BOSTON (AP) -Red Sox righty Curt Schilling threw 31 pitches in a two-inning simulated game Monday and pronounced himself ready to take the next step in his rehabilitation from shoulder tendinitis.
The 40-year-old Schilling will throw about 45 pitches in a rehab start for Triple-A Pawtucket on Saturday. He is then scheduled to travel with the PawSox to Toledo for his next outing five days later.
``I'm trying to get them to let me pitch as soon as possible,'' he said, half-joking, in the Boston clubhouse before Monday night's game against the Kansas City Royals. ``This is the part where we're going to start butting heads.''
Schilling was one out away from a no-hitter against Oakland on June 7, but he allowed 11 earned runs over 9 1-3 innings in his next two starts. He is 6-4 with a 4.20 ERA overall this season.
``He pitched some pretty good games this year,'' manager Terry Francona said. ``He just wasn't bouncing back the way we needed him to.''

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