NOTE: I accidentally posted a thread on the same topic at the same time as you, Brew. I deleted the thread and appended it here.
According to reports
in the Boston Globe
and Boston Herald
, Curt Schilling has a shoulder injury that will cause him to miss the start of spring training. The Globe
described the problem as "more serious than the ones that caused the club to shut him down for seven weeks last season." Apparently, Schilling's doctor is recommending surgery, while the team is pushing for a non-surgical rehab stint. The Herald
reports that the Red Sox tried to void Schilling's one-year $8M contract.
If the injury is serious, I have to believe it significantly elevates the value of Clay Buchholz. After Beckett, Matsuzaka, Schillling, Lester, and Wakefield, Buchholz is the obvious sixth man, so I would expect to see him back in the majors to start the season.
As noted in this thread
, the Red Sox have made a concerted effort to keep Buchholz's workload down, so we could see Julian Tavarez, Devern Henseck, or a free agent pickup for a spell. It is worth noting, however, that Boston's April schedule has a high number of off-days, so a temporary four-man rotation is plausible.