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Gil Meche | Relief Pitcher

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (39) / 9/8/1978
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 214
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
Drafted: 1996 / Rd. 1 (22) / SEA

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Gil Meche said in a statement Tuesday that his decision to retire was based on the need for more surgery on his right shoulder.
"As a competitor my entire life this is the hardest decision that I've ever faced, but it's not fair to me, my family or the Kansas City Royals that I attempt to pitch anymore," the 32-year-old wrote in a statement. "I came into this game as a starting pitcher and unfortunately my health, more accurately, my shoulder, has deteriorated to the point where surgery would be the only option and at this stage of my life." He is leaving $12 million on the table. Tue, Jan 18, 2011 01:09:00 PM

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Gil Meche has announced his retirement from the game of baseball.

A major surprise, given that his salary this season would have been a whopping $12 million. The 32-year-old Meche did not give an exact reason for his sudden retirement, but it might have something to do with his chronic shoulder problems. He made only nine starts last season and tallied only 61 2/3 innings of work while posting an ugly 5.67 ERA and 1.67 WHIP.
Tue, Jan 18, 2011 12:51:00 PM

Royals activated RHP Gil Meche from the 60-day disabled list.

Meche hasn't appeared in a major league game since May 25 due to lingering shoulder problems. He has scaled back his expectations for September and will return in middle relief. Meche gave up one run over 4 2/3 innings in three appearances out of the bullpen with Triple-A Omaha. The Royals still have him under contract for $12 million next season.
Wed, Sep 1, 2010 12:59:00 PM

Gil Meche (shoulder) is expected to join the Royals' bullpen this week.

Meche has allowed one run and two hits in 4 2/3 innings at Triple-A Omaha since beginning a minor league rehab assignment last week. He will pitch in a middle relief role for the remainder of the season.
Mon, Aug 30, 2010 10:11:00 AM

Gil Meche (shoulder) is expected to begin a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Omaha on Sunday.

Meche tossed a final successful simulated game on Wednesday afternoon. "Gil threw very well and had very live stuff," Royals manager Ned Yost said afterward. The righty is aiming for an early September return.
Wed, Aug 18, 2010 09:06:00 PM

Royals manager Ned Yost was impressed from what he saw from Gil Meche (shoulder) in his latest throwing session Wednesday.

"Meche threw today and I thought he looked good last time but he looked twice as good this time," Yost said. "He had a real hard, tight breaking ball, nice cutter, good fastball. Command was off a little bit but he threw really well so he's getting closer." Meche, who hasn't pitched since late-May, decided to put off shoulder surgery in hopes of returning as a reliever later this season.
Fri, Aug 13, 2010 12:44:00 PM

Gil Meche (shoulder) threw a successful simulated game on Monday.

It's a big step. "He probably threw 30 pitches," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "It was a sim-type game where the hitters didn't know what was coming, and he threw the ball very well." Meche, 31, is hoping to return to the club as a reliever near the end of August or in early September.
Tue, Aug 10, 2010 10:21:00 AM

Gil Meche (shoulder) threw a successful bullpen session Friday.

"I have better arm speed, the ball is jumping out of my hand and I'm throwing all my pitches," Meche said. "I've just got to keep going and I'll get in there soon." He's hoping to return as a reliever in September.
Sat, Aug 7, 2010 11:08:00 PM

Gil Meche won't have shoulder surgery after all and will instead start a rehab program that he hopes will have him ready to pitch in the bullpen in September.

Doctors have told Meche that if he did have surgery, he would miss the entire 2011 season and it's possible it could be career-threatening. "For me, starting pitching is not an option for me," Meche said. "I’m going to pitch in the bullpen and see if my shoulder can handle it. As far as the endurance and stress, my shoulder can’t do it." The odds of this working are probably long, but we're rooting for Meche to pull it off.
Sun, Aug 1, 2010 03:40:00 PM

A source tells Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse that Gil Meche will need season-ending shoulder surgery.

Meche tossed four scoreless inning in his first minor league rehab start with for Double-A Northwest Arkansas last week, but was torched for seven runs over four innings for Triple-A Omaha on Monday night. The 31-year-old right-hander hasn't pitched in the majors since May 25 due to right shoulder bursitis.
Tue, Jul 27, 2010 05:23:00 PM

Gil Meche (shoulder) was tagged for seven runs over four innings in his second minor league rehab start with Triple-A Omaha on Monday.

Meche allowed eight hits -- including four doubles -- while walking two and striking out just one, but the Royals are more focused on his health. "You're looking at the way that he feels," said Royals manager Ned Yost. "The numbers are kind of secondary. You go on how he feels and the way that his elbow reacts and the way that his shoulder reacts and go from there." It's safe to say he'll need at least a couple more rehab starts before being activated from the DL.
Mon, Jul 26, 2010 10:28:00 PM

Gil Meche (shoulder) is scheduled to make a second minor league rehab start Monday at Triple-A Omaha.

Meche will throw between 70-80 pitches and could rejoin the Royals soon after if he looks sharp. He tossed four scoreless innings in his first rehab start last week at Double-A Northwest Arkansas. The 31-year-old right-hander has been out of commission since May 29 due to right shoulder bursitis.
Mon, Jul 26, 2010 09:46:00 AM

Gil Meche (shoulder) tossed four scoreless innings in his first minor league rehab start with Double-A Northwest Arkansas on Wednesday.

Meche allowed two hits while striking out three and walking three. He threw 42 out of 69 pitches for strikes, using only his fastball and changeup. The results were fine, but it was no surprise to see that his control was a little off given that it was his first game action in almost two months. He'll likely need a few more rehab starts before returning from the DL sometime next month.
Thu, Jul 22, 2010 09:09:00 AM

Gil Meche (shoulder) will begin a minor league rehab assignment with Double-A Northwest Arkansas on Wednesday.

Royals manager Ned Yost said Meche will have a pitch count of 40-60 pitches. The veteran right-hander hasn't even used his curveball during his bullpen sessions, so this will likely be the first of multiple rehab starts. Don't count on seeing Meche until sometime next month.
Tue, Jul 20, 2010 12:11:00 AM

Gil Meche (shoulder) could have a rehab start as early as Wednesday.

Meche will play catch, long-toss and throw a side session today. If that goes well, he'll probably join Double-A Northwest Arkansas for a rehab start Wednesday. Since he's missed so much time, the right-hander will need multiple rehab starts before rejoining the Royals. He has also yet to throw his curveball because it causes him pain. We almost surely won't see Meche until sometime in August.
Sun, Jul 18, 2010 10:37:00 AM

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