"I've been hit a lot on the mound, but that was the worst," Meche said. "I wanted to scream. I walked off the mound with my head down. I actually was screaming a little bit. It was just excruciating pain."Meche said the ball off Tomko's leg hit the ground first. "It still hurt him," Meche said. Both pitchers did not sit down in the dugout after being struck. "If I would have sat, it would have tightened," Meche said and he might not have been able to last three more innings. Neither pitcher is expected to miss a start. Meche threw on the side on Sunday. Meche is 0-2 with a 7.13 ERA in three starts, while Tomko is 1-1 with a 2.08 ERA in three games, two of them starts. "We've got a ball magnet on us right now on the mound," Royals manager Trey Hillman said. "Hopefully, we can get that off of us."
Alan Eskew is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.