Royals taking extra precaution with Hochevar

Coming back from Tommy John surgery, righty won't throw again until Monday

Royals taking extra precaution with Hochevar

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Right-hander Luke Hochevar, who made his first Cactus League appearance Thursday, will not throw again until Monday, manager Ned Yost said.

The Royals are being extra cautious with Hochevar, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery last March.

"We're not going to rush anything with him," Yost said.

Yost has indicated there is a chance that Hochevar may not break camp with the club and could start the season on a rehab assignment at Triple-A Omaha.

Duffy, Hochevar take the mound

"We'll just have to see how it goes with Luke," Yost said. "Only his body will be able to tell us if he [will make the 25-man roster]."

The Royals do have tremendous depth in the bullpen, even if Hochevar is sent out on a rehab assignment. They still have six or seven pitchers fighting for just two or three spots left in the 'pen.

"No matter what happens," Yost said, "we're going to have a very strong bullpen."

Young's next outing: Right-hander Chris Young, signed last week, is a lock to take a spot in the bullpen. Young's first Cactus League outing came Friday and he also will make his next appearance Monday.

Gordon's at-bats: Left fielder Alex Gordon, recovering from December wrist surgery, will begin taking live (against pitchers) batting practice on Monday at the Minor League complex. He also will participate in some Minor League intrasquad games.

"If all goes well, we'll get him in some Minor League games at the end of the week," Yost said.

Jeffrey Flanagan is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter at @jflanagankc. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.