Fort Myers, FL (Sports Network) - Boston Red Sox ace Curt Schilling is still recovering from ankle surgery and is not ready to pitch on Opening Day against the New York Yankees.
The hard-throwing righthander underwent surgery in November to repair a ruptured flexor tendon in his right ankle. The three-hour procedure was performed by team doctor Bill Morgan and the club expected to have the All- Star healthy for spring training.
Schilling has said his ankle and arm are fine, but he has not yet returned to full strength. He is slated to make his first start of the spring in a minor league game on Monday.
Schilling was plagued by the ankle throughout most of the 2004 season but still managed to make 32 regular-season and four postseason starts to help Boston to its first World Series title since 1918. The 38-year-old led the majors with 21 wins, ranked second among American League hurlers with a 3.26 ERA and his 203 strikeouts was third-best in the AL.
Schilling aggravated the injury in Game 1 of the AL Division Series against the Anaheim Angels and struggled in the opener of the ALCS with the New York Yankees, who battered him for six runs on six hits over just three innings.
However, Schilling pitched the Red Sox to a 4-2 victory over New York in Game 6 of the ALCS after having the tendon temporarily stitched into place. He allowed just four hits and one run over seven innings.
In his final start of the year, Schilling held St. Louis to one unearned run over six frames in Boston's 4-2 triumph over the Cardinals in Game 2 of the World Series, in which the Sox captured with a four-game sweep.
Manager Terry Francona said Saturday that David Wells will start the opener on April 3 against New York and will be followed by Matt Clement, Tim Wakefield, and Bronson Arroyo in the rotation to begin the season.