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With only a week until Spring training begins, it seems as though Curt Schilling’s season may be approaching an end. According to the Boston Herald, Dr. Craig Morgan, who has operated on Schilling’s shoulder before, has recommended surgery to fix a torn rotator cuff. Controversy has ensued over Schilling’s future course of action:
The matter has become such a point of contention between the sides that the Sox threatened to void Schilling’s contract if he fails to follow their prescribed course of treatment, thereby saving the team a guaranteed $8 million.
Under terms of the collective bargaining agreement, the Red Sox have final say over whether the pitcher will or will not have surgery. Based on that, it seems highly unlikely that Schilling would have surgery without club authorization for fear of violating the terms of his contract.
This news is certainly bad timing for the start of the Red Sox spring training. One has to wonder how long Schilling has been suffering from this injury and why, if it was such an issue, it wasn’t taken care of in the off-season.