A cranky back had been a problem in Spring Training and sporadically during the season. Did his back feel OK?
"Well, I guess," Meche said. "The first few innings aren't ever really an issue. It's just as the game goes along -- getting up, sitting down, getting hot -- I might have to find different things to do between innings to stay as long as I can."
At any rate, Meche says he's on track for his start on Wednesday night against the Indians.
After lasting 4 1/3 innings and giving up five runs to Baltimore in Thursday night's 9-5 loss, Meche complained not about his back but about fatigue. He changed his workout routine to combat that.
"I've pretty much busted my butt this week, running a lot," he said. "I think it'll just take a little bit of time for my legs to build up to where they need to be just to help out as much as possible, because in Spring Training, I didn't run a lot, just for the fact of my back and I hadn't done it at all for the first month, month and a half. And to throw a lot of pitches, your legs have got to be underneath you all the time, and if they're not, it could cause other problems, which could be a factor, too."
Meche, Kansas City's Opening Day starter, has a 2-4 record and a 4.60 ERA in eight starts.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.