Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling said on ESPN Radio on Wednesday that in 2008 "former members of the organization" told him performance-enhancing drugs were an option to help him get healthy and extend his playing days.
Schilling, who had signed a one-year contract with the Sox in 2008 but did not pitch that season due to a shoulder injury, would not identify who was involved in the conversation, or whether it was a player, coach or staff member.
“At the end of my career, in 2008 when I had gotten hurt, there was a conversation that I was involved in, in which it was brought to my attention that this is a potential path I might want to pursue,” said Schilling, who is currently an ESPN analyst.
Schilling said the topic came up in a clubhouse conversation that could be overheard by several teammates.
"It was an incredibly uncomfortable conversation," he added. "Because it came up in the midst of a group of people. The other people weren’t in the conversation but they could clearly hear the conversation. And it was suggested to me that at my age and in my situation, why not? What did I have to lose? Because if I wasn’t going to get healthy, it didn’t matter. And if I did get healthy, great.
“It caught me off guard, to say the least," he added. "That was an awkward situation.”
Schilling officially retired from baseball in March 2009.