October 31, 2004 in Sports

Schilling may get his surgery

Associated Press

BOSTON — Boston Red Sox ace Curt Schilling will have surgery on his injured right ankle as long as an MRI shows no problems with infection, the team’s doctor said before the World Series victory parade on Saturday.

Dr. Bill Morgan checked Schilling before the parade and said “he looked improved.” An MRI is planned for Monday, with surgery possible on Wednesday.

“He wants to have it done yesterday, but we have to make sure that everything’s where it has to be for right now,” Morgan said.

Schilling, who was walking with crutches and a cast on Saturday, has a torn tendon sheath in his right ankle that hobbled him during his first start of the A.L. Championship Series against the Yankees. In order to allow him to pitch the sixth game of the ALCS, doctors stitched his tendon in place so it didn’t flop over the ankle bone. The procedure was repeated before Game 2 of the World Series, and Schilling again fared well.

Morgan and Dr. George Theodore will perform the operation.

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