Luke Hochevar RP KC 1 Month

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.

Luke Hochevar RP KC 4 Months

Luke Hochevar (elbow) hopes to resume throwing in September.

Hochevar underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery in mid-March. The 30-year-old setup man might be ready for Opening Day 2015. He had a fantastic 2013, posting a 1.92 ERA, 0.83 WHIP, and 82/17 K/BB ratio in 70 1/3 innings.

Luke Hochevar RP KC 7 Months

Royals placed RHP Luke Hochevar on the 15-day disabled list after undergoing Tommy John surgery on March 16.

Hochevar is out for the year, so the DL move is just a formality. He'll likely be moved to the 60-day disabled list at some point later this season. Hochevar is aiming to be back sometime shortly after the start of the 2015 season.

Luke Hochevar RP KC 7 Months

Luke Hochevar will undergo his Tommy John surgery on Tuesday.

The well-respected Dr. Neal ElAttrache will perform the procedure. The right-hander will miss the entirety of the 2014 season and potentially some of the 2015 campaign as well depending on his recovery process.

Luke Hochevar RP KC 8 Months

Royals manager Ned Yost announced Friday that Luke Hochevar will undergo Tommy John surgery.

It's unfortunate but also the right decision, as Hochevar had little chance of successfully pitching through a sprained ulnar collateral ligament. The Royals' bullpen is deep, but losing Hochevar hurts after he dominated in relief last year with a 1.92 ERA while striking out 82 over 70 1/3 innings. It's also poor timing for the pitcher, as Hochevar will be a free agent this winter. He'll now likely have to settle for an incentive-laden, one-year deal.

Luke Hochevar RP KC 8 Months

Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports that Royals manager Ned Yost on Friday sounded "more resigned" to Luke Hochevar needing Tommy John surgery.

Hochevar is dealing with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament and was set to receive a second opinion from Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Thursday. The initial thought was that he'd rehab it and attempt to pitch through it, which would surely be the Royals' preference since he's a free agent after this season. However, having the operation now would give Hochevar a shot to be ready for most, if not all, of next season.

Luke Hochevar RP KC 8 Months

Luke Hochevar will receive a second opinion on his right elbow Thursday from Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles.

Hochevar was diagnosed with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament and has been shut down for at least two weeks. It looks like he'll attempt to rehab the injury before considering the possibility of Tommy John surgery, but he's also going to get another opinion on his injury.

Luke Hochevar RP KC 8 Months

Luke Hochevar has been shut down for at least two weeks due to a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.

Luke Hochevar RP KC 9 Months

Royals avoided arbitration with RHP Luke Hochevar by agreeing to a one-year, $5.21 million contract.

Hochevar, who was arbitration-eligible for a final time, can also earn an additional $400,000 based on games finished or started. The right-hander thrived in a full-time move to the bullpen in 2013, holding a 1.92 ERA while striking out 82 over 70 1/3 innings.

Luke Hochevar RP KC 11 Months

Royals manager Ned Yost said Monday that Luke Hochevar and Wade Davis will get long looks for the final two rotation spots during spring training.

Of course, that's assuming the Royals don't add any more starters this winter. Hochevar enjoyed great success out of the bullpen this past season while Davis really struggled as a starter, so it's hardly an ideal scenario. Yost acknowledged that things could change if Danny Duffy, Yordano Ventura or Kyle Zimmer are "lights out" in the spring.