Kansas City Royals pitcher Luke Hochevar will start 2015 on the disabled list, manager Ned Yost confirmed Tuesday.
Hochevar, a 31-year-old righthander, is coming off of Tommy John surgery last year that kept him out of action for the entirety of the 2014 season. The team handled him especially cautiously this spring training, limiting his appearances to once every three games, according to Rotoworld.
Despite not pitching all of last year, the Royals signed Hochevar to a two-year, $10 million contract extension in December.
Kansas City took Hochevar out of Fowler High School in Fowler, Colo., with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2006 MLB draft.
In 2013, after being shifted predominantly to relief pitching duties, he went 5-2 with a 1.92 ERA and 0.82 WHIP and 82 strikeouts in 70 1/3 innings. He spent the majority of his first six seasons with the team as a starter.
- Will Green