Hochevar likely to make Saturday's start

Hochevar likely to be recalled

ST. PETERSBURG -- Luke Hochevar is expected to be recalled from Triple-A Omaha to make Saturday's start for the Royals at Toronto.

Asked who the starter would be, manager Trey Hillman said only: "I have a good idea."

The tipoff was that Hochevar was pulled after just two innings and 33 pitches in his Tuesday start for Omaha. With that warmup, he'll have three days to rest for his Toronto start.

Hochevar faced 10 Round Rock batters and gave up two runs on five hits and a walk during his outing Tuesday. Since being optioned to Omaha on May 23, he's pitched two games and eight innings with one loss, giving up five runs -- four earned -- on 13 hits. Overall, his Triple-A mark is 5-1 with a 1.50 ERA in eight games.

Hochevar was recalled May 10 and made three starts, posting an 0-2 record with a 10.80 ERA. His last outing was his best, when he pitched into the seventh inning at St. Louis and allowed the Cardinals four runs.

When Hochevar was sent out, the Royals went to a four-man rotation because of off-days. The unspoken intent was to bring him back for this start. That was solidified Tuesday, when Sidney Ponson, who had started six games earlier and was a possible option, went on the 15-day disabled list.

Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.