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Luke Hochevar | Relief Pitcher

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (31) / 9/15/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 225
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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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. May 7 - 11:19 AM

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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.
May 6 - 11:12 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.
Apr 9 - 3:50 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.
Apr 8 - 10:10 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.
Apr 5 - 3:14 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.
Mar 16 - 7:11 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.
Mar 9 - 7:15 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.
Mar 9 - 1:59 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.
Mar 3 - 12:57 PM

Royals manager Ned Yost said Monday that Luke Hochevar (elbow) should be ready on Opening Day or "real soon afterwards."

Hochevar underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery last March, and the rehab for that surgery usually takes relievers around 13 months. He's a week behind the other setup options in Royals camp.
Mar 2 - 2:00 PM

Luke Hochevar (elbow) is roughly 7-10 days behind other relievers.

While his teammates are throwing bullpen sessions every other day, Hochevar is taking two days off between throwing. When live batting practice starts Sunday, the 31-year-old won't be taking part. He's still got a realistic shot at beginning the season on the active roster -- Royals manager Ned Yost has already started talking about carrying eight relievers to account for Hochevar's readiness to pitch on consecutive days -- but with so many stellar options ahead of him, Hochevar holds no value in fantasy leagues.
Feb 18 - 7:36 PM

Luke Hochevar (elbow) is currently throwing 30-pitch bullpen sessions.

Hochevar has been limited to fastballs and changeups so far, but he'll be allowed to mix in breaking balls once spring training begins. "I’m conditioning my arm," Hochevar said. "Once spring training comes around they’re going to monitor me for a little while, but once they cut me loose I become a regular guy again." Hochevar sounds hopeful of being ready for Opening Day as he works his way back from Tommy John surgery, but it's not a given. The Royals are well-stocked in the bullpen, so they can afford to take it slowly with him.
Feb 1 - 9:45 AM

Luke Hochevar (elbow) expects to start throwing off a mound late this month or in the early part of January.

Hochevar, who agreed to a two-year, $10 million contract with the Royals this week, is currently in rehab mode after missing the entire 2014 season following Tommy John surgery. He's about nine months removed from the procedure right now, so he has a decent chance to contribute in the early part of 2015 if there are no setbacks.
Fri, Dec 5, 2014 03:00:00 PM

Royals re-signed RHP Luke Hochevar to a two-year, $10 million contract with a $7 million mutual option for 2017.

The deal was reported Wednesday and is now official. Hochevar missed the 2014 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery but was turning into quite a bullpen weapon before that, posting a 1.92 ERA, 0.83 WHIP and 82/17 K/BB ratio in 70 1/3 innings. He's hoping to resume throwing off a mound in January and figures to get a late start to next season.
Thu, Dec 4, 2014 07:48:00 PM

According to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, the Royals have re-signed RHP Luke Hochevar to a two-year, $10 million deal.

Hochevar underwent Tommy John surgery last March and missed the 2014 season to rehab. When healthy, the former No. 1 overall pick was 5-2 with a 1.92 ERA and 0.82 WHIP in 70+ innings in 2013 while working out of the bullpen. Assuming no set-backs and a normal timetable for recovery, he could be ready to help contribute come the start of spring training.
Source: CBS Sports
Wed, Dec 3, 2014 09:00:00 AM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Salvador Perez
2Erik Kratz
3Drew Butera
1B1Eric Hosmer
2B1Omar Infante
2Christian Colon
SS1Alcides Escobar
3B1Mike Moustakas
LF1Alex Gordon
CF1Lorenzo Cain
RF1Alex Rios
2Paulo Orlando
3Jarrod Dyson
DH1Kendrys Morales
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Yordano Ventura
2Jason Vargas
3Jeremy Guthrie
4Edinson Volquez
5Danny Duffy
6Chris Young
7Kris Medlen
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Greg Holland
2Wade Davis
3Kelvin Herrera
4Jason Frasor
5Luke Hochevar
6Franklin Morales
7Ryan Madson
8Joe Blanton
9Tim Collins
10Brian Flynn