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Royals Transfer Gil Meche To 60-Day Disabled List, Could Return In Late July

The Royals originally put Gil Meche on the 15-day disabled list as of May 29.

Of course we know by now Meche hasn't returned to the Royals yet. He was expected to return after the All-Star break and has been feeling good after throwing simulated innings.

Now comes word that the Royals have transferred him to the 60-day disabled list. This would put his return at the end of July. It was more of a procedural move, according to Dick Kaegel of MLB.com.

A spot on the 40-man roster was needed for pitcher Henry Barrera, who was ending his injury rehabilitation assignment with Class A Wilmington and was reinstated from the 60-day disabled list on the Royals' roster. Barrera was optioned to Double-A Northwest Arkansas.

Are the Royals missing much without him? He's 0-4 with a devil-like 6.66 ERA so far this season in nine starts.

He's hoping to begin a minor league rehab assignment next week.

You can pretty much count this season as a waste for Meche.