Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling was standing in the clubhouse at Fenway Park early in the 2008 season when a member of the team’s medical staff suggested he try human growth hormone.
The righthander was dealing with a shoulder injury at the time and was on the disabled list.
“There were a few people around and I was shocked,” Schilling said on Thursday. “After this person left, I turned to a teammate and said, ‘Can you believe that?’ ”
Schilling reported the incident to Theo Epstein, then the team’s general manager. Epstein informed Major League Baseball and an investigation took place.
“We take any report like this seriously and there was an investigation,” said MLB vice president Pat Courtney.
Courtney would not say what the outcome of the investigation was, saying it was a matter between the Red Sox and that employee. That person no longer works for the team.
Schilling said several investigators from MLB came to Boston to speak to him.
“I don’t remember who they were. I was trying to downplay the whole thing because I wasn’t playing at the time and I didn’t want to cause any problems in the clubhouse,” Schilling said. “Had I known Theo was going to report it to MLB, I would have never said anything. I was kind of mad that he had to do that.”
Schilling would not identify the person other than to say it was not former medical director Thomas Gill or former head athletic trainer Paul Lessard.
Schilling said he was not tempted to use the drug despite dealing with an injury that would eventually require career-ending surgery.
“I have sons and it wasn’t something I was going to do, to take that step,” he said. “I said something at the time because I was worried about younger players.”
Courtney said MLB planned to speak to Schilling again to make sure the incident he is speaking of now is the same one he reported then.
“It is,” Schilling said.