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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