Luke Hochevar RP KC 2 Days

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 4 Days

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 3 Months

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 6 Months

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 9 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 11 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 12 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 12 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 12 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 Dec 14 '79

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.