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Curt Schilling Has Lesion Removed

March 18, 1998

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) _ Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Curt Schilling had a white lesion in the mouth surgically removed last Thursday in Clearwater by a local periodontist, the team announced Tuesday.

Schilling discovered the lesion, which was caused by smokeless tobacco, on March 8 during his yearly team physical. If not treated, lesions can became cancerous.

Schilling was unavailable for comment, but manager Terry Francona said his opening day starter promised to give up smokeless tobacco immediately.

``I know it’s easier said than done, but if you saw Schill talking to me about it you’d know he’s serious about quitting,″ Francona said.

Meanwhile, the Phillies on Tuesday trimmed their roster to 39 by sending outfielders Jon Zuber and Darrin Buston and pitcher Tom Uchiyama to their minor-league camp.