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Mariners’ Meche May Be Out for Year

August 29, 2000

SEATTLE (AP) _ Gil Meche, who came out of a rehabilitation start at Class A Everett after one inning, probably will not pitch again this season, Seattle Mariners manager Lou Piniella said Monday night.

``I think we’ll probably shut him down for the rest of the year,″ Piniella said. ``His arm feels real tired and real heavy. We had to shut him down last night.″

Meche lasted only one inning in Sunday’s minor league game.

Meche, 21, was supposed to be a mainstay in the Mariners’ rotation this season, but has been limited to 15 starts. He has been on the disabled list twice this season with a strained right shoulder.

Meche made his last start for the Mariners July 4 in Anaheim, going 5 2-3 innings in a 7-6 loss. He was put on the DL July 31.

Piniella had hoped to add him to his rotation in September.

``It was a little bit of a longshot for us,″ he said.

Piniella said Meche told Mariners officials he had similar shoulder problems before he signed with the team in 1996. It was diagnosed as tendinitis then.

Meche has a 4-4 record with a 3.78 ERA in 85 2-3 innings for the Mariners this season. As a rookie with Seattle last season, he was 8-4 with a 4.73 ERA in 15 starts after being called up in July.

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