Kansas City Royals right-hander Luke Hochevar left Thursday's start against the Blue Jays after five innings because of a sprained right ankle.
Hochevar was injured while running to cover first base on Colby Rasmus' infield single in the fifth. He stayed in the game and struck out Jose Bautista to finish the inning, but was replaced by Tim Collins in the sixth with the Royals leading 5-2.
Hochevar, who was in line for his third win in four games when he left, allowed two runs and four hits. He walked one and struck out three.
The first overall pick in the 2006 draft, Hochevar was knocked out in the fourth inning of Kansas City's home opener against Cleveland on April 13 when he was struck on the left ankle by a line drive off the bat of Carlos Santana.