Morning Coffee: Royals Myths Debunked

Over the last 25 or so years, being a Kansas City Royals fan has been quite difficult as good players have come and gone and more often than not it seems, guys like Zack Greinke are replaced by guys like Luke Hochevar.  For years, the question wasn't if the Royals would finish under .500, but how far under .500 they'd finish. As someone who has been a Royals fan my entire...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Like it should be: Davis and Holland lead bullpen bounce-back in Royals' win

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- It took 327 pitches and three hours and 37 minutes to finally resolve the Royals-White Sox game, and in the end it came down to which team could locate one or two pitchers who could simply throw strikes and get someone out. First, enter Wade Davis, the Royals' new Luke Hochevar, who has assumed Hoch's role as the primary setup man to closer Greg Holland...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Home Opener Memories

By Walker Ahhh opening day at the K…A day where you get to call in healthy to work and head to the park for some fun and possible sun!  Over the past 25 or so years, this is also one of the few days you could not walk up and buy a ticket for the game.  Is it the renewal of a new year, the fact the Royals weren’t mathematically eliminated yet, or the fact that Kansas City...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

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. […]
Via Fangraphs
13 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...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
15 days ago  |  Discuss

2014 Kansas City Royals: Predicting Boom or Bust

Opening Day is here!  Kansas City Royals Fans spent all winter arguing about [not] signing Ervin Santana, giving Luke Hochevar $5M to be a[n injured] reliever, and whether the Wil Myers trade was a mistake (argument continued from last winter).  All that is over now because the Royals are back in action and ready to begin what may be the most anticipated baseball season in KC...
Via Pine Tar Press
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Morning Coffee: No Need to Worry About Royals Relievers

Last season, the Kansas City Royals had one of the best bullpens in all of baseball, led by Greg Holland, Luke Hochevar and others. This year, the general consensus is that the bullpen would once again be a strength of the team based on the fact that most of the bullpen returns from last year. As spring training opened, though, the Royals lost Luke Hochevar to Tommy John surgery...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Morning Coffee: Duffy’s Best Role for the 2014 Royals

When spring training began, the Royals were basically having an open competition for the fifth starter role. The candidates were Wade Davis, Danny Duffy, Luke Hochevar, Brad Penny and Yordano Ventura. Hochevar is now out for the year, Brad Penny has been released and Wade Davis has already been ticketed for the bullpen, partially due to the Luke Hochevar injury creating a hole in...
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March 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals Storylines: The First Week of Spring Training

The first week of spring training has been an eventful one in two major ways for the Kansas City Royals. There is the story about Mike Moustakas and his hot start at the plate, and pitcher Luke Hochevar is out for the season after hurting his elbow and needing Tommy John surgery. Here are the [...]
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March 12, 2014  |  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...
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March 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Luke Hochevar to have Tommy John surgery

getty images Kansas City Royals pitcher Luke Hochevar will undergo Tommy John surgery preventing him from pitching this season. Hochevar, 30, was being given a chance to compete for a rotation spot this spring after making 58 appearances out of the bullpen last season posting a 1.92 ERA and a 0.82 WHIP. Royals manager Ned Yost relayed the news on Friday about Hochevar who has a sprained...
March 07, 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&...
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March 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals' Luke Hochevar to have Tommy John surgery

The worst fears have been confirmed for Kansas City Royals pitcher Luke Hochevar. With the right-hander already shut down with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament, manager Ned Yost confirmed on Friday that Hochevar would have Tommy John surgery to repair that elbow ligament. The news was tweeted by Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star.Luke Hochevar will have Tommy John surgery...
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March 07, 2014  |  Discuss

MLB Storylines: Hochevar to miss the start of the season

In this MLB News and Notes segment, I will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. I also will try to tweet news and rumors as I see them, so feel free to follow me on Twitter: @ajnicholsIBI. Here are the stories from Wednesday, March 5th. Top Stories Royals right-hander Luke Hochevar will miss two to three months of the season due to a sprained...
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March 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals shut down star reliever

Kansas City Royals’ right-hander, Luke Hochevar, has a sprain in his pitching elbow and is expected to be out until at least late May, dealing the Royals their first serious medical setback of Spring Training, reports Dick Kaegel of Hochevar suffered the sprained ulnar collateral ligament in Monday’s 9-7 loss to the White Sox as he finished up a scoreless two-inning...
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March 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals' Luke Hochever sprains UCL, Tommy John Surgery possible

Projected to build off his breakout 2013 season as a reliever, Kansas City Royals right-hander Luke Hochevar is now expected to be out until at least May after suffering a sprained ulnar-collateral ligament in his right elbow.Luke Hochevar has a sprained UCL. He'll be shut down for at least two weeks. The team hopes he returns by the end of May.— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughStar...
Via MLB Injury News
March 05, 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

Luke Hochevar shut down with sprained UCL

getty images Kansas City Royals pitcher Luke Hochevar has been shut down for the next two weeks with what the team has labed a sprained ulnar collateral ligament. The Royals are hoping that Hochevar will avoid Tommy John surgery and return by the end of May. Hochevar had a chance to crack the Royals rotation this spring but now that spot will go elsewhere. Luke Hochevar has a sprained...
March 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals reliever Luke Hochevar is out at least two to three weeks with elbow injury

The Royals have shut down pitcher Luke Hochevar after an MRI on Tuesday revealed a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. Hochevar will receive two to three weeks to rest and recover, manager Ned Yost said. The organization hopes he can return to big-league action by the end of May – and that’s the “best-case scenario,” Yost said. When Hochevar returns,...
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March 05, 2014  |  Discuss

For low-level drama, keep an eye on battle for catcher's spot behind Sal Perez

With so few roster spots up for grabs for the Royals this spring training, we'll almost have to invent some drama. Sure, the battle for the fifth spot in the rotation among Luke Hochevar, Yordano Ventura and Danny Duffy should hold our attention, though all signs point to the organization hoping that Ventura runs away with that job. And the battle for the fifth outfield spot...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
February 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Yost must decide where Hochevar best serves Royals' pitching staff

Yes, right-hander Luke Hochevar wants to be a starter again. He reiterated that two weeks ago. And yes, the Royals are dutifully saying he has a legitimate shot this spring to win the final spot in the rotation. But considering that Hochevar was lights out as a reliever last season and that he completely turned his troubling career around in 2013, the question becomes: Is Hochevar...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
February 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals' Crow might have lost his setup role but says he still will contribute

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- While there won't be many roster spots up for grabs for the Royals this spring training, there will be some sorting out in terms of a few players' roles. One of those roles in question will be right-handed reliever Aaron Crow's. For over two seasons, Crow has been one of, if not the, primary setup men for manager Ned Yost. Crow suddenly lost that distinction...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
February 13, 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

A really, really early look at who makes the Royals' 25-man roster

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Yes, this will be a ridiculously early projection on who will make the Royals' 25-man roster coming out of spring training. But hey, that's what we do when it's late January and we want to think baseball. These projections are based on my own (highly suspect) analysis as well as on conversations with club officials. But I reserve the right to change...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
January 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Tim Collins and Luke Hochevar Avoid Arbitration. Now is it Time to Trade Greg Holland?

Last week, the Royals came to an agreement and avoided arbitration with both Tim Collins and Luke Hochevar. Collins was signed for 1 year for $1.362 million. Hochevar was signed for $5.21 million with $400k in incentives for games started or games finished. Some focus has been on the incentive part of Hochevar’s contract. $400k in incentives for games STARTED. This has perpetuated...
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January 22, 2014  |  Discuss

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