Royals Injury Update: Luke Hochevar throws for first time since surgery

The Kansas City Royals headed into Thursday night's game against the Boston Red Sox with a record of 80-64, first in the American League Central. With 18 games remaining in the regular season, the Royals have an excellent shot at the post season. Although pitcher Luke Hochevar will not be part of the push towards the playoffs, he made a big stride in his recover from Tommy...
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September 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals Injury Update: Luke Hochevar hopes to start throwing in September

The Kansas City Royals entered Monday night's game with a 39-36 record, second in the American League Central. They are in the middle of the pack in both runs scored and team ERA. To remain competitive the rest of the way, the Royals will need continued improvement and stability in all phases of the game. Another key factor is to remain healthy. One player on the disabled list...
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June 24, 2014  |  Discuss

“Wade”ing Through Batters!

With the early lose of Luke Hochevar to Tommy John Surgery, the Royals looked to be very vulnerable in the bullpen this year.  After the first week or so, those fears became a little more real.  However, since that time the Royals bullpen has settled in to what again is one of the best in the bigs!  A major reason for that is the shut down ability of the new setup man Wade Davis...
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May 18, 2014  |  Discuss

The financial cost of Tommy John surgery to young pitchers

Jose Fernandez. Patrick Corbin. Jarrod Parker. A.J. Griffin. Luke Hochevar. Matt Moore. Brandon Beachy. Cory Luebke. Bruce Rondon. Bobby Parnell. Kris Medlen. Ivan Nova. And now Martin Perez. Top and mid-tier pitchers in the early stages of their professional careers who have had Tommy John surgery this season, or in the case of Perez, are […]
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May 16, 2014  |  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. […]
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April 02, 2014  |  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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March 31, 2014  |  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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March 26, 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...
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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...
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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

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...
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February 18, 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...
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February 04, 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

Hosmer, Hochevar, Bonifacio get deals with Royals

The Royals agreed to one-year deals Friday with first baseman Eric Hosmer, right-hander Luke Hochevar and utilityman Emilio Bonifacio to avoid going to arbitration. Hosmer, who made just $528,250 last season, received the biggest bump to $3.6 million with a $50,000 bonus if he makes his first All-Star team. Hochevar will make $5.21 million while being eligible for up to $400,000...
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January 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals sign Hosmer, Hochevar and Bonifacio to avoid arbitration

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Royals avoided salary arbitration with right-hander Luke Hochevar, infielder Emilio Bonifacio and first baseman Eric Hosmer by signing each to one-year deals Friday. Hosmer signed for $3.6 million, Hochevar will get $5.21 million, according to Joel Sherman of The New York Post.   Hochevar's deal also includes $400,000 in incentives based on games started...
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January 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Ned Yost says Luke Hochevar, Wade Davis in line for jobs in 2014 Royals rotation

The working plan for putting together the Royals’ rotation, two weeks prior to Christmas, is to give a long spring look to Luke Hochevar and Wade Davis for the final two slots. Both pitched effectively last season in the bullpen — Hochevar for the entire year — after struggling as starters. “I’m anxious to see Hoch give it a shot as a starter again,” manager Ned Yost...
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December 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Meaningful September baseball: Young Royals are loving the feeling

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Every game is intense. Every game is a must-win. Every game, in short, means something. That's a whole new feeling for most of these young Royals. And they are loving it. "It's just way more fun to come to the ballpark every day," designated hitter Billy Butler says. "You look forward to it. You can't wait to get here because it&...
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September 17, 2013  |  Discuss

The Kansas City Royals aren’t ready for the playoffs yet

If there was any hope the Kansas City Royals would make the playoffs, they were damaged by a seven-game losing streak August 17-24. After sweeping the Friday August 16 doubleheader against the Detroit Tigers, the Royals went on to lose two games to the Tigers, three games to the Chicago White Sox and two games to the Washington Nationals. The Royals fell back to .500 and hurt their...
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August 29, 2013  |  Discuss
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