Meche to join the Royals' bullpen

Meche to join the Royals' bullpen

KANSAS CITY -- The Royals' first September callup has been announced -- a pitcher named Gil Meche.

"His next outing will be here," manager Ned Yost said on Monday. "He'll throw a side session today and we'll probably activate him on the first [of September]."

Meche, retooling himself as a reliever, has been tuning up with Triple-A Omaha and is expected to join the Royals' bullpen on Wednesday, the first day that Major League rosters can be expanded beyond 25 players.

The rest of the callups haven't been announced although Yost expects to discuss it on Tuesday with general manager Dayton Moore.

"We seriously have not discussed it yet," Yost said.

Starting pitchers Luke Hochevar and Brian Bannister, though, probably will be activated in the next week or so after each throws another rehab start for Omaha. Upon their return to the Majors, Yost has them penciled in to share a start on or about Sept. 8.

"We'll do that twice and then we'll split 'em up," Yost said.

Hochevar will pitch for Omaha on Thursday against Round Rock. His first outing of two innings on Saturday went well.

"At this point, I don't feel like my elbow is an issue any more. It's just a matter of getting back to pitching and getting back to being comfortable on the mound," he said. "It felt good to finally get out there again and start competing. That's what I enjoy, that what I live for -- competing. That makes me happy."