Curt Schilling: Red Sox broached using PEDs in 2008

Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling throws out the first pitch of game five of the American League Championship Series against the Tampa Bay Rays during the 2008 MLB playoffs at Fenway Park on October 16, 2008 in Boston, Massachusetts.
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Former Red Sox ace Curt Schilling said that in 2008 "former members of the organization" broached the possibility of using performance-enhancing drugs to help him recover from an injury near the end of his career.

In an interview with ESPN Radio's Colin Cowherd on Wednesday, Schilling said he was caught off guard by the conversation, which he says occurred while he was trying to recover from shoulder surgery.

"At the end of my career, in 2008 when I had gotten hurt, there was a conversation that I was involved in, in which it was brought to my attention that this is a potential path I might want to pursue," said Schilling, who did not end up pitching in 2008.

The three-time World Series champion who retired in 2009 did not identify which members of the team raised the issue of PEDs.

"It was an incredibly uncomfortable conversation," he added. "Because it came up in the midst of a group of people. The other people weren't in the conversation but they could clearly hear the conversation. And it was suggested to me that at my age and in my situation, why not? What did I have to lose? Because if I wasn't going to get healthy, it didn't matter. And if I did get healthy, great."

Schilling -- whose video game company underwent a spectacular collapse into bankruptcy last year -- is eligible for the 2013 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot.