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Curt Schilling told WEEI’s Dennis and Callahan on Friday that he will opt for surgery Monday. That surgery will end his 2008 season and likely end his career.
The 41-year-old right hander is 216-146 in his career with 3,116 strikeouts. He signed a contract in the offseason for $8 million but has yet to toe the rubber this season.
On his blog, 38pitches.com, Schilling described his surgery with optimism:
To all of the well wishers, thank you. To all of the anti-Schilling people, thank you. Both sets of you were inspiration and motivation to be whatever it is I was for 19 some odd years on a major league mound.
I am set to have what could be extensive and potentially career ending shoulder surgery on Monday. The result of that surgery could be waking up and being told “It’s been a nice run big man, but you’re done” or “It wasn’t THAT bad, but it’s going to take serious time and effort to ever pitch again”.
The first one was what made this decision much easier because if I do not have surgery my career is over today, right now. That’s probably the case anyway, but I’d rather find out and know, than I would ponder.
SCHILLING FAN POLL