|BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox rotation took another hit Wednesday when the team said ace Curt Schilling would be out at least two weeks with a bruise on his right ankle.|
General Manager Theo Epstein called the injury a "mild bone bruise" on the same ankle that Schilling had had surgically repaired during the offseason, but Epstein said the bruising was higher on that ankle. Still, team doctors believe the injuries are "indirectly related."
"That general area has been through a lot," Epstein said.
Schilling, 1-2 with a 7.13 ERA this season, began experiencing pain in the ankle the eighth inning of Saturday's loss at Tampa Bay, Epstein said.
The announcement came less than 24 hours after the team said left-hander David Wells would miss at least a month because of a sprained right foot.
"Having them both go down in 24 hours makes it dramatic," Epstein said. "But we can withstand that. ... It's that type of adversity that really defines a team."
Schilling will wear a removable boot on the ankle. The team did not say who would fill his spot in the rotation.
Schilling injured the ankle toward the end of last season, leading to his now-legendary "bloody sock" performances during the team's World Series run last year. He had surgery after the season to repair a ruptured tendon sheath.
Epstein said he didn't think Schilling rushed through his rehabilitation.
"His ankle felt fantastic (during spring training)," the GM said. "His ankle felt 100 percent. This was unforeseen."
The losses of Schilling and Wells leaves the Red Sox with just three members of their season-opening starting rotation -- Matt Clement, Tim Wakefield and Bronson Arroyo.
Wade Miller, who is working his way back from a frayed rotator cuff, was scheduled to make a rehabilitation start for Triple-A Pawtucket on Thursday. But he's not expected to return to Boston's rotation until mid-May, Epstein said.