Rehab Mandate Has Schilling Frustrated, Resigned

Ace wanted surgery, but Sox docs ruled it out
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser User
Posted Feb 18, 2008 9:44 PM CST
Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling, right, tries to kick a piece of chewing gum over the fence as pitcher Jon Lester watches at the team's spring training baseball facility in Fort Myers, Fla., Friday,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Red Sox postseason phenom Curt Schilling is irked that he isn't able to follow the advice of his favorite surgeon, Dr. Craig Monroe, and get biceps surgery. However, he vows to go along with Boston's prescription of a cortisone shot, followed by a strengthening and conditioning regimen, reports the Boston Herald.

According to Schilling, Monroe's earlier operations on his arm helped save his career. He seemed less trusting of Boston's doctors: "If their course of action doesn’t work, I don’t pitch this year, and I may never pitch again. I don’t have a choice. I have to mentally get behind it and do everything I can to make it work."