My brother David thinks Curt Schilling is done for good. he's not scheduled to come back until the All-Star break and he is really old and since -- unlike Clemens and Pettitte -- we have no reason to think he's cheating, then it is about time for a pitcher in his 40s to fade into the sunset. Still, he has no basis for this.
On the other hand, he is right when he points out that the Boston Red Sox have a brutal schedule to kick off the season. They fly to Japan and play two exhibition matches and two season openers against Oakland. Then they fly to LA and play three games against the Dodgers. Technically, they have a day off for travel but given how far they have to go, I'd say they don't have any rest. Then they get a day off and play Oakland again. Another day off and three against Toronto. Another day off and then it really gets ugly. They have their home opener against a very tough looking Detroit, which kicks off 20 straight games at home and away, including two matchups against the Yankees. After flying to Japan, that's brutal. And with Schilling unavailable, here's hoping for an awful start from an exhausted Boston Red Sox team.