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Luke Hochevar | Relief Pitcher

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (30) / 9/15/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 225
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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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. Mar 29 - 5:25 PM

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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.
Mar 16 - 4:15 PM

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. Hochevar should have a shot to be ready for the beginning of the 2015 season.
Mar 7 - 2:08 PM

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.
Mar 7 - 10:55 AM

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.
Mar 5 - 3:20 PM

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

Uh oh. The Royals are hoping that Hochevar will be able to return by the end of May, but Tommy John surgery could be a possibility if he fails to make progress. This obviously puts an end to his chances of returning to the rotation and puts Yordano Ventura in good position to win the fifth spot. While the injury is a tough break for Hochevar coming off a dominant season and going into his walk year, the Royals still have good depth in their bullpen.
Mar 5 - 10:40 AM

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.
Jan 17 - 1:16 PM

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.
Mon, Dec 9, 2013 04:18:00 PM

Royals recalled RHP Luke Hochevar from the paternity leave list.

Hochevar has been away from the team since Sunday. He returns to a 1.93 ERA over 44 appearances this season.
Wed, Aug 28, 2013 03:56:00 PM

Royals placed RHP Luke Hochevar on the paternity leave list.

He'll be away from the big club for a few days while his wife gives birth. Will Smith has taken Hochevar's spot on the roster.
Sun, Aug 25, 2013 11:52:00 AM

Luke Hochevar picked up his second save after allowing one run in 1 1/3 innings against the Red Sox on Thursday.

It was 3-0 after 7 1/2 and Greg Holland was surely on the way to end the game, but the Royals scored twice in the bottom of the eighth and manager Ned Yost decided to stick with Hochevar. Hochevar went on to give up a run in the ninth, getting Holland active again, but he then induced a game-ending double-play ball from Mike Napoli.
Thu, Aug 8, 2013 11:08:00 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Red Sox have been scouting Luke Hochevar.

He notes that the Sox "have not engaged in trade discussions with the Royals" at this point. Still, it's not a surprise that they're interest, as Boston is on the lookout for relief help and Hochevar has thrived in a bullpen role, posting a 2.00 ERA and 38/10 K/BB ratio over 36 frames. He's making $4.65 million this season before hitting free agency this winter.
Tue, Jul 23, 2013 07:21:00 PM

Royals manager Ned Yost said that Luke Hochevar is "going to get the opportunity" to prove he can be the team's setup man.

The Royals thought they had an elite setup man coming into the year in Kelvin Herrera, but he's struggled so badly that he's been sent down twice. Aaron Crow has also been less than reliable, clearing the way for Hochevar to get a shot. The former starter has taken well to a relief role, posting a 2.16 ERA, 0.84 WHIP and 35/9 K/BB ratio over 33 1/3 innings.
Thu, Jul 4, 2013 06:14:00 PM

Luke Hochevar twirled three innings of one-run ball Monday against the Angels to record his first career save.

Hochevar took over in the seventh for Royals starter Luis Mendoza with a 10-3 lead. He struck out four, didn't walk a batter and allowed three hits. A bust as a starter, Hochevar may be resurrecting his career out of the 'pen, using a mid-90s heater and sick cutter to post a 1.17 ERA, 0.85 WHIP and 17/3 K/BB rate over 15 1/3 innings. He's not a threat for saves in KC, yet, but fantasy owners should monitor the talented right-hander's progress.
Tue, May 14, 2013 03:04:00 AM

Luke Hochevar has put up a 1.04 ERA and 11/3 K/BB ratio over 8 2/3 innings out of the bullpen this season.

Hochevar never put it all together as a starter, but he might have found a home in the bullpen. The righty's fastball is sitting in the mid-90s in relief, and he's also showing a nasty cutter. Hochevar is down the pecking order for saves in a loaded Royals bullpen, but it's looking like he'll be a weapon for them.
Fri, May 3, 2013 11:48:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Salvador Perez
2Brett Hayes
1B1Eric Hosmer
2B1Omar Infante
SS1Alcides Escobar
3B1Mike Moustakas
2Danny Valencia
LF1Alex Gordon
CF1Lorenzo Cain
2Jarrod Dyson
RF1Norichika Aoki
2Justin Maxwell
DH1Billy Butler
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1James Shields
2Jason Vargas
3Jeremy Guthrie
4Bruce Chen
5Yordano Ventura
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Greg Holland
2Wade Davis
3Tim Collins
4Kelvin Herrera
5Aaron Crow
6Louis Coleman
7Francisley Bueno
8Michael Mariot
9Danny Duffy
10Luke Hochevar
11Justin Marks