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Luke Hochevar nears end of rehab assignment with Class AAA Omaha

Kansas City Royals pitcher Luke Hochevar
Kansas City Royals pitcher Luke Hochevar The Kansas City Star

On Tuesday night, facing the Oklahoma City Dodgers, Luke Hochevar completed his third outing in the past six days.

He was scheduled to pitch with only one day of rest for three consecutive outings, but rain postponed Monday’s game. So Hochevar went back to work on Tuesday, where he gave up a hit, issued a walk and struck out a batter in a scoreless inning for Class AAA Omaha.

“He’s getting closer,” manager Ned Yost said.

Hochevar is nearing the end of his 30-day rehabilitation assignment as he rebuilds arm strength after Tommy John surgery last year. Yost relayed Hochevar’s schedule for the next week.

Here it goes:

1. Hochevar will pitch two innings on Friday.

2. He will throw one inning, with a 25-pitch limit, on May 5.

3. He will throw one inning, with a 25-pitch limit, on May 7.

At that point, the club will determine his big-league readiness. Yost is confident Hochevar can contribute, but he may require some time to adjust to the rigors of big-league competition.

“It’s going to take time for Hoch,” Yost said. “Getting back in the swing of things, after Tommy John, it generally takes some time. He’s throwing good, but to get back to where he was, it’ll probably be middle of the year, on.”

FROM THE STAR

1. In an ugly game, Kendrys Morales unleashed a swing that was a thing of beauty.

2. The Royals are discussing a pursuit of DFA’d catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

3. Greg Holland threw a bullpen session on Tuesday, and could be ready to return by next week.

4. Here is the transcript from Tuesday’s chat.

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33.4 percent.

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