Luke Hochevar rejoins Royals after Tommy John surgery

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As expected the Royals have activated reliever Luke Hochevar from the disabled list, completing the former No. 1 overall pick’s comeback from Tommy John elbow surgery.

It’ll be interesting to see what role manager Ned Yost has in mind for Hochevar initially, because the Royals’ bullpen is insanely good and ridiculously deep right now and Hochevar hasn’t pitched in a big-league game since 2013.

He was great then, throwing 70 innings with a 1.92 ERA and 82/17 K/BB ratio after moving from the rotation to the bullpen for the first time.

To make room on the roster the Royals optioned left-hander Brandon Finnegan back to Double-A.

Report: Pirates sign Felipe Rivero to four-year contract extension

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Pirates will sign reliever Felipe Rivero to a four-year contract extension that includes two club options. The total value of the deal is believed to be $22 million and each club option is worth $10 million.

Rivero, 26, did not come to an agreement with the Pirates to avoid arbitration in his first year of eligibility ahead of last Friday’s deadline. He requested a $2.9 million salary for the 2018 season while the Pirates countered at $2.4 million. This extension will cover all four years of Rivero’s arbitration eligibility and the two club options can cover his first two years of free agency as well.

Rivero was one of baseball’s best relievers last season, finishing with 21 saves, a 1.67 ERA, and an 88/20 K/BB ratio in 75 1/3 innings. The Pirates acquired him from the Nationals along with minor leaguer Taylor Hearn ahead of the 2016 non-waiver trade deadline in the Mark Melancon deal.

Presumably, Rivero’s extension was in the works before he knew anything about the Andrew McCutchen trade. He made a couple of tweets following this afternoon’s news. In one, he used only the “facepalm” emoji. The other was a .gif of The Office character Jim Halpert yelling, “What is going on?”