September 12, 2013 2:01 PM

Where does Hochevar fit in Royals’ future? To be decided...

What’s the future hold for Royals right-hander Luke Hochevar now that he has blossomed into a shutdown reliever after years of maddening inconsistency in the rotation? “I don’t know,” he said, “and I don’t really think about it.” Any decision is, of course, on hold as the Royals close out their most meaningful September in more than a generation. They entered Thursday’s open date in their schedule just two games out in the wild-card chase.

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