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Luke Hochevar | Relief Pitcher | #44

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (32) / 9/15/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 225
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Tennessee
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 1 (1) / KC
Contract: view contract details

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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

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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

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.
Mon, Mar 2, 2015 02:00:00 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.
Wed, Feb 18, 2015 07:36:00 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.
Sun, Feb 1, 2015 09:45:00 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

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