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.
The Rays acquired minor league reliever Drew Smith from the Tigers on Friday, per a team announcement. The move will close the loop on the trade the two teams began in January for backup outfielder Mikie Mahtook.
Smith, 23, pitched his first full season in Single-A West Michigan in 2016, turning in a 2.96 ERA, 4.3 BB/9 and 11.5 SO/9 in 48 2/3 innings. The right-hander is still several levels away from making any impact on the Rays’ major league roster, but appears to be progressing steadily in two seasons of pro ball and has delivered two runs, four walks and 12 strikeouts in his first 11 2/3 innings at High-A Lakeland this season. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that he’ll be reassigned to the Rays’ High-A Charlotte this week.
The Yankees have activated shortstop Didi Gregorius from the 10-day disabled list, the club announced on Friday. Infielder Pete Kozma was designated for assignment to clear roster space.
Gregorius, 27, suffered a strained right shoulder while playing in the World Baseball Classic last month. He’s in Friday’s starting lineup, batting sixth against the Orioles.
Last season, Gregorius hit .276/.304/.447 with 20 home runs and 70 RBI in 597 plate appearances.