Monday, May 11, 2009

Hochevar Recalled; Soria to the DL

One of the obvious benefits to having depth in an organization is having options. The Royals have decided to recall Luke Hochevar from Omaha, who has been dominant down there (5-0, 0.90 ERA), to take Sidney Ponson’s spot in the starting rotation. Ponson will move to the bullpen. No further roster moves will need to be made to accommodate the changes because Joakim Soria was also placed on the 15-day DL.

Hochevar deserves another shot at the rotation. He pitched well this spring and he’s been Greinke-like in Omaha. Ponson has limited experience out of the pen, but assuming he can make the transition, he’ll bring an experienced arm to the middle innings. Putting Soria on the DL is a good move. He hasn’t been right since the season started. Hillman is saying he’ll go with closer by committee for now, but presumably Juan Cruz will get the majority of the opportunities to close games.

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