Luke Hochevar Making Rehab Start, Says He Got Hurt In Batting Practice Months Ago

Luke Hochevar was placed on the 15-day DL for a sprained elbow. Early reports are promising, according to manager Ned Yost. For more on the Royals, check SB Nation's Royals Review.

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Luke Hochevar Making Rehab Start, Says He Got Hurt In Batting Practice Months Ago

Royals pitcher Luke Hochevar has been out way too long but it appears that may be coming to an end soon. Hochevar pitched his second simulated game in four days on Tuesday and is expected to make a start on Saturday in AAA Omaha.

“My command wasn’t where it was last time,” said Hochevar, who was diagnosed with a sprained elbow following a June 11 start at Cincinnati. “But I felt all of my breaking stuff was coming out pretty well. I felt great. I really did.”

Hochevar believes the injury started when the Royals visited Fenway in May. The pitchers were apparently taking batting practice to prepare for inter-league games and they were trying to hit the Green Monster. Considering it's so tall, they kept swinging harder and harder.

"That was just me being stupid."

Hard to argue considering it took him over three months to tell the media.

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Royals Pitcher Luke Hochevar Getting Closer To Returning

Royals starting pitcher hasn't hit the mound since June 11 and has just 13 starts on the season. After leaving a game with a right elbow sprain, Hochevar is getting closer to returning.

"[He's] pretty close," manager Ned Yost said. "He's throwing a side session, then after that another side session and live batting practice and then another live BP. Then he might go out."

The likely answer is in September when the rosters expand.

That means the Royals could possible get Hochevar, Gil Meche and Brian Bannister back by September.

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Royals P Luke Hochevar Hopes To Return In About Three Weeks

Royals pitcher Luke Hochevar is hoping to get back in the rotation by the end of the month.

He threw 20 pitches from a mound on Thursday during rehab work. If he can continue throwing more, he'll be given a rehab assignment in the minors.

“I’m preparing to get my pitch count up,” Hochevar said. “Every thing’s coming along great. I’m throwing now pain free. It feels good. That’s all I can ask for.”

First he's gotta add to his total number of pitches. Then he's gotta throw a simulated game. So there's still some question whether he'll make his return.

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Royals Pitcher Luke Hochevar Has A Good MRI, Will Be 'Getting After It' Soon

Royals pitcher Luke Hochevar has been on the disabled list since June 12 for a sprained right elbow. The exact timetable on his return isn't quite clear but Friday night manager Ned Yost said he received a positive MRI and appears ready to move on with his rehab.

Via the Star:

"We did it just to be sure we're on track and the preliminary readings were really good, so we're ready to start forward on him, too," manager Ned Yost said.

"With this MRI, they ended up shooting dye in his elbow, so it's going to take a couple days to get that dye and that fluid out of there and once that fluid's out of there, he'll be back getting after it again."

Per Yost's words, it appears the Royals pitcher will be "getting after it" next week. I imagine that means a rehab assignment. He's already been out for over a month.

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Royals Taking The Cautious Approach With Injured Luke Hochevar

Some thought Royals pitcher Luke Hochevar could have been available last weekend for the Royals in their three-game set with the White Sox before the All-Star break. That prediction may have been a bit aggressive as Hochevar won't start throwing until this week.

"We've been real cautious with him," Yost said. "We'll find out more here after the All-Star break. We've just really been as careful as we can, because he's such an important part of what we're trying to do here.

"We're going to start his throwing programs back up again [Thursday or Friday.] Whereas we wouldn't let him touch a ball until after the All-Star break, so we're taking the cautious approach."

Hochevar is a very important piece of the puzzle assuming he can string along some momentum and begin playing well. He's been fairly inconsistent in a Royals uniform.

The goal for the second half of the season should be getting him back into the rotation and the Royals are going to make sure they do it the right way.

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Royals P Luke Hochevar Could Be Available This Weekend After Injury

Luke Hochevar is continuing to make progress. The last time we heard from him, he was just beginning to throw from the mound and was hoping to pitch before the All-Star break.

Per the Kansas City Star, he's scheduled for "limited duty" this weekend and will begin a throwing program after the break to get back into the swing of things.

 

“We’re just taking a cautious approach with him,” Yost said. “He’s too important to what we’re trying to do to push it right now.”

The Royals are playing well right now...without Hochevar and Gil Meche. This should be interesting to see what happens upon their return.

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Royals' Luke Hochevar Hoping To Pitch Before All-Star Break

The last time we caught up with Luke Hochevar -- who was placed on the 15-day DL on June 12 -- he had started throwing the ball but not yet from a mound.

On Wednesday, Hochevar hopes to change that by throwing 15-20 pitches off of a mound.

In fact, he hopes to pitch again on rehab assignment before the All-Star break, according to the Kansas City Star.

“If I’m feeling good enough to make a start before the All-Star break, I’d obviously like that,” Hochevar said. “But we’re going to play it safe and make sure I’m 100 percent before I toe the rubber again.”

The All-Star break starts July 12.

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Luke Hochevar Starts Throwing, Not Yet From The Mound

Luke Hochevar is scheduled to come off the disabled list on June 27. He originally went down on June 12 with a right elbow sprain.

While he's throwing on flat ground he has yet to pitch on a mound -- unlike his teammate Gil Meche.

"I don't know yet," Hochevar said. "Up to this point, everything has been going well. I don't have any pain -- I never really had pain-pain, but the area I was feeling is just kind of muscle tightness now. We just got to work through that and make sure it just stays that and we don't fire anything back up."

No timetable has been given.

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Luke Hochevar's Replacement Could Be Sticking Around

The Royals on Wednesday called up pitcher Anthony Lerew to replace Luke Hochevar in the line-up after he suffered a sprained elbow landing on the 15-day disabled list.

Judging by Lerew's performance on Thursday night, he's making the case for a spot on the roster.

Over six innings against the Astros, Lerew gave up just two runs and allowed just three hits. Not a bad performance even though the level of competition probably wasn't much different from where he came.

Hochevar is expected to miss two starts but Lerew is making a case to stay in the rotation.

What do you think? Can Lerew stick around?

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Royals P Luke Hochevar Is 'Symptom-Free', Will Play Catch Soon

On the same day we hear Gil Meche could return after the All-Star break, there's some good news on another Royals pitcher.

Royals manager Ned Yost said things are going well with Luke Hochevar, who was placed on the 15-day DL this week.

"Yesterday he was symptom-free and felt much, much better and we're to the stage where we're going to have him playing catch in the next day or so," Yost said.

He was placed on the DL retroactively on June 12.

He's still expected to miss two starts.

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Ned Yost, Luke Hochevar Address Landing On The 15-Day Disabled List

Luke Hochevar on Wednesday was placed on the 15-day disabled list because of an elbow sprain suffered in his last start. After allowing four runs on six hits earlier this week, Royals manager Ned Yost sent in a pinch hitter for Hochevar and ended his night.

Apparently that was done because of the elbow sprain, Terez Paylor of the Kansas City Star reports.

Royals manager Ned Yost said he could tell something was wrong with Hochevar because he was struggling with his command and his velocity was down (from 95-96 to 93-92). He was eventually pulled after allowing four runs and six hits in four innings.

Hochevar said he didn't feel pain, but some discomfort.

It's a grade 1 sprain, which is the lowest you can have.

His DL stint is retroactive to June 12 so they'll save a few days there. Yost said he expects him to miss two starts.

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Royals Place P Luke Hochevar On 15-Day Disabled List, Make Other Roster Moves

The Royals are making a few roster moves today.

According to Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star, the Royals on Wednesday placed Luke Hochevar on the 15-day DL with a sprained elbow.

Hochevar had an impressive 10-strikeout performance the first week of June before giving up four runs in just 68 pitches last week against the Reds. He was pulled early for a pinch-hitter.

No specifics yet on the injury.

This means Hochevar will not make his scheduled start Thursday night. Replacing him Anthony Lerew, a right-handed pitcher from Omaha.

If you don't know much about Lerew then I know this will shock you: He came to the Royals from....the Braves! Originally an 11th round pick by Atlanta in 2001, he was released in March of 2009 and signed with the Royals.

Lerew made his Royals debut as a September call-up last year.

The Royals also released pitcher John Parrish.

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