Schilling getting better with age

Originally Published: January 17, 2005
By Rob Neyer | ESPN Insider
What can we expect from Curt Schilling in 2005? He says his bum, once-bloody ankle will be ready for Opening Day against the Yankees. He's making no promises for his arm, though, which might not be ready until the middle of April. But Schilling, once plagued by injuries, has averaged 31 starts per season over the last five seasons, and seems a pretty good bet to start something like 30 games in 2005.

Curt Schilling
Getty ImageSchilling silenced the Yankees, Mystique and Aura – all while pitching on a bum ankle.
Which is good news for the Red Sox, since Schilling is now, for the first time since he pitched for the Phillies, quite obviously his team's ace.