Meche, September callups
Meche was expected to be activated from the 15-day DL (patellar tendinitis, right knee) this week, but he had a setback while throwing. Great quote: “He said his shoulder felt funny.” — Mike Hargrove.
It’s possible Meche’s shoulder has been bugging him for some time now, and it’s also possible he changed his mechanics due to the knee problem and it put some new stress on his shoulder (or some combination of the two). In any event, I would not be surprised at all if he’s done for the year as a precautionary measure.
In the same article, the Times reports that Soriano and Atchison will be up from Tacoma this week. Finnigan speculates others will be Shin-soo Choo, Ramon Santiago (?!) and Rene Rivera. He also says Bucky Jacobsen is likely not among the first wave. The PI, however, says that after Soriano and Atchison, the M’s are likely to leave both Tacoma’s and San Antonio’s untouched through the minor league playoffs.
Finally, Tacoma starter Bobby Livingston posted the following line last night: 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 14 K. He’s now 6-2 for the Rainiers with a 4.70 ERA, in what has been an up-and-down stint since being promoted from San Antonio.