06/26/07 2:02 AM ET
Notes: Schilling getting a bit antsy
Matsuzaka lends name to CD; rotation will be left alone
By Ian Browne / MLB.com
Schilling, who is eligible to come off the DL on July 4, was asked if he'd like to make another start before the All-Star break.
"I would like to be back tomorrow," said Schilling, who is recovering from right shoulder tendinitis. "They have protocol and there's some things they want to do in testing. They kind of have milestones for me to hit in the next couple of days and then we go to the next phase."
Schilling was made aware of the recent comments made by Theo Epstein, in which the Boston general manager suggested that the break could be a positive in the sense that the rehab program could enable the 40-year-old righty to reclaim his dominance in the second half.
"I agree with Tito [manager Terry Francona]," Schilling said. "It's easy to analyze that when you're not in uniform and you've never been in one. That's a good way [for Epstein] to look at it, I guess. It's different when you're in here."
So no, Schilling doesn't find any positive in being on the disabled list. Serving as a spectator gives Schilling no enjoyment.
"They pay me to pitch and win games," Schilling said. "When you're not doing that, it's not fun."
What is Schilling doing?
"A lot of arm stuff," Schilling said. "Conditioning every day. And a lot of sitting."
Schilling hopes that a throwing program is in the very near future.
"It's really a day-to-day thing. Unfortunately it really is that," said Schilling. "We'll see where we're at [Tuesday], and I'm hoping to throw quickly here and get back on the mound. They're getting together again at some point in the next day or two to reconvene and figure out what the schedule is."
Because Schilling is only eligible to make one start before the All-Star break, it might make more sense for the Red Sox to put him back in there at the start of the second half.
"I don't know, I really don't know," Francona said. "Trying not to give dates. Want him to go in and do his stuff and have the trainers come back and say, 'This is better, he's ready for this and ready to handle it.' That's kind of what we're shooting for. I think we've been pretty consistent at it all year trying to not set dates or look at the record, just try to do what's right."
As eager as Schilling is to pitch again, he agreed that he needs to avoid rushing back and risking further injury.
"It hasn't been that long," Schilling said. "If we're going to throw in the next couple of days, it wouldn't be a whole lot to get back to [the mound] and get it up and cranking. What we don't want to happen is to get back up and cranking real quickly and be right back where we were two weeks ago."
Musical Matsuzaka: No, Daisuke Matsuzaka is not about to become the next Bronson Arroyo. However, EMI Music Marketing announced Monday that there will be an upcoming CD with Matsuzaka's name on it.
The album, which will debut in stores on July 17, will be called "Music from the mound" from Red Sox pitcher Daisuke "Dice-K" Matsuzaka. However, it should be noted that Matsuzaka is not singing or playing instruments for any of the tracks. The CD is a compilation of Matsuzaka's favorite songs from various American, English and Japanese artists. An original track has also been created for the CD called "Gyro Ball."
A portion of the proceeds from all albums sold will go to the Red Sox Foundation, which is the team's official charity.
"I listen to both Japanese and English/American artists and I enjoy a wide variety of music, especially rock, hip hop and R&B," Matsuzaka said in a press release. "I am excited to share my favorite inspirational songs with everyone in Red Sox Nation and beyond."
"We are deeply honored by Daisuke's generosity in naming the Red Sox Foundation as the beneficiary of this terrific CD," said Red Sox chairman Tom Werner. "Now fans can learn another side of this extraordinary, talented man through his favorite songs."
Rotation alignment: With an off-day on Thursday, Francona will keep the rotation in-line and give everyone an extra day of rest the next time around the rotation. That sets up the seven-game homestand, which starts Friday, as follows: Tim Wakefield, Josh Beckett, Julian Tavarez and Kason Gabbard will start the four-game series against the Rangers. Matsuzaka, Wakefield and Beckett will pitch the three-game set against the Devil Rays.
"We're going to give everybody one more day," Francona said. "We've got no problem pitching Gabbard."
Speaking of Gabbard, he was in Seattle on Monday but did not attend the game. Gabbard, who pitches Tuesday night against the Mariners, isn't officially eligible to be with the team until he is recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket. Outfielder David Murphy was optioned back to Pawtucket after Mondays' game to open a spot for Gabbard.
Lugo still searching: Shortstop Julio Lugo came into Monday's game in the throes of an 0-for-26 slump which left his average at .193. He went 0-for-3 on Monday, dropping his average to .191.
"I thought in Atlanta he squared up five balls and I know he hit them in the air, but he actually, they were good swings," Francona said. "I think somebody asked me after the game and I said, 'As long as he doesn't deviate from that,' which is easy to do when you don't get rewarded.
"Then we got to San Diego and it kind of left him again. It's not been easy for him. I don't know if he's ever been through something like this. With his speed and with what he's done in the past, it's surprising to all of us. He is working and [hitting coach Dave Magadan] is beating his own head trying to get it figures out. We'll stay at it."
On deck: Gabbard will face Mariners right-hander Felix Hernandez (4-4, 4.00 ERA) in Tuesday's 10:05 p.m. ET contest.
Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.