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July 13, 2007
Curt Schilling, who has been on the disabled list because of right shoulder tendinitis, threw 55 pitches in a side session this afternoon, his first time on the mound since a June 18 start in Atlanta.
Manager Terry Francona, who doesn't routinely watch Schilling's side sessions (the last one he witnessed was in 2004, he said, when he watched to see if the right-hander's injured right ankle "would explode" prior to a postseason start), was thrilled with what he saw today.
"He was able to throw without a whole lot of effort behind it. The ball was coming out of his hand good. It was a really good day. I think we thought it was going to be. He worked really hard and it showed. I think he was happy and he should be," said Francona.
The Sox have mapped out a tentative plan for Schilling that could include a rehab stint next Saturday if all goes well. Schilling will throw a similar side session on the field at Fenway Park on Monday and then will follow that up by throwing a simulated inning so he can "ramp it up" against hitters, Francona said.
Next Wednesday would be a small side session, said the manager, and then, "on Saturday we'll see where he's at," said Francona.
-- Steven Krasner
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