The Royals announced they have placed reliever Luke Hochevar on the disabled list with thoracic outlet syndrome and will recall reliever Brooks Pounders from Omaha. Thoracic outlet syndrome is the same condition top prospect Kyle Zimmer was recently diagnosed with, and it has also caused the end of the season for Mets pitcher Matt Harvey.
Thoracic outlet syndrome is a rare diagnosis in baseball that affects nerves and blood getting to the arm. It can cause pain and discomfort and has been difficult to diagnose. The procedure to correct the syndrome usually involves removing a rib, to allow greater flow of blood and more room for nerves. An operation is typically season-ending.
The Royals hold a $7 million mutual option on Luke Hochevar that will likely be declined, making him a free agent. He had a 3.86 ERA in 37 1/3 innings this year and was considered a trade target for next week's deadline.
Brooks Pounders was called up a few weeks ago and gave up six runs in four innings of work. The 25-year old right-hander had a 2.82 ERA in 70 1/3 innings of work for Omaha this year.