Braves' Chipper Jones said last night he thinks Curt Schilling may be hurt because Jones has never seen him pitch so poorly. Schilling didn't deny it completely, either.
"The fastball that I saw register the highest was 89, and that was with the bases loaded," Jones said. "Schill always had that innate ability to catch another gear when he needs it, and for me to only see 89 miles an hour tells me, you know, he might be hurt. I don't know."
Schilling didn't explicitly dismiss that suggestion. Asked about his health, he said, "Like I said, it's not any one thing. I struggled, at least the last two starts, it's terrible. I'm better than that. It's frustrating."
An injury would certainly explain how poorly Schilling has pitched in his last two outings. Could it be a leg thing? Maybe his hamstring is acting up? Schilling gets all his power from his legs, so maybe that's why his fastball was lower than normal last night.
I'm sure we'll get more answers once Schilling posts on his blog, 38 Pitches.
[editor's note, by Randy Booth] Extra Bases is reporting via WEEI that Schilling was sent back to Boston today for a precautionary MRI.