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Spasms could put Schilling on sidelines

Phillies ace Curt Schilling had another setback Wednesday when he was unable to throw off the mound as scheduled because of muscle spasms.

Schilling, who had a cortisone shot this week to ease the effects of tendinitis and mild rotator cuff swelling, plans to try to throw today. If he experiences pain, team doctor Michael Ciccotti will consider shutting him down indefinitely.

"If he's not able to throw the way he normally would two days before a start, then that's enough," Ciccotti said.

Schilling, whose streak of 117 starts ended July 28 because of biceps tendinitis, was supposed to pitch off the mound Wednesday. He had spasms in his neck and behind his shoulder blades while playing catch and cut the session short.

Meanwhile, Scott Boras, agent for Cardinals OF J.D. Drew, said the Phillie Phanatic crossed the line between entertainment and bad taste by placing bags of money on the Veterans Stadium playing surface to herald Drew's arrival Monday. Drew's Philadelphia debut rekindled hard feelings among Phillies fans angered over his 1997 holdout.

_ TIMES WIRES

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