Hochevar is recovering from Tommy John surgery, which caused him to miss the 2014 season and said he expects to be at full strength once spring training is underway.
"I'm conditioning my arm," Hochevar said. "Once spring training comes around they're going to monitor me for a little while, but once they cut me loose I become a regular guy again."
In 2013, Hochevar produced a 1.92 ERA in 58 games. While Hochevar said he's looking forward to returning, he wants to be cautious with his body.
"Hopefully, I'm ready in two weeks," Hochevar said. "But you never know and I'm not going to put a timetable on it. I'm going to listen to my body. I need to look long term, not just career-wise but season-wise. Me on the shelf is no good. If it takes me an extra two weeks, a month, whatever it is, I need to be mindful of that."
"We really don’t have a timetable," Gordon said. "We’re just going to see how it feels. Obviously, it’s spring training. So we don’t want to rush anything. If it feels good, we’ll be aggressive with it. But if it’s not feeling good, we’ll take it slow."
Dyson is in his first year of arbitration. He hit .269 with one home run, 24 RBI and 36 stolen bases in 120 games in 2014.
After spending the first eight seasons of his career in Kansas City, Butler signed a three-year deal with Oakland during the offseason. Though he left the Royals, Butler said there is no hard feelings. "It’s disappointing, but you understand that the game’s a business and I didn’t leave on bad terms," Butler said. "I’d be more than happy to come back. That’s home for me. I’ll always be forever tied to the Royals organization and the community there."
The 28-year-old hit .271/.323/.379 over 549 at-bats last year.
|2014 Team Leaders|
|AVG||Norichika Aoki , RF||.285|
|HR||Alex Gordon , LF||19|
|RBI||Alex Gordon , LF||74|
|OBP||Alex Gordon , LF||.351|
|SLG||Alex Gordon , LF||.432|
|R||Alex Gordon , LF||87|
|SB||Jarrod Dyson , CF||36|
|W||James Shields , SP||14|
|ERA||Yordano Ventura , SP||3.20|
|WHIP||James Shields , SP||1.18|
|K||James Shields , SP||180|
|SV||Greg Holland , RP||46|
|Full Team Statistics|
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