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Luke Hochevar | Relief Pitcher | #44

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (33) / 9/15/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 225
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Tennessee
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 1 (1) / KC
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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. Sep 2 - 2:57 PM

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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.
Aug 2 - 4:38 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.
Jul 29 - 5:36 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.
Jul 28 - 5:31 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.
May 2 - 5:00 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.
Mar 30 - 5:20 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

Royals placed RHP Luke Hochevar on the 15-day disabled list with a right elbow injury.

His recovery from Tommy John surgery is going well, but the Royals will ease him back into things. Hochevar should join the bullpen sometime in April.
Sun, Apr 5, 2015 03:14:00 PM

Luke Hochevar (elbow) is expected to begin the season on the disabled list.

Hochevar's recovery from Tommy John surgery is going just fine, but he's being handled cautiously this spring, with the Royals giving him three days off between appearances. With a loaded bullpen, they can afford to take it slowly with Hochevar, who should rejoin the 'pen sometime in April.
Mon, Mar 16, 2015 07:11:00 PM

Luke Hochevar (elbow) will make his Cactus League debut on Thursday.

He was cleared for game action after getting through a round of live batting practice on Monday. Hochevar is just under a year removed from Tommy John surgery, but he has time to get in enough work during spring training to be ready for Opening Day. However, the Royals could still ultimately play it safe and have him begin the year on the disabled list.
Mon, Mar 9, 2015 07:15:00 PM

Luke Hochevar (elbow) threw another round of live batting practice Monday in Royals camp.

Hochevar is 12 months removed from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery and could open the 2015 season on the Royals' active roster if he looks sharp in Cactus League play. The 31-year-old right-hander posted a tremendous 1.92 ERA, 0.83 WHIP, and 82/17 K/BB ratio across 70 1/3 innings in 2013. He should be good in a setup role this season.
Mon, Mar 9, 2015 01:59:00 PM

Luke Hochevar (elbow) faced hitters Tuesday for the first time since Tommy John surgery.

It's a big step for Hochevar, who is nearly a full year removed from Tommy John surgery. He still has some hurdles to cross, but the Royals believe he'll be ready for Opening Day or close to it. He could be a big weapon for a bullpen which was already a strength last season.
Tue, Mar 3, 2015 12:57:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Salvador Perez
2Drew Butera
3Tony Cruz
1B1Eric Hosmer
2B1Raul Mondesi
2Whit Merrifield
3Christian Colon
SS1Alcides Escobar
3B1Cheslor Cuthbert
2Hunter Dozier
3Mike Moustakas
LF1Alex Gordon
2Daniel Nava
CF1Lorenzo Cain
2Billy Burns
3Terrance Gore
RF1Jarrod Dyson
2Paulo Orlando
DH1Kendrys Morales
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Yordano Ventura
2Edinson Volquez
3Ian Kennedy
4Kris Medlen
5Danny Duffy
6Dillon Gee
7Mike Minor
8Jason Vargas
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Wade Davis
2Kelvin Herrera
3Joakim Soria
4Luke Hochevar
5Chien-Ming Wang
6Chris Young
7Peter Moylan
8Tim Collins
9Brian Flynn
10Matt Strahm
11Scott Alexander
12Brooks Pounders
13Kevin McCarthy
14Alec Mills