June 14, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Luke Hochevar (44) delivers a pitch in the first inning of the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Luke Hochevar Will Have Tommy John Surgery


Multiple sources have confirmed that Luke Hochevar will receive Tommy John surgery.

 

 

It is devastating news for Hochevar, who finally figured out how to pitch at the major league level, but who will be on the wrong side of thirty when he returns to baseball. He had a 1.92 ERA in 70 2/3 innings pitched last season and ended the season as the bullpen’s setup man. He was the second best reliever on the team behind closer Greg Holland.

He was a force to be reckoned with out of the bullpen. His fastball touched 97-98 and because he never faced a lineup more than once, no one could figure out his secondary arsenal. A pitcher with a sub-2.00 ERA would be a loss to any team, including the Royals, but at least they have an extremely deep bullpen.

The Royals had originally indicated that they were hopeful that Hochevar would return after a few months. However, once they announced that he had a significant tear to UCL, Tommy John surgery was inevitable.

Tommy John recovery is so long and grueling (15 months or so) that Sam Mellinger assumes that the surgery it also spells the end of his tenure as a Kansas City Royal.

 

 

The Royals will have to choose a new primary setup man from the likes of Aaron Crow, Wade Davis, Tim Collins, Kelvin Herrera, or Louis Coleman. Yost has also made it clear that he wouldn’t mind seeing Danny Duffy or Yordano Ventura in the bullpen. The Royals still have an incredible amount of depth stacked up in their AAA-Omaha affiliate. It’s so stacked that, even with the injury to Luke Hochevar, left-hander Donnie Joseph may not make the club. Stacked.

This also means that bloggers will run low on material this year. Hoch has been the subject of hundreds of articles on most baseball sites and, as a content-generator, he was nearly unparalleled. No longer will we see #HochevarMeltDownInning on Twitter. Nor will we see tweets expressing their new-found love for Hochevar and his untouchable stuff from the pen.

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  • Nick

    So, now that we know that Hochevar is out because of Tommy John surgery, does that free up enough money to go get Santana signed and move Chen back to the pen? Savings of around 4.5 mil? What do you all think, is it time for David Glass to loosen up those purse strings a little more? I’m sure he will be getting some insurance money coming back as a result of Hoch’s injury.

    • Tyler_KC_Fan

      Royals aren’t getting any money back from Hoch and if they do it wont be anything significant enough to even think of bring Santana back.

      Glass won’t “loosen up those purse strings a little more” because the purse is already completely open, dumped out, and shacken a few times to get those pennies that fell out of the wallet out of the purse. The Royals are maxed out right now with $98M spent this year. The money that would be used to sign Santana would be coming directly from Glass wallet. Now, would you spend $15M+ of your own money on a player that won’t come back next year again? Highly doubt it. He may be extremely rich, but he got that way by not wasting money. Unless he is garanteed to sign a long term deal after this year, no one would spend that much of their own money. The only way the Royals become a bigger market team and have the ability to constantly spend money, in my opinion, is done in two way. 1. They get a bigger television contract (but we are tied into our contract for a couple more years.) 2. We raise ticket prices (and based on peoples reactions to the Opening Day ticket prices I highly doubt people are going to be okay with losing their $15 tickets).

      Santana will end up in Seattle or Philly, but he won’t be a Royal again.

  • Joel Wagler

    They still have to pay his salary. ..guaranteed

  • jimfetterolf

    I wouldn’t pay much attention to anything Sam says. I expect Luke to be signed cheap with big incentives for ’15 and probably an option for ’16. Dayton Moore won’t hang him out to dry, just not his style.