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Luke Hochevar | Relief Pitcher | #44

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (34) / 9/15/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 225
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Tennessee
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 1 (1) / KC

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Free agent right-hander Luke Hochevar (shoulder) is still battling symptoms of thoracic outlet syndrome.
Hochevar is hoping to land with a team at some point this spring, but that probably won't happen until he is symptom-free. The 34-year-old right-hander hasn't appeared in a major league game since July 2016 and he didn't pitch anywhere professionally in 2017 while recovering from thoracic outlet surgery. "We don’t know the timetable," Hochevar's agent Scott Boras said Tuesday. "But the doctors say [his shoulder] should come back. We just don’t know when." Feb 20 - 9:31 PM

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Jeffrey Flanagan of writes that while Luke Hochevar (thoracic outlet syndrome) could be a second half signing for someone, 2017 is "more than likely a wash for him."

Hochevar underwent surgery last August for thoracic outlet syndrome, but Flanagan notes that his procedure was "more complicated" than Kyle Zimmer, who had also had surgery last August, but managed to start the season on time. The 33-year-old is currently a free agent and we should hear more about a potential landing spot as his throwing program progresses.
Tue, Apr 18, 2017 02:36:00 PM

According to Jeffrey Flanagan of, the Royals remain interested in bringing back Luke Hochevar and Greg Holland.

Holland has received interest from a multitude of clubs and is believed to have several multi-year offers on the table. Hochevar, meanwhile, is in the process of recovering from surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome and is the much more likely of the duo to return to the Royals' bullpen in 2017.
Sun, Jan 1, 2017 04:20:00 PM

Royals general manager Dayton Moore said Tuesday that the club is interested in retaining Luke Hochevar.

Hochevar became a free agent after the Royals recently declined his $7 million mutual option for 2017, but it was an easy call after he underwent surgery in August for thoracic outlet syndrome. He's going to have to settle for a more modest deal, whether with the Royals or elsewhere.
Tue, Nov 8, 2016 02:56:00 PM

Royals declined RHP Luke Hochevar's $7 million mutual option for 2017.

They'll instead pay him a $500,000 buyout. The 33-year-old hurler underwent surgery in August for thoracic outlet syndrome. Hochevar isn't expected to be ready for the start of the 2017 season, which means he may have to settle for an incentive-laden minor league contract.
Sat, Nov 5, 2016 03:58:00 PM

Royals transferred RHP Luke Hochevar from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for the addition of Hunter Dozier. Hochevar is out for the season following thoracic outlet surgery.
Fri, Sep 2, 2016 02:57:00 PM

Luke Hochevar underwent surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome Tuesday in St. Louis.

He's done for the season and his rehab could cut into the beginning of next season. Hochevar carries a $7 million club option for 2017, which is sure to be declined.
Tue, Aug 2, 2016 04:38:00 PM

Luke Hochevar is expected to undergo season-ending surgery to repair thoracic outlet syndrome.

He'll receive a second opinion first but is expected ultimately to go under the knife. The Royals have a $7 million club option on Hochevar for next season, but they'll surely exercise a $500,000 buyout instead.
Fri, Jul 29, 2016 05:36:00 PM

Royals placed RHP Luke Hochevar on the 15-day disabled list with symptoms of thoracic outlet syndrome.

That's never good. Matt Harvey just underwent season-ending surgery to relieve his TOS symptoms and Hochevar could be headed down a similar path. Hochevar is slated to meet with Texas-based Dr. Greg Pearl, who is one of the nation's leading TOS specialists. The right-hander had been the subject of trade rumors but those are probably on hold now that Hochevar is dealing with a potentially serious shoulder issue.
Thu, Jul 28, 2016 05:31:00 PM

Luke Hochevar (elbow) will play catch Monday afternoon.

Hochevar was unavailable Sunday due to elbow tightness, but the Royals aren't concerned. Assuming his arm feels good, there's a chance he could be ready Monday.
Mon, May 2, 2016 05:00:00 PM

Luke Hochevar was touched up for three runs on four hits in an inning of work in Wednesday's loss to the Rangers.

In the fifth inning, Hochevar surrendered a pair of RBI singles to Ryan Cordell and Ronald Guzman with a James Jones RBI triple sandwiched in between. That action accounted for the three runs on his line. Hochevar missed the 2014 season after undergoing Tommy John, but came back in 2015 to post a 3.73 ERA and 49/16 K/BB ratio across 50 2/3 innings. The Royals return a loaded bullpen for the coming campaign and the veteran right-hander likely won't see many save opportunities unless the injury bug strikes hard.
Wed, Mar 30, 2016 05:20:00 PM

Royals activated RHP Luke Hochevar from the 15-day disabled list.

Hochevar is finally recovered from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery and gives the Royals yet another high-powered weapon for their bullpen. The 31-year-old righty will pitch in low-leverage situations initially.
Thu, May 7, 2015 11:19:00 AM

Luke Hochevar (elbow) will be activated from the disabled list this weekend.

Hochevar's 30-day rehab window is nearly up. He's posted a 7.84 ERA during his rehab assignment, although that's mostly the result of one poor outing when he allowed seven runs in 1.2 innings. The Royals are expected to bring Hochevar along slowly with some low-leverage innings initially.
Wed, May 6, 2015 11:12:00 AM

Luke Hochevar (elbow) is set to begin a minor league rehab assignment Thursday at Triple-A Omaha.

Hochevar is almost fully recovered from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery, but the Royals seem likely to keep in the minors for more than a couple of weeks to build his arm strength. Look for the right-hander to join the Kansas City bullpen in early-to-mid May.
Thu, Apr 9, 2015 03:50:00 PM

Luke Hochevar (elbow) might not be activated from the disabled list until mid-May.

Hochevar's recovery from Tommy John surgery is going well, but the Royals are taking things slowly with him. "Even now, I’m pitching with two days in between," Hochevar said. "That’s got to get moved to one day in between. And then be able to respond, be able to repeat my stuff. And then that’s got to be able to be moved to back-to-back days, and be able to repeat my stuff." Hochevar will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Omaha on Thursday.
Wed, Apr 8, 2015 10:10:00 AM

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