The Boston Red Sox placed Curt Schilling on the 60-day disabled list Thursday as he continues to rehabilitate his right shoulder. They also released Doug...
FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Boston Red Sox placed Curt Schilling on the 60-day disabled list Thursday as he continues to rehabilitate his right shoulder.
They also released Doug Mirabelli, who had been the personal catcher for knuckleballer Tim Wakefield. Moving Schilling to the disabled list cleared space for Boston to sign right-hander Lincoln Holdzkom to its 40-man roster.
The moves left the Red Sox with 40 players, including Schilling, in their major-league camp six days before they leave for Tokyo, where they’re scheduled to play two exhibitions against Japanese teams and two regular-season games against the Oakland Athletics.
Schilling has said he would have preferred surgery, but the team insisted he try rehab. The right-hander said he wasn’t hurt when he signed a one-year, $8 million contract with the Red Sox in November.
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The skill Kevin Cash showed in catching Wakefield last year makes him the likely replacement for the 37-year-old Mirabelli, who hit just .202 last season.
Neurological tests for Cameron
PHOENIX — Milwaukee outfielder Mike Cameron is to see a neurologist today for a determination on whether he has post-concussion syndrome.
Suspended for the first 25 games of the 2008 season after twice testing positive for a banned stimulant, the former Mariner also is applying for an exemption that would allow him to use banned stimulants.
Cameron told USA Today he suspects he still is bothered by an outfield collision that ended his season in 2005.
“I’m fine physically,” he was quoted as saying. “But mentally, I’m not so sure. It’s just little things. Lapses here and there. I may be fine, but [the test] can’t hurt.”
Cameron blamed his positive tests on tainted legal supplements.
• A MRI revealed Tampa Bay LHP Brian Anderson, 35, suffered a career-ending elbow injury during the sixth inning of Wednesday’s game against the New York Yankees. Anderson, who missed the past two seasons following Tommy John surgery, tore the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow for the third time and the flexor mass muscle, which is on the inside of the elbow, for the second time.
• 2B Mark Grudzielanek, who has been out with a bad back, returned to Kansas City to have it examined.
• Florida LHP Scott Olsen had another pain-free bullpen session, giving the team hope he’ll be able to start the season in the rotation. Olsen has not pitched since March 2 because of tendinitis in his throwing shoulder.
• Carlos Beltran played center field for the first time since offseason arthroscopic surgery on both knees, and felt like he was relearning the position.
“The first fly ball, I felt like I didn’t know what to do,” the Mets’ cleanup hitter said after a 6-5, 10-inning loss to St. Louis. “It’s been a lot of work for me.”
• St. Louis reached a preliminary agreement with RHP Kyle Lohse on a $4.25 million, one-year deal. Also, OF Juan Gonzalez is day to day with an abdominal strain.
• Former pitcher Rick Sutcliffe was diagnosed with a curable form of colon cancer and will take a leave from his job as a Major League Baseball analyst for ESPN to undergo chemotherapy and surgery.
• An auction house says Jameson Sutton of Boulder, Colo., has decided to sell the baseball Barry Bonds hit for career homer No. 762, in part to cover medical bills incurred by his father’s cancer fight. The ball could fetch $1 million.
SCP Auctions also handled the sale of Bonds’ record-breaking home run ball No. 756, which went for $752,467.
• Mike Mussina threw five perfect innings but got overshadowed by a batter that struck out in his lone at-bat in the New York Yankees’ 5-3 loss to Pittsburgh.
New York gave actor Billy Crystal, the longtime Yankees fan who turns 60 today, the opportunity to play as a reward for his ambassador-like role for baseball.
“It was unbelievable,” he said.