ANAHEIM -- In just a few days, the Red Sox will finally have their ace back. Before Saturday's game against the Angels, manager Terry Francona announced that Curt Schilling will reclaim his spot atop the rotation on Thursday at Kansas City.
Schilling last started a game for the Red Sox on April 23 against the Devil Rays. After that, he went on the disabled list with recurring right-ankle woes.
Once Schilling returned to the active roster on July 14, he became the closer, which served an obvious need with Keith Foulke on the disabled list following knee surgery.
With Foulke's return right around the corner -- he might go on a Minor League rehab assignment next week -- the Red Sox thought the time was right to get Schilling back to doing what he does best.
Schilling produced perhaps his best outing as a reliever in Friday's win over the Angels, retiring all six batters he faced and notching four strikeouts.
Schilling will remain in the bullpen for the final two games of this four-game series in Anaheim. Mike Timlin is expected to serve as the primary closer, beginning Tuesday, until Foulke returns. Schilling is 5-5 with a 6.37 ERA in 23 appearances this season.