Hochevar, Sanchez swap turns in rotation

Hochevar, Sanchez swap turns in rotation

MINNEAPOLIS -- Luke Hochevar will get his first shot at the Detroit Tigers a day earlier than expected.

Hochevar was moved into Monday night's starting slot when Jonathan Sanchez, the scheduled starter, became ill on Saturday. Sanchez is expected to be recovered and ready to pitch on Tuesday night at Detroit.

"We'll give him an extra day to recover," manager Ned Yost said.

The move put Hochevar back on the mound after a normal four days of rest even though the rotation was pushed ahead a day by Saturday's rainout.

It also restores the original order to the Royals' rotation -- Bruce Chen, Hochevar, Sanchez, Luis Mendoza and Danny Duffy. The order got juggled when Hochevar was struck on the ankle by a line drive on April 13 and he missed his regular turn. The ankle is reported to be sound now, although it appeared to have bothered him a bit in his last two starts.

Hochevar is 4-4 with a 5.25 ERA against the Tigers in his career. Last year he was 2-1 against them.