According to MLBTR-
6:51pm: Schilling has opted for rehab rather than surgery, as decided by a third party doctor. Boston's doctor advised rehab, while one of Schilling's advised surgery. It's a partial rotator cuff tear, and it'll keep Schilling out until at least the All-Star break.
1:05pm: According to the Boston Herald, Curt Schilling has a possibly season-ending shoulder injury (perhaps a torn rotator cuff or labrum). Schilling's career in general seems in jeopardy, in
The Herald report says the Red Sox have already explored whether they can void Schilling's $8MM contract. That's created a conflict with the team and Schilling, and they're also at odds over him needing surgery. It's unknown whether the Red Sox missed the injury in his physical (seems unlikely) or if it happened since then.
With Beckett, Matsuzaka, Lester, Wakefield, and Buchholz, the Red Sox do have the depth to sustain this injury. But a solid sixth man other than Julian Tavarez would be nice. I don't see the free agent market offering much in terms of a mid-rotation addition.
It seems to me that the Cubs and Red Sox maybe a fit for a trade. The Cubs have been shopping Marquis and have a really strong rotation as it stands with Marshall, Gallagher, Dempster, Marquis, Lieber, and Hart battling for the 4th and 5th spots in the rotation. Why not send a pitcher the Red Sox way?? I would prefer that the Cubs send either Dempster or Marquis to Boston. Marquis has 2 years left on the deal and the Sox may require the Cubs to pay a portion of that. Dempster is a perfect fit in my opinion. He could be the veteran addition they need at minimal price and when Schilling comes back they can either deal Dempster or send him to the pen.
Now, what would the Cubs want in return?? How bout a CoCo Crisp for Dempster and a midlevel prospect?? It would give the Cubs the speed they need in the lineup, along with good defense, and a guy to share time with Pie in CF. Seems like a good fit to me! I also would not be opposed to a Dempster for a couple of decent prospects.
Here is a link to Crisp's stats-
On a side note, Bedard to Seattle will be announced by Friday. He is in Seattle now getting his physical done. Roberts to the Cubs by the weekend??? Who knows???