KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -Brian Bannister and Luke Hochevar were reinstated from the disabled list Friday and will go back into the Kansas City Royals rotation, while catcher Jason Kendall had surgery to repair extensive damage to his right rotator cuff.
Bannister will start Wednesday against the Minnesota Twins, after missing 23 games with right rotator cuff tendinitis. Hochevar will follow him to the mound that day, both on a limited pitch count, after missing 71 games with a right elbow sprain.
Hochevar completed his minor league rehab assignment Thursday with Triple-A Omaha, throwing 42 pitches in three innings against Round Rock and allowing only one run on two hits.
Right-hander Bryan Bullington will go from the starting rotation to the bullpen for Kansas City, after losing his past three starts. Bullington is 1-4 with a 6.11 ERA in 10 games.
The 36-year-old Kendall had surgery Friday in Los Angeles to repair a torn right rotator cuff. He was the Royals' starting catcher in 118 of the first 132 games, hitting .256 with only 18 extra-base hits, all doubles.
Dr. Neal Elallatrache performed the procedure.
"It's month-to-month now. It's not day to day," Royals manager Ned Yost said Friday. "We're looking at somewhere between eight to 12 months. It is something he is going to have be careful with. He's a tough guy, but this is something you can't rush.
"It was a long surgery for rotator cuff surgery, 2 hours and 45 minutes. They had to repair three of the four muscles, two of them were completely torn off the bone and the other was torn to the point where they had to repair it."
Kendall is only the third player in the major leagues since World War II to have at least 450 plate-appearances in a season with no triples or home runs. He caught his 2,000th game no July 26, becoming the fifth player in big league history to reach that milestone.
"He doesn't have a lot of patience in terms of this, but this is serious," Yost said. "He doesn't have enough tissue left in there to anchor it down again. He's got to do this right. If he does it right, he can comeback and reach his goal of catching another five or six years.
"He's got to be extremely patient and extremely smart about his situation. Hopefully, we don't have to employ a straitjacket, but it's going to be a constant daily reminder."
Brayan Pena will split catching duties with September call up Lucas May, who had never appeared in a big league game entering Friday night. Pena had caught only 70 games before this season in the majors, but he's been the regular backstop since Kendall went down.