FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -Curt Schilling took part in conditioning drills with Boston's pitchers and catchers on Friday. He even beat Tim Wakefield in a shuttle run.
But he's far behind the rest of the Red Sox in preparing for the season with a long shoulder rehabilitation expected to keep him out at least until the All-Star break.
His usual boisterousness at spring training workouts was missing.
``I thought he was quiet today,'' manager Terry Francona said. ``It's certainly understandable. Everybody wants to be on the field. This is one of the (most enjoyable) days of the camp for guys getting on the field for the first day.
``And he's going to have to be in the weight room doing his work.''
That didn't keep reporters and photographers from keeping a close eye on the 41-year-old right-hander. And it didn't keep Schilling from cautioning cameramen who hurried to record him when he walked off the field during the workout.
``I'm just going to the bathroom, guys, seriously,'' he said. ``I'm just going to the bathroom.''
first official workout for pitchers and catchers is Saturday. Some pitchers are scheduled to throw during the weekend.
Schilling is a long way from doing that.
``When you come to spring training knowing that you're not going to be ready by opening day, it's difficult,'' Wakefield said. ``It's difficult to come in here every day and go to rehab and do all that stuff.''
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