Meche leaves Monday's start with shoulder stiffness

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Gil Meche headshot.jpgGil Meche, who was limited to just 23 starts last season due to a lower back injury and shoulder fatigue, left Monday’s start against the White Sox after three innings due to a stiff right shoulder.

Meche did his best to downplay the situation after the game, but what he told Dick Kaegel of MLB.com didn’t sound particularly optimistic:

“They checked me out, the shoulder’s strong but the tightness is there. I
don’t feel real strong when I’m pitching,” he said.

“So I just kept working through it and after the third inning, it was
like well, I’ve had enough. I didn’t want to keep going, I felt like I
was getting stiffer in a way, I’m not throwing any good pitches. Just
take it easy on this one and then see what happens my next one.”

Meche, 31, was 6-10 with a 5.09 ERA and 1.57 WHIP last season. Signed to a five-year, $55 million contract in December of 2006, he is set to earn $24 million over the next two seasons.