Schilling has setback, returns to Boston

Schilling has setback, returns to Boston

PHILADELPHIA -- By now, Red Sox right-hander Curt Schilling planned on being able to throw batting practice. However, the veteran wasn't able to get to that point. Instead, he will fly back to Boston and be examined by Red Sox medical director Thomas Gill on Wednesday.

After having initial optimism over the way things were going in bullpen sessions, Schilling had a disappointing side session on Friday in Cincinnati. The Red Sox hope that the visit with Gill will reveal only the natural progression that a pitcher can go through when he's coming back from an arm injury.

"Hopefully he's [just] hit a little bit of a plateau -- maybe it's a bump in the road," said Red Sox manager Terry Francona. "But we need to go have him examined before he starts doing anything else. It's been a frustrating week for him. We'll get him back, get him looked at, then we'll go from there."

Schilling declined to speak to reporters before leaving the clubhouse.

Is the pitcher experiencing pain? Francona didn't go that far.

"I just think he's gotten to a point where, plateau is the best word I can give you," Francona said. "He's kind of stuck. We want to see what the next move is."

It has been a frustrating time for Schilling, who last pitched in Game 2 of the 2007 World Series. Before Spring Training even started, Schilling felt sharp pain in his arm while trying to do get on a throwing program.

His injury is listed as right shoulder weakness.

Schilling has a career record of 216-146. Perhaps most impressive is his postseason resume, where he is 11-2 with a 2.23 ERA in 19 starts.

Ian Browne is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.