Curt Schilling likely will make his season debut on April 13 against the Yankees, the Boston Red Sox ace said yesterday after pitching the equivalent of 8 1/3 innings in a minor league intrasquad game.
Schilling allowed one run, four hits, struck out eight and walked two. He threw 88 pitches, 64 for strikes. In the seventh inning, Schilling got seven outs before stopping for the day.
"The 13th is the day I think that we're shooting for now," he said. "I'm assuming that I can come off [the disabled list] right around then, and that's when I'll be ready to go."
Schilling was placed on the disabled list Friday, a move retroactive to March 26, making him eligible to pitch April 13. Yesterday was Schilling's third minor league start and the second time he'd played in a minor league intrasquad game.
AILING: The San Francisco Giants placed Barry Bonds on the 15-day disabled list as they finalized their roster for Opening Day. It is the third time the slugger has been on the DL in his career.
The move is retroactive to March 25. Bonds, who will begin his 20th major league season, is recovering from two operations on his troublesome right knee in a seven-week span, the latest on March 17. . . .
Kevin Brown will miss his first scheduled start of the season for the New York Yankees and could go on the disabled list because of a stiff back.
Brown went home to Macon, Ga., to work with his physical therapist and was to call General Manager Brian Cashman with a report. Jaret Wright will pitch in Brown's place on Friday against Baltimore at Yankee Stadium. . . .
New York Mets outfielder Mike Cameron has tendinitis in his left wrist and is day-to-day.
DEALS: The Oakland Athletics signed right-hander Rich Harden to a four-year, $9 million contract, a deal that includes a club option for 2009.
Harden, promoted to the number two spot in the rotation after the December departures of Tim Hudson and Mark Mulder, received a $1 million signing bonus. . . .
The Tigers traded left-hander Steve Colyer to the New York Mets for right-hander Matt Ginter.