Royals pitchers Hochevar, Paulino on mend

Royals pitchers Hochevar, Paulino on mend

Royals pitchers Hochevar, Paulino on mend
KANSAS CITY -- A pair of banged-up Royals starters are on their way back to the mound.

Royals manager Ned Yost gave a favorable review of Luke Hochevar's health.

Hochevar took a line drive off his ankle in Friday's game against the Indians. He left the game, and it is unclear whether he will make his next start. But, he threw on Sunday, and Yost was pleased.

"Hoch went out and threw [Sunday] and actually is OK," Yost said before Sunday's series finale against the Indians. "Still sore, a little bit, but making great progress. We're kind of going day to day with him."

Yost also announced the immediate future of another injured hurler, Felipe Paulino.

Paulino has been on the disabled list since the end of Spring Training with a right forearm strain. The right-hander will head to Arizona for extended spring training and compete in some games so he can get his pitch count up.

"We're going to right now keep him in Arizona, where we can control the innings," Yost said. "Make sure to get all the pitches that we want him to get. You get him in a Minor League game, and it makes it a little more difficult. He has a big, long inning. This way, you can control the innings, you can control his pitch count and make sure he gets done exactly what we want him to do."