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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

Ryan Madson (back) is expected to play catch on Tuesday.

Madson suffered a minor back injury doing squats over the weekend and was scratched from pitching on Monday. The veteran right-hander signed a minor league deal with the Royals in January and is likely to serve as bullpen depth in the minors until he can prove he can be effective and healthy.
Mar 3 - 11:45 AM

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

Ryan Madson was scratched from the Royals' throwing schedule Monday due to back stiffness.

It's not a serious issue. Madson hasn't appeared in a major league game since the 2011 season due to chronic elbow issues and is doubtful to crack the Royals' Opening Day bullpen. He signed a minor league contract with Kansas City in January.
Mar 2 - 1:41 PM

Aaron Brooks will start the Royals Cactus League opener against the Rangers on Wednesday.

With all of the available spots in the Royals rotation already spoken for, Brooks is likely slated to begin the 2014 season in the rotation at Triple-A Omaha. The 24-year-old struggled in his lone start with the Royals in 2014, surrendering seven runs in 2/3 of an inning.
Feb 28 - 1:37 PM

Alex Gordon (wrist) has been cleared to hit off a tee.

It's the next step in his hitting program after he took some dry swings earlier this week. "He’s progressing fine," Royals manager Ned Yost said. Making his way back from offseason wrist surgery, Gordon is on pace to be ready to roll well before Opening Day as long as he can avoid setbacks.
Feb 27 - 11:49 AM

Royals manager Ned Yost said Thursday that the team is looking at Joe Blanton exclusively as a reliever this spring.

"The only way he is really going to help us is in the bullpen," Yost said. "We're not going to stretch him out [to be a starter]." It's possible Blanton could be looked at to fill a starting role at some point should injury strike, but for now he's battling for a long relief role. The veteran made just two appearances at Triple-A for the A's last season before shutting things down.
Feb 26 - 7:23 PM

Omar Infante (shoulder, elbow) said Thursday that he "feels fine."

Infante had shoulder issues last season and has dealt with some soreness in his right elbow early on this spring, but he indicated Thursday that both are non-issues. "The shoulder is fine now," he said. "I don't really feel anything with [the elbow] either, maybe just a little bit. Not worried."
Feb 26 - 7:20 PM

Royals manager Ned Yost said Thursday that Joe Paterson is in the hunt for an Opening Day bullpen job.

"He's got that funky side delivery. He's on the radar," Yost said. Paterson was signed to a minor league contract back in November after posting a 2.95 ERA and 33/19 K/BB ratio in 42 2/3 innings last season for the Diamondbacks' Triple-A affiliate. The 28-year-old left-hander owns a 6.25 ERA in 40 1/3 career innings at the major league level, so expectations should be tempered.
Feb 26 - 1:18 PM

Alex Gordon (wrist) took 15 dry swings with a fungo bat on Tuesday afternoon in Royals camp.

Gordon got through the workout with no issues. He was cleared for throwing on Monday and should progress to live batting practice by early next week. The 31-year-old outfielder expects to be ready for the start of the 2015 regular season: "No question," Gordon said Tuesday. "Not even a doubt in my mind."
Feb 24 - 5:18 PM

Royals prospect Kyle Zimmer (shoulder) is scheduled to throw his first bullpen session of the spring on Sunday.

Zimmer is hoping to be pitching in games by May. The 23-year-old right-hander totaled just 4 2/3 innings last season at rookie-level Idaho Falls due to lat and shoulder troubles. He underwent a debridement procedure on October 28 to repair his right labrum and rotator cuff. Zimmer remains a promising young talent, but some things need to start going right on the health side of things.
Feb 24 - 4:34 PM

Mike Moustakas plans on bunting against the shift more often in 2015.

Moustakas was shifted regularly last year, which contributed to his .212 batting average. It should be a no-brainer for him (and many others) to drop one down every once in a while in order to keep teams honest. It's one thing to say it in spring training, but let's see if he actually does it when games get underway.
Feb 24 - 10:49 AM

Alex Gordon (wrist) has been cleared to take 15 dry swings on Tuesday.

It's the next step in his recovery from January wrist surgery. Gordon was cleared for throwing on Monday morning and should be able to progress to live batting practice in about a week. He is expected to be ready for the beginning of the regular season.
Feb 23 - 1:26 PM

Alex Gordon (wrist) has been cleared for throwing.

And he hopes to be cleared for batting practice by the end of this week. Gordon underwent an extensor retinaculum repair on his right wrist in early January but is only a couple days behind the other outfielders in Royals camp this spring. If everything goes smoothly from this point on, he should be ready for the beginning of the 2015 regular season.
Feb 23 - 12:08 PM

Ryan Madson (elbow) threw a live batting practice session Sunday.

It's the first time since August of 2013 that Madson has faced hitters, as he's been plagued by elbow issues the last few years. The former closer is in camp with the Royals trying to win a bullpen spot as a non-roster invitee.
Feb 22 - 3:22 PM

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