The Boston Globe reports Schilling and the Red Sox have agreed he will not have surgery, but that he is likely to miss at least the entire first half of 2008:
While Gill recommended rest and rehabilitation, much like the course of treatment followed by former Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez in the 2001 season, Morgan strongly urged surgery for Schilling, which conceivably could have ended Schilling’s career.
According to one source, the Sox raised the possibility that Schilling would forfeit his contract if he proceeded to have surgery without their permission, and there were indications that the dispute has led to strained feelings between the parties.
Update: Rob Bradford in the Herald talks to Dr. Craig Morgan:
In mid-December, Schilling felt pain in the front of his right shoulder. A month later, he called Dr. Craig Morgan to inform the man who had done two ground-breaking shoulder surgeries on the pitcher that he had “screaming pain” in that same spot.
Today, the hurler can’t throw a baseball, and has pain simply shaking hands or opening a door. …
After looking at an MRI arthrogram performed on Schilling Jan. 24, Morgan said the biceps looks like “three strands of spaghetti,” and is an irreversible problem if just using the Red Sox’ recommended remedy of a cortisone shot and rehabilitation. …
Update Update: The man speaks:
There have been disagreements these past few weeks in an effort to provide me with a solution that would allow me to pitch as much as possible during the 2008 season. At no time did I ever consider taking a course of action against the clubs wishes. In the end, regardless of who agreed with whom, I have chosen the clubs course of action and will vigorously pursue any and every option I can to be able to help this team to another World Series title in 2008.
Please understand that a lot of what has been reported is not true. When the club feels it’s appropriate to further discuss the details of this issue publicly I will elaborate but I need to make it clear that Dr Morgan did NOT diagnose me with a tear of the rotator cuff at any time during this process, nor did he recommend rotator cuff surgery.