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  1. Can the Royals’ bullpen get even better? Luke Hochevar set to return from Tommy John surgery

    May 6, 2015, 10:15 AM EDT

    Luke Hochevar AP

    Two years ago Hochevar a 1.92 ERA and 82/17 K/BB ratio in 70 innings.

  2. Luke Hochevar eyes May return to the Royals’ bullpen

    Apr 7, 2015, 2:51 PM EDT

    Luke Hochevar AP

    Hochevar shifted to the bullpen full time in 2013 and threw 70 innings with a 1.92 ERA and 82/17 K/BB ratio.

  3. Luke Hochevar expected to begin season on disabled list

    Mar 16, 2015, 11:01 PM EDT

    Luke Hochevar AP

    Royals right-hander Luke Hochevar is in the final stages of his rehab from Tommy John surgery.

  4. 2015 Free Agent Tracker

    Dec 25, 2014, 1:23 PM EDT

    Hanley Ramirez

    Your one-stop shop for all of the offseason signings.

  5. Luke Hochevar hopes to begin throwing off a mound in January

    Dec 6, 2014, 12:50 PM EDT

    Luke Hochevar AP

    Hochevar, who signed a new two-year, $10 million deal with the Royals this week, missed the entire 2014 season following Tommy John surgery.

  6. The Royals re-sign Luke Hochevar

    Dec 3, 2014, 8:46 AM EDT

    Luke Hochevar

    It’s a two-year, $10 million deal.

  7. HardballTalk’s Top 150 Free Agents for 2015

    Oct 31, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

    Division Series - Detroit Tigers v Baltimore Orioles - Game One

    Including writeups for the top 63, because we’re not always all about round numbers.

  8. What’s in store for the Royals this winter?

    Oct 30, 2014, 12:49 PM EDT

    Dayton Moore, Ned Yost

    A look at the tough calls the Royals will have to make following their World Series run.

  9. Yusmeiro Petit’s latest feat: 84-pitch complete game

    Sep 10, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

    Yusmeiro Petit

    Last season Yusmeiro Petit missed throwing a perfect game by one batter. Last month he set the all-time record for consecutive batters retired with 46. And last night he threw an 84-pitch complete game.

  10. Royals might actually know what they are doing

    Aug 20, 2014, 2:58 PM EDT

    gordonholland

    Joe Posnanski says the Royals’ plan is finally falling into place and has their fans believing they can get back to the glory days of the 1970s.

  11. Henderson Alvarez leaves start with stiff right elbow

    May 28, 2014, 9:45 PM EDT

    henderson alvarez getty

    The elbow injury epidemic simply can’t be stopped. CSNWashington.com’s Mark Zuckerman reports that Marlins right-hander Henderson Alvarez was removed from his start Wednesday night against the Nationals after experiencing stiffness in his pitching elbow.

  12. Picking the Royals to win … again

    Apr 2, 2014, 11:19 AM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Chicago White Sox

    Joe Posnanski picks the Royals to win the division for the 17th consecutive season.

  13. 2014 Preview: Kansas City Royals

    Mar 12, 2014, 2:48 PM EDT

    Ned Yost and his flexible thumb

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2014 season. Next up: The Kansas City Royals. The Big Question: Are the Royals finally ready to contend? Kansas City made a big jump…

  14. Wade Davis is no longer in the running for a rotation spot

    Mar 8, 2014, 11:57 AM EDT

    Wade Davis Getty

    The Royals gave Wade Davis a chance to win a rotation spot this spring even after he struggled as a starter last season, but Royals manager Ned Yost told Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star this morning that the 28-year-old right-hander is out of the fifth starter competition and will pitch out of the…

  15. Luke Hochevar to have Tommy John surgery

    Mar 7, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

    Luke Hochevar

    Bad news for Royals fans. And for Luke Hochevar, of course: Hochevar, the 30-year-old former No. 1 overall pick, felt a twinge in his elbow on Monday. On Tuesday, he felt soreness in the joint, and an MRI revealed his condition, which also includes strained muscles around the elbow. On Thursday, he was scheduled to…

  16. Luke Hochevar shut down with sprained elbow

    Mar 5, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

    Luke Hochevar

    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…

  17. Ranking the bullpens: 2014 edition

    Feb 7, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Atlanta Braves

    We tried this with the rotations the other day. Once again, I’ll be dipping into my 2014 projections here to rank the bullpens. To come up with the following bullpen ERAs, I simply combined each team’s seven highest-IP relievers, according to my projections. AL Royals – 2.93 Red Sox – 3.14 Athletics – 3.16 Rangers…

  18. What on earth are the Royals doing now?

    Feb 1, 2014, 4:12 PM EDT

    Bruce Chen

    When the Royals re-signed Bruce Chen to a one-year, $4.25 million contract this week, it was generally met with tepid approval. One could argue that he’s 90 percent of the pitcher Jason Vargas is for half of the salary and one-quarter the commitment. So, that’s not bad. But then came the fallout. First, it was…

  19. Former No. 2 overall pick Greg Reynolds is headed to Japan

    Dec 19, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

    Reynolds_Greg

    Greg Reynolds, who was the second overall pick in a stacked 2006 draft, has signed with the Seibu Lions in Japan after posting a 7.01 ERA in the majors. Even at the time of the draft many people questioned why the Rockies went with Reynolds, whose upside was considered modest coming out of Stanford. Evan…

  20. Royals to give Hochevar, Davis second… mmm, sixth chances as SPs

    Dec 9, 2013, 5:15 PM EDT

    Luke Hochevar

    After two seasons as a below average starter, Wade Davis broke through as a reliever for the Rays in 2012, amassing a 2.43 ERA and striking out 87 in 70 1/3 innings. The Royals plan after picking him up in the James Shields–Wil Myers trade? Move him back to the rotation. Luke Hochevar was a…

  21. A Thoroughly Enjoyable Season

    Sep 18, 2013, 10:45 AM EDT

    Cleveland Indians v Kansas City Royals

    Well, it’s Sept. 17 … and the Kansas City Royals have a shot at the postseason. It’s a bit of a longshot, sure. They are 2 1/2 games behind Texas in the wildcard standings right now, which is hardly insurmountable (especially the way the Rangers are playing). But they also have Cleveland and Baltimore ahead…

  22. Ervin Santana’s gem keeps Royals moving towards the AL Wild Card

    Sep 14, 2013, 9:47 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Detroit Tigers

    Royals starter Ervin Santana was once again excellent, blanking the Tigers over six and two-thirds innings of work. The right-hander allowed just five hits and walked one while striking out five. He was lifted in the seventh after recording the second out following back-to-back singles, though his pitch count was only at 83. Lefty Will…

  23. Royals choose Luis Mendoza over Bruce Chen for final rotation spot

    Mar 26, 2013, 12:46 PM EDT

    Kansas City's Mendoza delivers a pitch against Milwaukee in their MLB baseball game in Kansas City

    Kansas City has decided on Luis Mendoza as the fifth starter, which means Bruce Chen is headed to the bullpen after leading the Royals in starts, wins, and innings last season. Of course, Chen wasn’t actually much good with a 5.07 ERA. Luke Hochevar was previously shifted to the bullpen by the Royals, so by…

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