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.