Hochevar's (shoulder) agent, Scott Boras, said Tuesday that his client isn't ready to retire and is hopeful to pitch again in the majors, Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star reports. Hochevar hasn't appeared in the big leagues since July 21, 2016 and went unsigned last season while recovering from surgery to address thoracic outlet syndrome, a condition that continues to plague the right-hander. Specifically, Boras said that Hochevar is still dealing with the loss of sensation in his arm, a concerning sign now that the 34-year-old is more than 18 months removed from surgery. With no timetable for a full recovery, Hochevar shouldn't be expected to resurface in affiliated ball anytime soon.
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.
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