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Originally published July 30, 2005 at 12:00 AM | Page modified July 30, 2005 at 12:13 AM

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M's notebook: Meche says his shoulder is fine

Gil Meche woke up yesterday and proclaimed himself fine. The Mariners pitcher was pulled from Thursday's start against Cleveland after a...

Seattle Times staff reporter

Gil Meche woke up yesterday and proclaimed himself fine.

The Mariners pitcher was pulled from Thursday's start against Cleveland after a season-low three innings because of tightness in the front of his right shoulder.

He said he felt a "pressure" there while warming up. It affected his pitches, but he kept quiet and hoped it would loosen up during the game.

Before he went to sleep Thursday night, he said the shoulder was still "a little achy."

"I would have been worried if something was off this [Friday] morning," Meche said.

Meche is taking anti-inflammatory medication and yesterday participated in exercises with team trainers. He plans to play catch today and throw off a mound tomorrow.

He said he's on target for his next start, scheduled for Wednesday in Detroit.

"We have an extra day off [Monday], and it won't make me feel like I have to rush anything," Meche said.

Finally dealing?

After two days of moves within the organization, the Mariners appear poised to turn their attention outward. It's very likely that one or more trades could come to fruition today or tomorrow before the trade deadline.

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The Mariners player other teams have mentioned most often is left-handed reliever Ron Villone. The Mariners have recently had give-and-take discussions with the Florida Marlins, San Francisco Giants and Houston Astros.

The Mariners also appear to be talking to Cleveland and the Los Angeles Angels.

The two other players who are most likely to be moved are left-hander Jamie Moyer and outfielder Randy Winn. The team appears extremely reluctant to part with Raul Ibanez and Eddie Guardado.

It's possible one of the deals could be for a player to be named later.

Borders cut loose

Catcher Pat Borders was designated for assignment before last night's game against Cleveland, which means the Mariners have 10 days to trade or release him. The 42-year-old veteran was batting .197 with the team in 39 games this season.

Wiki Gonzalez, 31, was called up from Class AAA Tacoma to take the empty roster spot and started last night.

"[Pat] was very appreciative of the opportunity we gave him to play," Mariners manager Mike Hargrove said. "He didn't hit like he wanted to, or we would have liked for him to. But he did what we wanted, which was to settle the staff and help Miguel [Olivo] and his catching."

Borders has two sons who are playing in a Little League championship tournament this weekend in Lake Wales, Fla. He has been in touch with them by phone, and this could be the perfect opportunity to go home and see them play.

Hargrove also said Borders is "certainly capable" of a coaching role.

"I think he would like to do that at some point in time," Hargrove said. "I don't think he's ready for it right now."

Gonzalez is making his second appearance with Seattle this season. He played four games in May before going on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring.

Note

• Hargrove will continue to shuffle the middle infield. He plans to start Yuniesky Betancourt at shortstop today. Betancourt is a top shortstop prospect who played second base in his major-league debut Thursday.

Willie Bloomquist will start at second today, Hargrove said.

Times staff reporter Bob Finnigan contributed to this report.

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