but I am petrified of the surgery, even though it will be done by a very accomplished Red Sox doc. What convinced you that the surgery was safe and could get you active quicker? I am scheduled for surgery in May and am petrified that I will not be the same athlete of 2 years ago after the surgery. In any event, the conservative treatment has worked for many, I hope it does for you. I would love to be at Fenway and see you pitch this season.

    Best of luck, and God bless.

  17. john44soxfan permalink
    February 19, 2008 9:39 am

    Curt,
    I wish you all the best with what ever decide to do. I have had the surgery they say you need. My only regret is i wish they had the screw instead of plastic pin that was used in my surgery. My surgery i only got back about 80% use of shoulder/arm, But i know you outcome will be different, and better.

    Your a great pitcher and great person for all you do, will you well.

    AND WIN IT AGAIN WILL YA

  18. wordfromct permalink
    February 19, 2008 12:30 pm

    Schill: Some advice.
    I am a big Schilling fan but I’m beginning to turn here.
    Please Please, stop talking and start rehabbing..!!!
    Look at it this way…you rehab and come back and have a nice
    swan song.
    Or it doesn’t work out but you did your best….You have a great legacy.

    For you to now start bickering over the course of action is driving me crazy.

    Please Please stop talking !!!

    From a big Schilliing fan… be careful your driving us away.

  19. ancientspirit permalink
    February 19, 2008 1:35 pm

    Dear Curt
    I am writing as a fan and one who also has a shouder cuff injury. Please look into acupuncture and Pfremmer deep tissue massage for rehabing the injury.
    I used it on mine, and it has done wonders to an injury that I had let go and did nothing but watch my arm function deterioate.
    I am not an athlete but the injury is no fun.

  20. February 20, 2008 9:22 am

    Curt,

    Do you believe in miracles? If you do, this message may be just that for you and your shoulder.

    You certainly don’t know me today, but may become extremely appreciative that I invented a patent pending product called GolfStretcher™ for the golf world or ProStretcher™ for the non golf market and had the balls to let you know about the product in this Blogb. I would like to introduce this product to you and/or Paul Lessard, Mike Reinold, or Scott Waugh. We have tried, but have not been successful in reaching Paul, Mike or Scott and, thus, this blog directly to you.

    Shoulder results for many users of these products have been nearly miraculous. One of the last to be blown away with how rapidly the product helped his shoulders is the Number One Ranked Long Ball Golf Driver, Brain Pavlet. Brain can not wait to share the product with his brother Steve who is an ATC and PT in California.

    Our focus with this invention has been primarily in Golf. Hank Haney, Tiger Wood’s Swing Trainer, Sean Cochran, Phil Michelson’s Personal Trainer and current number 3 ranked Steve Stricker’s Personal Trainer and Caddie, Thomas Mitchell, all have and are testing or using GolfStretchers™.

    This is the review we received from Thomas Mitchell.

    The GolfStretcher is definitely a great tool to use in everyone’s golf fitness program. It is very effective in increasing the range of motion in the shoulder joint, which is usually ignored in most people’s workouts. It will help reduce shoulder injuries and can only improve one’s golf swing. The rotating handles are awesome and comfortable to use. I now feel confident and complete in my golf fitness training.

    Robert E. McAtee, LMT, CSCS, C-PT – Co-Author of “Facilitated Stretching”, PNF Stretching and Strengthening Made Easy and owner of Pro-Active Massage Therapy, Colorado Springs, CO had this to say:

    As an inventor myself, I’m pleased to see the creative simplicity of the GolfStretcher™.

    As a sports therapist and facilitated stretching specialist, I’ve auditioned many stretching and flexibility products over the years. The Golf-Stretcher’s unique combination of rotating handles and shaft and adjustable length make the multi-planar movements used in facilitated stretching easy for everyone to accomplish.

    I recommend the Golf-Stretcher™ for improving golf performance, as well as for overall flexibility training, neuromuscular integration, and general health and well-being.

    We look forward to helping you with your shoulder. The only thing we ask in return is that if this product helps you as much as we expect it will, that you would help us get this product recognized in the Baseball World.

    Curt…Please fee free to contact me directly or have or Paul Lessard, Mike Reinold, or Scott Waugh contact me.

    Jack Wilson – Inventor – jack@golfstretcher.com

  21. jointrepair permalink
    February 22, 2008 10:59 am

    Please curt as a life long red sox fan, find a doctor who does prolotherapy. either go out to see Dr. Jo Ann Douglas, DO in colorado or see Paul Tortland, DO in CT.

  22. theclassofbasball permalink
    February 22, 2008 10:59 pm

    curt

    you’re 40yrs old give it up,nice how you held off on you’re injury after the mets signed santana,typical on you’re part,no class as usual. curt

  23. reptiletroy permalink
    February 24, 2008 6:38 pm

    Dear,Curt

    I hope you get better quick but if your not starting soon what do you want the starting rotation to look like if your not starting.

    From,Troy age 11

  24. jezzo21 permalink
    March 2, 2008 2:24 am

    Curt;

    We hope you will return true to form, but if not we will always be thankful for the TWO (2) World Championships you have brought to Red Sox Nation. Even though the nit-wit son of a *^&%$ from the Yankees is now flopping his gums, we need you to rest up for the play-offs. Besides, how many Championships do you need to get into the Hall of Fame? Your three are memorable and a forth would be the icing on the cake!

    Rest up you old war horse, we will need you for the final lap!

  25. theclassofbasball permalink
    March 4, 2008 9:42 pm

    hey jezzo21

    yankee fans aren’t the only ones saying bad things about curt, there’s plenty of you chowder heads saying alot of bad things to.

  26. gericos permalink
    March 23, 2008 7:34 am

    Good Morning Curt – I have been following your injury, as I have personally worked on many shoulders & other problematic joints, in pain &/or injury, using an original technique of muscle therapy I have developed over the past 25 years of successfully treating 1,000’s of clients – I would welcome the opportunity to offer my knowledge, skill & experience, to create a continuous flow of energy from the tip of your toes to the tips of your fingers, releasing a synchronized & calculated burst of undistracted muscle power in your pitch – – – Success stories: A wrist scheduled for surgery-I treated 3 times for a half hour each – upon day of surgery & preparatory exam, wrist was improved by 60% (my trmt was the only intervening variable) & surgery cancelled – recently worked on a physician, whose specialty is shoulders, experiencing shoulder pain, was pleased to have no shoulder pain at end of treatment session – The competitive athletes I work on, call me their “secret weapon” – My treatment is very unique & it works – I create extra-ordinary health & healing in muscles – for more info & contact, please visit http://www.gericostanzamassage.com – Thank You for making this opportunity for posting & taking time to review comments – Best to you – G

  27. dhaines permalink
    March 27, 2008 7:58 pm

    Dear Curt,
    I am happy to hear that the shoulder is improving. Please email me when you get a chance. I pray for your health and family daily. God Bless you and your family.

  28. puppyman permalink
    April 11, 2008 7:50 pm

    Mr. Schilling,

    I’ve noticed that a lot of pitchers wear what looks like a rawhide neck band. Can you tell me what this represents?

    Thank you.

    Pat Kelly

  29. edzoinvt permalink
    April 13, 2008 11:20 am

    Dear Curt,

    During spring training Steve Buckley wrote a great article about you. I wrote and told him so, and he suggested telling you as well. So here’s my view:

    We waited 86 years for 2004 to come and if you had not been on that team – we might still be waiting. Historically, I think you are THE single most signicant player, – having the most impact – in Red Sox history. Significant, when you consider Ted Willliams, Big Papi, Joe Wood and Yaz

    What you pulled off in 2004 year – and at the end on one leg no less – was unbeliebable.

    Again, last year – despite a arm problems – you were absolutely clutch down the stretch. No Curt? No 2007 W.S. Win, either. Sorry. We lose to the Indians. Beckett was awesome. Dice K came through in a big way. But you were wicked clutch.

    I have no doubt that your presence is nothing but good for Becket and Dice-K to be around, not to mention the rest of the team.

    I was bummed to hear about the arm issue when you were preparing for the year. I was bummed to hear that the docs are split. I wish they’d let you get the fix you wanted – your doc has a proven track record. I’m guessing you know best for your body.

    With all of that said – I really hope you can rehab it and fix it during the first half or so of the season the way the team thinks can happen.

    Here’s why – another W.S. Ring to put alongside those beauties you posted in that photo would be STAGGERING to comprehend.

    Think of it – you come back in mid or late August after missing all that time and provide that push to get back to the playoffs – and back into your favorite neighborhood (W.S. Clutch Time) – it’s gonna put you on a whole other level. Another stratosphere. Your legacy will be ridiculous. One game? Winner take all, who do you want on the mound? Bob Gibson? Whitey Ford? Sandy Koufax? Dizzy Dean? Cy Young? Joe Wood? Bob Feller? …. Or you? WEEI will need it’s own time slot just for that argument.

    So please, work on that rehab – because there’s still more clutch time yet to come!! You are already a shoe-in for the HOF. After you kick butt in 2008 – you’ll need your own wing there!

    Good luck!

    Edzo in Vermont

    p.s. Tell Big Papi not to sweat it and relax. Like you, without him we have nothing. We know he’s got his yearly 35 homers and 130 rbis inside him. They’re just all gonna come in fewer games this year. I feel bad for AL pitching once he warms up. So please tell him to cheer up!

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