BOSTON (CBS) – Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling has taken a leave from ESPN to deal with ongoing “business issues.”

Mike Solyts, the Vice President of Communications at ESPN, said Schilling will likely “return on air later this season.”

“We mutually agreed w/CurtSchilling to take a leave as he works thru his business issues,” Solyts said in the Tweet.

Schilling’s 38 Studios filed for bankruptcy earlier in June, one month after the video game company laid off its entire workforce. Just two years ago, the company was lured to Rhode Island with a $75 million state loan guarantee.

“This action comes after several weeks when the company has reviewed, considered and received the recommendations and advice with respect to potential avenues for relief that are currently available. After ongoing negotiations with the State of Rhode Island and potential investors and other interested parties, the Company has been unable to find a solution to the current stalemate,” the company said in a statement soon after the bankruptcy filing.

Schilling himself is facing a lawsuit from Citizen’s Bank for failing to pay back $2.4 million.

The 45-year-old joined ESPN as a baseball analyst before the 2010 season. He last pitched for the Red Sox in 2007.


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