UPDATE: MLB reportedly will investigate Curt Schilling’s claim that Red Sox urged him to use PEDs
UPDATE: HardballTalk.com’s Craig Calcaterra reports a Major League Baseball source said the league will investigate Curt Schillings claim yesterday that a Red Sox employee told him he should use performance-enhancing drugs to help recover from a shoulder injury in 2008.
Curt Schilling said in an interview with ESPN Radio on Wednesday that members of the Boston Red Sox urged him to use performance enhancing drugs in 2008, the last year of his career in which he never ended up playing because of shoulder surgery before spring training.
Schilling, 46, said the conversations took place in the clubhouse and that members of the Red Sox organization, who are no longer there, had said to him that the PEDs might be a path he should pursue because he had nothing to lose at that point in his career.
Schilling called the discussion an “incredibly uncomfortable conversation” and said it could be overheard by a number of his teammates:
“At the end of my career, in 2008 when I had gotten hurt, there was a conversation that I was involved in, in which it was brought to my attention that this is a potential path I might want to pursue. [I]t was an incredibly uncomfortable conversation. Because it came up in the midst of a group of people. The other people weren’t in the conversation but they could clearly hear the conversation. And it was suggested to me that at my age and in my situation, why not? What did I have to lose? Because if I wasn’t going to get healthy, it didn’t matter. And if I did get healthy, great…It caught me off guard, to say the least. That was an awkward situation.”
Schilling officially retired in March 2009 after a career in which he was a six-time All-Star and three-time World Series champion including one World Series MVP in 2001.