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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

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

By on 6/24/2014 06:00:00 AM

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 which will not return this season is pitcher Luke Hochevar, recovering from season ending surgery. The news on Hochevar is that he should start throwing before the end of the season.

Our own PaulF reported on June 3 that Hocheva, who tore his UCL during Spring Training and underwent season ending Tommy John surgery at the start of March, was moved to the 60-day disabled list.

An update, as reported by Andy McCullough of The Kansas City Star, is that Hochevar was cleared to resume lifting weights a couple weeks ago. He's added that to his routine of running and exercises to strengthen his surgically-repaired arm. By September, he's hoping to be able to throw a baseball for the first time since his surgery.

Although Hochevar cannot contribute on the field this season, he became an integral part of the bullpen last season and manager Ned Yost is keeping Hochevar involved as much as possible.
"I’m focused on the 25 guys [on the roster]. But I’m also focused on him. Because he’s been an important part of this whole rebuilding thing. I don’t want him to not feel a part of it."
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Hochevar, a seven-year Major League veteran, has played his entire career with the Royals. After struggling as a starter the first six seasons, he appeared in 58 games in relief last year and was 5-2 with a 1.92 ERA. In 70 2/3 innings, he allowed only 41 hits and struck out 82.   Hochevar has a career record of 43-61 with a 5.10 ERA.

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