KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Here's the problem for Luke Hochevar: He's probably been too good as a reliever for the Royals to consider him a starter again.
The grand experiment of converting Hochevar, the 2006 No. 1 overall pick, from a starter to the bullpen has, by all measures, been an astounding success. In 41 games, Hochevar has three wins, two saves and a 1.98 ERA.
As the season has worn on, manager Ned Yost has become comfortable using Hochevar in high-leverage situations.
"He has been phenomenal for us," Yost says. "A great addition to our 'pen."
It's a wonderful narrative for Hochevar, who had posted an unsightly 5.73 ERA as a starter last season and who had exhausted the patience of Royals fans after five rocky years in the rotation.
Hochevar, 30, is contributing to a winning team for the first time in his career, and the boo birds have finally flown away.
But what's next for Hochevar?
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