Luke Hochevar and the Reliever Redemption

At the start of every season, or perhaps a little before, certain decisions are made in which certain starting pitchers suddenly cease to be starting pitchers. Whether due to age, ineffectiveness, or perhaps both, a handful of starting pitchers are demoted — if you can call it that — to a role in the bullpen. […]
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Just one game, but bullpen collapse could reveal magnitude of Hochevar loss

We all know the Royals' formula for winning. Get solid starting pitching, play Gold Glove defense, get a few timely hits and then let the shut-down bullpen do its job. Oops. That shut-down bullpen was anything but in the season opener Monday, a 4-3 loss to Detroit. Aaron Crow, shaky down the stretch last season, surrendered a run on a wild pitch in the seventh and gave up the...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Luke Hochevar out for the 2014 season, will have Tommy John surgery

In an otherwise quiet Royals spring training, the team announced Friday relief pitcher Luke Hochevar will have Tommy John surgery to fix ligament damage in his right elbow. A specific time and date for the surgery hasn’t been announced, but it’s likely to happen in the next two weeks.   The injury occurred during last Monday’s game against the Chicago White Sox. Hochevar...
Via i70baseball
March 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Hochevar will have Tommy John surgery, out for year

Royals right-hander Luke Hochevar, diagnosed with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament earlier this week, will have reconstructive surgery to repair the ligament and thus will miss the entire season, according to manager Ned Yost. The surgery, commonly known at Tommy John surgery, was determined to be a better option than possibly rest and rehab for two months. "This thing&...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
March 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Hochevar's injury will have Royals searching for new setup man

The Kansas City Royals, relatively injury free during their 86-win season in 2013, now must deal with their first major setback of 2014 with the news that right-hander Luke Hochevar has a sprained ulnar collateral ligament. It is the type of injury near the elbow that often requires Tommy John surgery, though the Royals have not suggested yet that Hochevar's injury is that severe...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
March 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Hochevar just wants the ball -- but he'd rather get it as a starter

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Make no mistake: After several seasons of disappointment as a starter, Royals right-hander Luke Hochevar loved the way he was finally able to contribute to the team in 2013 out of the bullpen. But Hochevar isn't ready to give up his first love -- being a starter. "I had a fun year last year," he says. "The bullpen guys down there are a lot of...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
February 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Luke Hochevar is the Hot Girl You Back in the Day

This just in.....Luke Hochevar sucks.  This also just in.......the Kansas City Royals are a bunched of god-damned idiots.  I could just stop there and you would nod silently and go about your day. Instead, let us delve into the latest chapter of whichever of those first two statement you think should be the title of the book.  This chapter reminds you of that hot girl you dated...
Via Crown Crazed
September 12, 2012  |  Discuss

Recent Success Muddles the Picture of Luke Hochevar

This is a story all Royals fans know well. Drafted number one overall in 2006 ahead of future All Stars, Cy Young winners, and World Series Champions, Luke Hochevar has been a massive disappointment. Following the All Star break in 2011, Hochevar had pitched up to his potential, pitching 79 innings to the tune of a 3.52 ERA. Going into 2012, many people around baseball thought Luke...
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June 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Breaking up with Luke Hochevar

Luke,It is hard to find a more optimistic Kansas City Royals fan than me.  I love the Royals and sometimes have a hard time seeing their flaws.  I think it is a defense mechanism for years of heartache and pain.  I've been hurt so many times that I can't help but try to see the best in the Royals so that I don't have to think about the agony.  But you are flawed and...
Via Crown Crazed
June 04, 2012  |  Discuss

Luke Hochevar ready to break out

Crown Crazed's own Tom Backus wrote 10 predictions for the 2012 Kansas City Royals, with No. 7 being that Luke Hochevar will finally become a consistent pitcher. I'm with Backus and think fans will finally see why the Royals selected Hochevar with the No. 1 draft pick in 2006. If you look at Hochevar's 2011 stats, nothing will blow you away. He finished 11-11, notched...
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April 05, 2012  |  Discuss

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