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Royals P Gil Meche Throws Three Simulated Innings, Rehab Is Promising

Royals pitcher Gil Meche had set his sights on returning to the team after the All-Star break. It appears that will be happening.

On Sunday he threw three simulated innings and felt no pain afterward, according to Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star.

“Everybody is really pleased by what they see,” he said, “and I feel great. My shoulder is fine, but I’m still waiting to see my pinpoint location. If I can pitch pain-free, I can make it happen.”

He didn't throw any curveballs because he felt some elbow pain -- different from the shoulder bursitis -- after throwing them last week.

On Friday, he'll throw four simulated innings and then the Royals will reevaluate where he stands.