Luke Hochevar RP KC 3 months ago

Hochevar (elbow) was activated from the DL prior to Thursday's game, the Kansas City Star's Andy McCullough reports.

He will take Brandon Finnegan's place in the Royals' bullpen and only figures to add another dominant arm to what may be the best bullpen in baseball. Hochevar was able to touch 95-96 with his heater during his rehab, and while he almost certainly won't notch any saves, his ratios and strikeouts could be usable in deeper leagues.

Luke Hochevar RP KC 4 months ago

Hochevar (elbow) is tentatively scheduled for a mid-May return, the Kansas City Star reports.

Hochevar is now 13 months removed from Tommy John surgery, but has opened the season on the disabled list while continuing to work through the final stages of the recovery process. When he does return, the right-hander will likely begin at Triple-A Omaha, where the club hopes he'll gradually build up arm strength. Kansas City still plans on getting use out of the reliever in 2015, but the exact date of his projected call up to the majors remains a mystery.

Luke Hochevar RP KC 4 months ago

Hochevar (elbow) was placed on the 15-day DL Sunday.

Hochevar is expected to be out until at least may, so the move to the disabled list will free up a roster spot for another bullpen arm. The right-hander is just over a year removed from Tommy John surgery, but Kansas City will continue to take it slow with his recovery. He could prove to be another valuable weapon out of the pen down the stretch.

Luke Hochevar RP KC 4 months ago

Hochevar (elbow) will start the season on the disabled list and may be out until at least May, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports.

The news doesn't come as much of a surprise as manager Ned Yost had already mentioned Hochevar was likely to begin the year on the DL, but it was confirmed Tuesday. While it's possible the 31-year-old will rejoin the team at some point in April, Yost indicated he was more hopeful for a return some time around the start of May.

Luke Hochevar RP KC 4 months ago

Manager Ned Yost reiterated Thursday that Hochevar is likely to start the season on the DL, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports.

This news is nothing new, as it only furthers the notion that Hochevar will need a couple more weeks to fully recover from his elbow injury. "Odds are, he's going to start the year on the DL," Yost said. "But we haven't cemented that decision." Yost is still leaving the door open for Hochevar to start the season on the roster, but at this point that still seems unlikely.

Luke Hochevar RP KC 4 months ago

Hochevar (elbow) is unlikely to be ready for Opening Day, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports.

Hochevar pitcher in Monday's game against the Indians and will receive the next three days off. While his recovery is progressing as anticipated, the team is not rushing him back, and he likely won't be ready until shortly after the regular season begins.

Luke Hochevar RP KC 5 months ago

Hochevar's elbow felt good following a throwing session Tuesday, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports.

Hochevar's injury could carry over into the regular season, but it appears he is making progress towards his return. Manager Ned Yost indicated that Hochevar's return date would likely come soon after the beginning of the season at the latest. With the latest progress, it's still conceivable he'll be ready for Opening Day, though a timetable should become more clear in the future.

Luke Hochevar RP KC 5 months ago

Hochevar (elbow) could start the year on the DL, the Kansas City Star's Andy McCullough reports.

Ned Yost said that if Hochevar is not ready for the start of the season, he should be ready soon after, so we should see him pitching out of the Royals bullpen by mid-to-late April at the latest. He could be the next excellent Royals reliever, but Hochevar will only offer strong ratios and strikeouts, given the list of names ahead of him in the pecking order for saves.

Luke Hochevar RP KC 8 months ago

Hochevar re-signed with the Royals on a two-year, $10 million contract Wednesday, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports.

With the Royals facing the threat of losing one of their stud relievers (Greg Holland, Wade Davis) due to their escalating cost, the team decided to buy low in re-signing Hochevar, who missed all of 2014 following Tommy John surgery. The former No. 1 overall pick had been sensational upon converting to relief the season prior, however, contributing a 1.92 ERA, 0.82 WHIP and 82 strikeouts in 70.1 innings. He's expected to be ready to pitch around the start of spring training.

Luke Hochevar RP KC 11 months ago

Hochevar (elbow) played catch for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery in March, and hopes to pitch off a mound by January, Andy McCullough of The Kansas City Star reports.

Hochevar has been sidelined for all of 2014 after he tore his UCL in March, but he is hopeful that he'll be ready by the beginning of the 2015 season. Throwing is an encouraging first step, but he has a long way to go in rehabbing to be able to return by April.