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Schilling shoulder surgery successful

June 23, 2008 at 9:37 PM

BOSTON, June 23 (UPI) -- Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling had successful right shoulder surgery Monday, his physician said.

Dr. Craig Morgan told the Boston Globe the procedure went as planned.

The right-hander is expected to wear a sling for three weeks. Schilling's long-term prognosis with respect to pitching is less clear and there is no timetable for his return, the newspaper said.

Morgan told the Globe Schilling had a small tear of the rotator cuff, which was repaired with a single stitch. Morgan said he also repaired a labrum tear.

He said the most pressing issue was a diseased biceps tendon. He said he performed the planned biceps tenodesis surgery -- in which the biceps is moved outside the shoulder into a hole in the bone.

Schilling has been on the disabled list all season, and there is a chance he may never pitch again.