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44 Luke Hochevar RP
Height/Weight: 6-5/225 | Birthdate: 9/15/1983 | Birthplace: Fowler, CO | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Kansas City | College: Tennessee | MLB Experience: 8 | Salary: $4,560,000 | Owned/Started%: 1/0 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Royals activate P Luke Hochevar from DL, option P Finnegan


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/7/2015) The Royals have activated pitcher Luke Hochevar from the 15-day disabled list, the team announced on Thursday. To make room for him, the Royals optioned left-hander Brandon Finnegan to Double-A.

Hochevar missed the entire 2014 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery. He was quite dominant in 2013, when he recorded a 1.92 ERA over 70 1/3 innings while pitching out of the Royals' bullpen. 

The Royals will look for Hochevar to bolster what is already a very deep bullpen. They just got closer Greg Holland back from the disabled list, and other pitchers like Wade Davis, Kelvin Herrera and Ryan Madson have helped the Royals' relief core pitch to a colletive 1.57 ERA this season.

For his part, Hochevar is eager to get back to a big-league mound, according to MLB.com


Royals RP Luke Hochevar (elbow) hoping to return this weekend


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/6/2015) Royals pitcher Luke Hochevar, recovering from Tommy John surgery, could to rejoin the team this weekend in Detroit, according to the Kansas City Star. Hochevar missed the entire 2014 season after undergoing the operation in March, but pitched very well in 2013 before going down with the injury.


Royals reliever Luke Hochevar closing in on return


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/29/2015) Royals short reliever Luke Hochevar is knocking on the door in his quest to return to the team after a month-long rehab assignment following Tommy John surgery.

"He's getting closer," Ned Yost told the Kansas City Star.

Hochevar, who was brilliant in 2013 before going down last year, tossed a scoreless inning Tuesday for Triple-A Omaha. He is slated to pitch two innings Friday, one inning totaling no more than 25 pitches Tuesday and the same Thursday before the Royals will determine if he's ready to join them.


Royals' Luke Hochevar pitches in eighth inning of rehab game


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2015) Royals pitcher Luke Hochevar gave up two hits, striking out one batter in his rehab assignment with Triple-A Omaha on Thursday. Hochevar did not allow a run or walk in his one inning pitched.

Royals' Luke Hochevar to start Triple-A rehab on Thursday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/9/2015) Royals pitcher Luke Hochevar will begin a minor-league rehab assignment Thursday night with Triple-A Omaha, according to MLB.com. Hochevar is working his way back from Tommy John surgery in 2014, and isn't expected to come off the disabled list until sometime in May.

Royals' Hochevar will pitch for Triple-A team on rehab assignment


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/7/2015) Royals pitcher Luke Hochevar (elbow) will pitch for Triple-A Omaha during his rehab assignment, according to The Kansas City Star. Hochevar, who is coming off Tommy John surgery in 2014, isn't expected to come off the disabled list until sometime in May.

"I think that to be able to come up and to be ready at the big-league level, I think there’s a couple steps that I still need to take," Hochevar said. "The majority of it has to do with recovery and how I’m responding to my outings.

"Even now, I’m pitching with two days in between. 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.

"For instance, in spring, I went from three days to two days. It felt great. But with that adjustment, it took me doing that two times to have my stuff reciprocate. I felt fine. There’s no issues there. It’s just a matter of getting my arm back in shape and getting it used to bouncing back."


Ryan Madson, Franklin Morales, Paulo Orlando make Royals' roster


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2015) Ryan Madson, Franklin Morales and Paulo Orlando earned the last two spots on the Royals' Opening Day roster. 

The RHP Madson was a non-roster invitee who earned a spot with his spring performance. Madson had a 3.00 ERA in nine games, with two saves. 

LHP Morales was also a non-roster invitee. He went 2-0 in the spring with a 6.55 ERA. 

Orlando, an outfielder, earned the last position player spot. 

To set the roster, the Royals sent LHP Brian Flynn to Omaha and placed LHP Tim Collins and RHP Luke Hochevar on the 15-day DL. 


Royals' Yost: Luke Hochevar will start season on DL


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) As expected, Royals pitcher Luke Hochevar will start the season on the disabled list, manager Ned Yost confirmed on Tuesday, per the Kansas City Star.

Hochevar is returning from Tommy John surgery. Yost said he hopes Hochevar will be ready to return by May. 


Royals' Luke Hochevar still expected to begin season on DL


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2015) Royals manager Ned Yost said Thursday he is still expecting pitcher Luke Hochevar (elbow) to begin the season on the disabled list, per The Kansas City Star.

"Odds are, he's going to start the year on the DL," Yost said. "But we haven't cemented that decision yet."


Royals' Luke Hochevar (elbow) could continue rehab in minors


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/22/2015) Royals manager Ned Yost said Sunday that pitcher Luke Hochevar could begin the season on the disabled list and continue his rehab from Tommy John surgery in the minors, MLB.com reports.

"He's throwing the ball great, but we're still being real guarded with him," Yost said. "He's throwing every four days. I don't know if he'll break [camp] with us. He may need to get a couple of more outings under his belt. We'll just get there and see where we're at."

Hochevar has made three one-inning appearances as he continues to work his way back from last March's surgery.

"If it takes me a little longer, a couple of more weeks when the season starts, I'm willing to trade that to not have any setbacks," Hochevar said. "It's a long season."

Despite the uncertainty about Hochevar's availability for the start of the season, Yost has liked what he's seen from the pitcher.

"He's got his fastball back up to 94 [mph]. His curveball has been unbelievably good," Yost said. "He's only a year out [from surgery] on the 18th. Where he's at is amazing to me, being a year out, throwing the way he's throwing and feeling the way that he's feeling."


Luke Hochevar may start season on Royals' DL


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/16/2015) Royals reliever Luke Hochevar pitched a perfect seventh inning on Monday, throwing 11 strikes in 14 pitches. 

Now he'll wait. 

The Royals are taking it slowly as Hochevar returns from Tommy John surgery, and that means plenty of rest between appearances. Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reported that Hochevar will get three days, off following Monday's appearance, a schedule that makes it unlikely that he'll be ready by the start of the season.  


Royals bringing pitcher Luke Hochevar along slowly


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/14/2015) The Royals are being extra cautious with pitcher Luke Hochevar this spring, reports MLB.com. Hochevar made his first appearance of the spring Thursday, going one inning and recording one walk and a strikeout. He will not pitch again until at least Monday.

"We're not going to rush anything with him," manager Ned Yost said. "We'll just have to see how it goes with Luke. Only his body will be able to tell us if he [will make the 25-man roster]."


Royals' Luke Hochevar (elbow) makes spring debut Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/12/2015) Royals pitcher Luke Hochevar appeared in a game Thursday for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery last March, walking one and striking out one in an inning of work.

"I felt like my fastball command was there," Hochevar said after the outing, per MLB.com. "The ball felt good coming out of my hand. My offspeed stuff was a tick late, but that will come. Some of the adrenaline was going, and those are more feel pitches that will come."

Hochevar was asked what percentage he was able to let loose with his pitches and replied, "I'm not good with percentages. But I stepped on the gas pretty good. I didn't feel anything in my elbow that would make me step back. It felt good. I applied as much gas as I thought was necessary."

Hochevar is not a lock to be ready for action by the beginning of the regular season.


Royals' Luke Hochevar felt 'great' after throwing BP


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/9/2015) Royals pitcher Luke Hochevar continued his comeback from Tommy John surgery that kept him out all of last season.

The righthander pitched live batting practice on Monday morning. Hochevar just started facing live hitters last week, and after his latest session, he told the Kansas City Star's Andy McCullough that he felt "great". 


Royals' Hochevar (elbow) emerges unscathed after BP session


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/4/2015) Royals pitcher Luke Hochevar threw his first batting-practice session of the spring Tuesday and emerged from the outing without any issues, per MLB.com.

"Everything was fine this morning," Yost said. "He felt great."

Yost liked how Hochevar, who is coming off Tommy John surgery, threw in batting practice.

"A good live fastball," Yost said. "Good curve. He looked really good. Just a normal progression for him."


Royals' Hochevar faces hitters for first time since elbow surgery


(3/3/2015) Royals pitcher Luke Hochevar faced hitters Tuesday for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery last year, according to The Kansas City Star.

On Monday, manager Ned Yost indicated the 31-year-old Hochevar might have to start the 2015 season on the disabled list.


Royals pitcher Luke Hochevar (elbow) might start season on DL


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/2/2015) Royals manager Ned Yost indicated Monday pitcher Luke Hochevar, who is coming off Tommy John surgery, might start the year on the disabled list. However, he probably won't be on there for long, per The Kansas City Star.

“If he’s not ready for opening day, it’s going to be real soon afterwards," Yost said.


Royals' Luke Hochevar on schedule in recovery from Tommy John


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/18/2015) Royals reliever Luke Hochevar is on schedule in his recovery from Tommy John surgery, according to MLB.com.

Hochevar had the surgery last March, but has been able to throw off the mound with no setbacks. He threw 35 pitches off a mound on Saturday, and did the same on Wednesday with no issues. Hochevar is mainly throwing fastballs and change-ups now, but said he'll eventually add breaking balls. "I probably won't be throwing any breaking balls until we get to live BP in a couple weeks," he said. "We're just taking everything very slowly, very cautiously."

While Hochevar said he's not ready to fully cut things loose, he does expect to be ready by opening day. "I'm hopeful, but if it's not the case and I have to start the season [in Triple-A] then that's OK," he said. "I don't want to have to rush things and then have something happen and wind up back at Triple-A anyway."

Hochevar remains about 7-10 days behind the other pitchers on the roster, and his status could determine whether the team carries an extra reliever to begin the season, according to the Kansas City Star.

Hochevar posted a 1.92 ERA over 70 1/3 innings back in 2013. 


Royals' Luke Hochevar nearing return from Tommy John surgery


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(2/1/2015) Royals pitcher Luke Hochevar has been able to throw off a mound and expects to soon be at the full strength, reports The Kansas City Star.

Hochevar is recovering from Tommy John surgery, which caused him to miss the 2014 season and said he expects to be at full strength once spring training is underway.

"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."

In 2013, Hochevar produced a 1.92 ERA in 58 games. While Hochevar said he's looking forward to returning, he wants to be cautious with his body.

"Hopefully, I'm ready in two weeks," Hochevar said. "But you never know and I'm not going to put a timetable on it. I'm going to listen to my body. I need to look long term, not just career-wise but season-wise. Me on the shelf is no good. If it takes me an extra two weeks, a month, whatever it is, I need to be mindful of that."


Report: Royals' Hochevar to start as RP, but might transition to SP


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/9/2014) Royals pitcher Luke Hochevar, who is working his way back from Tommy John surgery, will go into spring training as a reliever. However, both sides are talking about Hochevar transitioning to the rotation during the season, according to New York Post columnist Joel Sherman.

Hochevar is 38-59 with a 5.44 ERA as a starter, and he is 5-2 with a 2.06 ERA as a reliever.


Royals announce two-year deal with Luke Hochevar


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/4/2014) The Royals announced Thursday that pitcher Luke Hochevar has been signed to a two-year contract with a mutual option for 2017.

CBSSports.com baseball insider Jon Heyman reported Wednesday that the two-year deal is worth $10 million. Hochevar is coming off a lost 2014 season due to Tommy John surgery but posted a 1.92 ERA and 82:17 K:BB ratio in 70 1/3 innings during the 2013 season, his first in a full-time relief role.


Royals re-sign Luke Hochevar to two-year, $10 million deal


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/3/2014) The Royals have re-signed pitcher Luke Hochevar to a two-year, $10 million contract, sources told CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Hochevar missed the 2014 season due to Tommy John surgery, but he was a standout in the Royals' bullpen in 2013. The former starter went 5-2 with a 1.92 ERA and two saves in 58 appearances. He also had 82 strikeouts in 70 1/3 innings.


Luke Hochevar throws for the first time Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/10/2014) Royals pitcher Luke Hochevar played catch for the first time since Tommy John surgery Wednesday, according to the Kansas City Star.

Hochevar hopes he'll be able to pitch off a mound in January. He underwent the surgery back in late March. 


Luke Hochevar aims to start throwing in September


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(6/23/2014) Royals reliever Luke Hochevar, who had Tommy John surgery in March, hopes to start throwing again in September, reports the Kansas City Star. He was cleared to lift weights two weeks ago.

"After I had surgery, I just wanted to get out of the brace," Hochevar told the paper. "Then when I got out of the brace, and I was just moving my arm and doing stuff, then I wanted to start working out. Now that I’m working out, I want to start throwing."

Luke Hochevar transferred to 60-day DL


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/2/2014) The Royals moved relief pitcher Luke Hochevar from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL Monday to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Blake Wood.

Hochevar is recovering from Tommy John surgery and is out for the season.