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The Royals announced today that the club has agreed to terms on one-year Major League contracts with right-handed pitchers Luke Hochevar and Felipe Paulino, and left-handed pitcher Jonathan Sanchez for the 2012 season, avoiding arbitration with all three. Consistent with club policy, terms of the contracts were not disclosed. Outfielder Alex Gordon is the Royals lone remaining arbitration-eligible player.
The 28-year-old Hochevar compiled an 11-11 record with a 4.68 ERA in 31 starts in 2011. He set career bests in wins, starts, innings (198.0), strikeouts (128) and quality starts (16). The Royals Opening Day starter last season was 6-3 with a 3.52 ERA in 12 starts following the All-Star break, holding opponents to a .222 average which ranked sixth in the American League among starters. The first-overall selection in the 2006 June Free Agent Draft resides in Knoxville, Tenn., with his wife, Ashley, and daughter, Laney.
Paulino, 28, joined the Royals on May 26, 2011 in a trade with the Colorado Rockies for cash considerations. He was 4-6 with a 4.11 ERA in 21 games (20 starts) for Kansas City following the deal, striking out 119 in 124.2 innings. He struck out 8.59 hitters per nine innings as a Royal, which ranks as the fifth-best in franchise history among hurlers with at least 120 innings. Paulino followed up his 2011 campaign by being selected as a member of the MLB All-Star team that toured Taiwan in early November, starting the third game of the five-game exhibition series. Paulino initially signed with the Houston Astros as a non-drafted free agent on July 2, 2001. Born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, he now resides in Pearland, Texas, with his wife, Paola, and daughter, Victoria.
Sanchez, 29, was acquired from San Francisco with left-handed pitcher Ryan Verdugo on November 7, 2011 in exchange for outfielder Melky Cabrera. He has posted a 3.75 ERA over his last three seasons with the Giants in 85 games (81 starts). In 2011, Sanchez was 4-7 with a 4.26 ERA in 19 starts before missing the final month and a half with a left ankle sprain. He posted a breakout 2010 campaign for the World Series champions, going 13-9 with a 3.07 ERA, tossing 5.0 shutout innings in Game 162 vs. San Diego as the Giants clinched the N.L. West. The 6-foot-2, 198-pounder is 38-46 with a 4.26 ERA in 174 career outings, including 118 starts. He tossed the 13th no-hitter in Giants history on July 10, 2009 vs. San Diego. Sanchez has posted 736 strikeouts in 708.0 innings, a rate of 9.355 strikeouts per nine innings which ranks as the third-best in baseball (min. 700 IP) since 2006, trailing the Giants’ Tim Lincecum (9.87) and the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw (9.360), who have won three of the last four National League Cy Young Awards. Sanchez was born in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, and now resides in Sabana Grande, Puerto Rico. He has one son, Christian.
Right-handed starting pitcher Luke Hochevar is gearing up for Opening Day at Kauffman Stadium and looking to start the season off the right way. Hochevar, who will be making his first Opening Day start, is confident when it comes to approaching hitters and is looking to become more of a leader on and off the mound. He repeatedly expressed a desire to establish his own identity as the ace of the pitching staff.
Despite having a young bullpen, Hochevar believes that the Royals have a good, solid group. With a 20-10-1 spring training record under their belt for 2011, Hochevar knows that the club starts the season with a new level of confidence and a belief in the guy next to you. Hochevar said that with a more aggressive focus on scoring runs combined with better speed and athleticism out of Spring Training, it should give Royals fans everywhere a glimpse of what to expect throughout the season.
Hochevar acknowledged that there will be added emotions for Opening Day, but he expects to thrive off those high expectations which allow for him to pick up his focus and makes his role that much more important.
The Royals Caravan headed to St. Joseph, Mo., and Omaha, Neb., on Thursday. Alex Gordon, Luke Hochevar, Frank White and John Mayberry traveled on the Caravan Bus to meet 200 fans near the salad bar at Hy-Vee in St. Joe. They went room-to-room talking with kids at the Omaha Children’s Hospital and then visited with 350 Royals fans at the Omaha Storm Chasers event.
Mitch Maier was to join the crew, but his flight was canceled during the big snow storm that blanketed Kansas City on Wednesday Night. Mitch will have to join Gordon’s homecoming to the Cornhusker state next year!
The Royals will launch the 2011 Royals Caravan presented by Fox Sports Kansas City as they visit fans in St. Joseph, Mo., and Omaha, Neb., on Thursday, January 20. A number of current Royals players and front office officials, as well as Royals legends, will take part in the annual Caravan event with trips to Midwestern towns throughout January.
This Caravan trip will include Royals outfielders Alex Gordon and Mitch Maier, pitcher Luke Hochevar and Royals Hall of Famers John Mayberry and Frank White. A tentative schedule of Caravan events is listed below and at royals.com/caravan.
Following the one-day trip, the club will host the marquee off-season event, Royals FanFest, taking place on January 21-22 at the Overland Park Convention Center in Overland Park, Kan. The best place for fans to meet their favorite Royals, FanFest features appearances from more than 40 current, former and future players, interactive games for fans of all ages, main stage programming and much more. Additional details can be found at royals.com/fanfest.
2011 Royals Caravan presented by Fox Sports Kansas City
North Caravan Trip: Thursday, January 20
Participants: Alex Gordon, Luke Hochevar, Mitch Maier, John Mayberry, Frank White
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Meet & Greet at Hy-Vee – 201 N. Belt Hwy. in St. Joseph (Hosted by KFEQ Radio and St. Joseph Cablevision)
4-5 p.m.: Visit kids undergoing treatment at Omaha Children’s Hospital – 8200 Dodge St. in Omaha (Hosted by Omaha Storm Chasers)
*Private event, but members of the media are welcome to attend
5:30-7:30 p.m.: Meet & Greet at Ultimate Baseball Academy – 4225 S. 121st St. in Omaha (Hosted by Omaha Storm Chasers)
On Wednesday night, the Royals agreed to terms with right-handed pitcher Luke Hochevar on a one-year contract for 2011, avoiding arbitration. Consistent with club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.
The 27-year-old Hochevar was 6-6 with a 4.81 ERA in 18 games, including 17 starts, for the Royals in 2010. He missed two and a half months with a right elbow strain before returning to the big league club in September. The Royals’ first-overall selection in the 2006 June Free Agent Draft is 19-32 with a 5.60 ERA in 69 career Major League appearances, including 65 starts.
Catching up on Kendall
According to Yost, Jason Kendall is doing pretty well after having extensive shoulder surgery. He is currently still locked up in a sling and recently returned from a doctor’s visit in California where he performed minor rehab exercises. Yost believes the catcher is on schedule and may even be a bit ahead.
Pena’s positives and negatives
One goal of Yost’s in the past few weeks has been to look at new guys, but he also wants to achieve the main objective of winning games. Consequently, Yost has had to alter his plan of splitting playing time between Brayan Pena and Lucas May because he admits it has been difficult to take Pena’s hot bat out of the lineup. Yost added that he thinks Pena’s offensive performance has been good, but his defensive performance has been mixed. He thinks Pena needs to get in better shape and improve his agility behind the plate in order to become an everyday catcher. Yost also said his number one priority when it comes to catchers is finding someone who can catch the ball, throw guys out, block balls in the dirt, and call a good game–hitting takes a back seat.
Chris Getz passed his first stage of tests yesterday, which included trials on the treadmill and elliptical, and he is expected to move to the second stage, which consists of running outside. If all goes well, Yost said Getz will play in the next day or so.
Starting pitcher Luke Hochevar will throw without restrictions in today’s game. The manager anticipates Hoch tossing somewhere between 90-100 pitches.
When asked what he thought about tonight’s starter, Sean O’Sullivan, making progress this season, Yost said it’s hard to judge the progress of a kid like O’Sullivan because he’s trying to make his mark in the big leagues. Yost also said the pitcher needs to continue working on keeping the ball down consistently, which is a struggle due to his mechanics. He added that while O’Sullivan is working on his mechanical issues, it’s still hard for him to make adjustments because he can’t think about them on the mound while he’s trying to win ballgames.
Battle at the bottom
Yost said he definitely doesn’t want to finish in last place in the division, but he finds the “battle” for fourth place between Kansas City and Cleveland a little odd because finishing second-to-last isn’t where he’d like to be either.
According to Yost, Luke Hochevar has been throwing alright, though his command has been off a bit and the pitcher still isn’t where he was before his injury. Yost’s focus, however, is on keeping Hochevar healthy, so he is strong and ready for next year.
Under the knife
Jason Kendall had extensive surgery today to repair three of the four muscles that attach to the rotator cuff. When doctors got into the shoulder, it was discovered that two of the muscles were completely torn off the bone. Yost said the doctor feels good about the procedure and Kendall will just have to take things month by month. Yost added that this is not something you should rush, and he knows the ever-eager Kendall will have to be reminded daily that he needs to be patient and smart about his recovery. Kendall should return to Kansas City at some point this weekend.
Yost also commented on Brian Bannister and Luke Hochevar’s return to active duty, saying the two will “piggyback” next Tuesday night at Minnesota. Bannister will make the start and Hochevar will follow. The moves will put Bryan Bullington back in the bullpen.
The Royals have returned right-handed pitcher Gil Meche and infielder Josh Fields from their respective rehab assignments and reinstated them from the 60-day Disabled List. In addition, the club has recalled catcher Lucas May from Omaha. To create space on the 40-man roster, the Royals have transferred right-handed pitcher Luke Hochevar and outfielder David DeJesus to the 60-day D.L. Meche, Fields and May will be in uniform for tonight’s game. May will wear No. 22.
Meche, 31, has missed 86 games with right shoulder bursitis. He was 0-4 with a 6.66 ERA in nine starts for the Royals prior to being placed on the D.L. on May 29 (retroactive to May 26). Meche returns to the Majors in a relief capacity, where he made his final three rehab appearances for Omaha, allowing one run on two hits in 4.2 innings, striking out five.
The 27-year-old Fields is looking to make his Royals debut after being acquired with Chris Getz on November 5, 2009 from the White Sox for Mark Teahen. He underwent labral surgery on his right hip toward the tail end of Spring Training and was placed on the D.L. on March 28. Fields began a rehab assignment with Surprise on August 12 and went 4-for-10 with four RBI for the Royals’ rookie-level club before hitting .436 (17-for-39) with eight doubles and 9 RBI in 11 games for Northwest Arkansas (AA).
May, 25, was acquired by the Royals on July 28 from the Dodgers in the deal that sent outfielder Scott Podsednik to Los Angeles. The five-foot-11, 195-pounder is making his first appearance on a Major League active roster. May was hitting .275 (25-for-91) for Omaha with seven doubles, five home runs and 13 RBI in 24 games. In 104 games this season, he has combined to bat .283 with 16 home runs and 59 RBI, posting a .483 slugging percentage.
Hochevar is currently on a rehab assignment at Omaha. He has been sidelined since June 16 (retroactive to June 12) with a right elbow sprain. He is currently eligible for reinstatement.
DeJesus has missed the past 37 games with a right thumb sprain suffered on July 22 at Yankee Stadium. The outfielder is eligible to be reinstated on September 21.
Last night’s events were frustrating for Yost because he had to burn a pitcher even though everyone knew a storm was blowing in. He said the team will try its best to get through tonight’s 18 innings without using yesterday’s starter, Sean O’Sullivan. Yost added that it wouldn’t be earth-shattering to use Sully and he knows the pitcher could do it, but he feels it is unnecessary to take that chance. Look for O’Sullivan to be available to toss a couple innings of relief work in tomorrow’s contest, if needed. That would be his normal side day.
Yost said Luke Hochevar looked great as he threw 25 pitches today. He also claimed the righty looked unhittable and without a doubt passed the test. The next step for Hochevar is to toss another session on Tuesday in Detroit. The number of pitches will increase to 30-35, and Hoch will throw 15-18, sit down for five minutes to simulate an inning break, and will then throw the rest. If all goes well, the pitcher will be sent on a rehab start next Saturday.
Additionally, Brian Bannister will make a rehab appearance on Monday in Omaha. Yost expects Banny to toss 25-30 pitches over 2.0 frames. Gil Meche will pitch in relief tonight for Omaha as well.