Pitching again with his damaged ankle tendon stitched down,
Schilling led Boston to a 6-2 victory over St. Louis on Sunday
night. Needing only two more wins to clinch the title, the Red Sox
hope they can close out the Cardinals before the right-hander's
next scheduled start, in Game 6.
But Boston is planning ahead anyway.
"We'll do the same thing we always do, evaluate him and prepare
for his next start," manager Terry Francona said Monday. "This
isn't something we would do for 30 starts, obviously."
Schilling limped through the clubhouse Monday, his ankle red and
swollen. Marks from the sutures were visible, but the pitcher said
he was fine.
Before Game 2, team physician Dr. Bill Morgan raised doubts
about whether the unprecedented medical procedure could be
performed on Schilling's ankle a third time without risking further
"We need to examine him after the start, day after the start,
two days after the start, first side session, see how he feels and
see if there's a path possible, medical treatment that can get him
out on the mound healthy with good mechanics so he can be
effective," general manager Theo Epstein said. "If we can find
that path, we'll take it, but if not we'll shut him down."