Hochevar's 2017 option was declined by the Royals, making him a free agent, the Kansas City Star reports. The Royals reportedly have interest in bringing Hochevar back, but for significantly less than the $7 million he would have been due under the option. Hochevar, the top pick in the 2006 first-year player draft, has pitched well out of the bullpen in recent seasons but comes with significant health concerns. He's had Tommy John surgery and missed the final two months of 2016 after undergoing thoracic outlet surgery.
Hochevar (shoulder) was transferred to the 60-day DL on Friday, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports. This was a procedural move to free up a spot on the 40-man roster for prospect Hunter Dozier. Hochevar was already ruled out for the remainder of the season after undergoing thoracic outlet surgery earlier this month, but with any luck, he should be good to go for spring training.
Hochevar (shoulder) underwent thoracic outlet surgery Tuesday, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports. Hochevar underwent the procedure in St. Louis on Tuesday and will now likely be shut down for the next 2-3 months before setting out on a rehab program. While recovery times can extend up to six months, the 32-year-old is expected to be ready for Spring Training next season.
Hochevar (shoulder) will likely require surgery to deal with his thoracic outlet syndrome, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports. Hochevar reported numbness in his fingers recently and was diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome, a condition caused by compression of a neurovascular bundle in the shoulder region. He saw a specialist in recent days and the first diagnosis is season-ending thoracic outlet surgery. The veteran relief man will get a second opinion but it seems highly likely that he'll undergo the knife and will miss the rest of the 2016 season.
Hochevar was placed on the DL with an undisclosed injury, retroactive to July 25. It's yet to be revealed what the nature of the injury is but it could have occurred during his last outing against Texas on July 24. The 32-year-old has been a productive relief man for the Royals, compiling a 3.86 ERA and 1.07 WHIP over 37.1 innings of work. In a corresponding roster move, Brooks Pounders was recalled from Triple-A Omaha.