Can the Royals’ bullpen get even better? Luke Hochevar set to return from Tommy John surgery

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Tonight the Royals’ MLB-best bullpen and its 1.00 ERA are expected to get closer Greg Holland back from the disabled list and Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports that they’re also likely to get setup man Luke Hochevar back this weekend.

Hochevar missed all of last season following Tommy John elbow surgery and was a terrible starter from 2007-2012, but the former No. 1 overall pick thrived after shifting to the bullpen full time in 2013 with a 1.92 ERA and 82/17 K/BB ratio in 70 innings.

If he returns to pick up anywhere near where he left off the Royals’ bullpen is going to be ridiculously scary, with Holland ranking as one of the elite closers in baseball and his setup men consisting of Wade Davis, Kelvin Herrera, Ryan Madson, Franklin Morales, Jason Frasor, and Hochevar.

Mets scratch Jacob deGrom due to neck tightness

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PHILADELPHIA — The New York Mets have scratched two-time NL Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom from his start against the Phillies on Friday.

DeGrom says he has neck tightness, but “everything is fine structurally” and he doesn’t plan to go on the injury list. The right-hander felt soreness playing catch after his last start. He threw from the mound Thursday and thought he could still pitch the opener of a three-game series in Philadelphia but will skip the outing as a precaution.

DeGrom is 2-0 with a 2.45 ERA in four starts this season.