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Luke Hochevar shut down with sprained elbow

Mar 5, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

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Royals right-hander Luke Hochevar has been shut down for at least two weeks with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow, according to Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star.

McCullough reports that “the team hopes he returns by the end of May,” which suggests it could be a more serious injury. UCLs are the ligaments that lead to Tommy John surgery and 12-month recovery timetables when torn.

After years of disappointing as a starter Hochevar shifted to the bullpen last season with a ton of success, throwing 70 innings with a 1.92 ERA and 82/17 K/BB ratio. By comparison, he has a 5.44 ERA in 128 career starts.

  1. sportsdrenched - Mar 5, 2014 at 10:52 AM

    A year ago at this time I would have said this is good news to any Royals fan. But since he’s become an actual asset out of the bullpen…this one actually hurts.

    Can we at least to rest his reutrn to the rotation, though.

  2. shawndc04 - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:04 AM

    >>A year ago at this time I would have said this is good news to any Royals fan<<

    Jeeze, that's cold, man. I just can't imagine celebrating an athlete's injury.

    • jeffbbf - Mar 5, 2014 at 1:53 PM

      don’t sprain your shoulder polishing your halo

  3. tedwmoore - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:41 AM

    This stinks. Hoch was so fun to watch last season; I hope this is not a Tommy John situation.

  4. illegalblues - Mar 5, 2014 at 12:20 PM

    this really stinks. i always rooted for the guy because i hate seeing busts. finally finds a role he thrives in and gets hurt :/

  5. randall351 - Mar 5, 2014 at 1:08 PM

    He was used in mainly low leverage situations last year; I think I remember reading on Royals Review website that most of the time he wasn’t used in a low leverage situation he reverted back to the old “bad” Hochevar.
    Honestly this isn’t really much of a loss, and the silver lining is they won’t try to make him the 5th starter and now they can utilized Louis Coleman like they should instead of letting him dominate AAA hitters for yet another year.

  6. ksbuff - Mar 5, 2014 at 1:54 PM

    The current word is that this is a TJS situation. Surgery decision to come in the next few weeks.

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