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Royals place Luke Hochevar on rehab stint with Class AAA Omaha

Relief pitcher Luke Hochevar will start the year on the disabled list.
Relief pitcher Luke Hochevar will start the year on the disabled list. The Kansas City Star

The Royals completed a procedural maneuver with reliever Luke Hochevar as they placed him on a rehabilitation assignment with Class AAA Omaha. Hochevar began the season with the Storm Chasers in New Orleans on Sunday night.

Hochevar has been on the 15-day disabled list since undergoing Tommy John surgery last March.

The organization hopes Hochevar can contribute at the big-league level by May. A rehab assignment for a pitcher lasts 30 days.

In order to earn a call-up, Hochevar must show his arm can handle the strain of pitching on back-to-back days. He has yet to appear in a game after less than two days of rest.

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