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Friday, September 12, 2014

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

By on 9/12/2014 06:00:00 AM

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 recovery from Tommy John surgery, throwing for the first time since surgery.

As reported by Dick Kaegel of, Hochevar threw for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery on March 17. The throwing session, which was two 25 pitch sessions from 45 feet, took place in an indoor batting cage at Comerica Park. Hochevar was delighted with his first session:
"It felt awesome, my first couple of throws, just because I hadn't thrown for a while. But overall it felt good. Typically getting loose is a little cranky, but today it felt awesome. Hopefully that continues."
The schedule for now is for Hochevar to throw twice a week and then accelerate the program so he can throw off a mound in January. He is not under contract with the Royals for next year, so his return is up in the air.
"I'd like to think I could go into Spring Training like I would any other time, especially with having my surgery done in March, that'd be almost a full year. We've got a whole lot more important things to focus on right now and that's winning a championship."
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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