Schilling ready to rehab shoulder

AP / File
Boston pitcher Curt Schilling and team officials are finally on the same page about the best way to treat his shoulder injury entering spring training.

FORT MYERS, Fla. --- Curt Schilling arrived at spring training Thursday to begin rehabilitating his right shoulder after apparently patching up his differences with the Boston Red Sox over the best way to treat it.


Schilling met with general manager Theo Epstein , manager Terry Francona and pitching coach John Farrell . The pitcher didn't practice outdoors at the team's camp.

"We just actually chatted with him," Epstein said, "and everyone seems to be on the same page."

That wasn't the case last week when the Red Sox and Dr. Craig Morgan , brought in by Schilling for a second opinion, differed strongly.

Morgan, who operated on Schilling's shoulder in 1995 and 1999, said the right-hander had a torn tendon and the only way he could pitch again is through surgery. The team contended that the tendon was damaged, not torn, and insisted on rehabilitation.

Schilling reluctantly sided with the team, which could have voided his one-year, $8 million contract if he chose surgery.

CUBS: Big Z is tuned in and slimmed down.

Carlos Zambrano is free of the contract talk that shadowed him during spring training a year ago and says he's ready to just pitch.

"It was a distraction, the thing about the contract and all that. ... This year is different. This year I come to spring training more relaxed," the Chicago ace said as the team's pitchers and catchers had their first workout.

DODGERS: Jason Schmidt is learning patience. He just hopes it doesn't take too long.

The 35-year-old right-hander was limited to six starts before undergoing surgery last June to repair an inflamed bursa, a torn labrum and a frayed biceps tendon in his right shoulder.

Schmidt has been rehabilitating ever since, and he's not finished.

"I'm still in rehab mode. It may not happen (by) opening day. I'll have to deal with that," Schmidt said as pitchers and catchers reported to spring training.

TWINS: Pitcher Francisco Liriano is having visa problems because of a drunken-driving arrest in 2006 and expects to be late for the start of spring training.

Liriano, arrested in Florida in 2006 on charges of speeding and drunken driving, said that tests required by a U.S. consulate in the Dominican Republic will delay his arrival for at least next week. The Twins open camp Sunday in Fort Myers, Fla.



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