Soria goes on DL; Hochevar recalled to start

The Royals placed closer Joakim Soria on the 15-day disabled list after Sunday’s game at Anaheim because of lingering soreness in his right shoulder.

Pitcher Luke Hochevar was recalled from Triple-A Omaha to take Soria’s place on the roster and Sidney Ponson’s place in the starting rotation. Hochevar will start on Tuesday night at Oakland, moving Ponson into the bullpen.

Hochevar has a 5-0 record in starts for Omaha with a 0.90 ERA.

There was no immediate estimate on how long Soria might be sidelined. He last pitched on Thursday against Seattle in a rocky but successful 29-pitch outing. His DL stay is retroactive to Friday.

Soria has appeared in just eight of the Royals’ 30 games. He had seven saves in seven chances, a 1-0 record, a 2.08 ERA and 10 strikeouts in 8 2/3 innings.

–Dick Kaegel 

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Different subject — HOW LONG ARE THE ROYALS GOING TO LET AVILES STAND UP THERE & SWING LIKE MY FRESHMAN KIDS ON MY CLASS 1 HIGH SCHOOL TEAM WHO ARE SCARED OF THE BALL? Nobody has ever had any success in the major leagues (including Aviles himself) starting with an open stance, then stepping in the bucket. I don’t have access to last year’s video, but there is no freakin’ way that he hit with those lower body mechanics last year. It makes me sick to watch. I’m 36 years old and can’t break 82 mph, but even I could get a MLB player out 8 of 10 times if he’s gonna hit with those mechanics. AND YES, I’M FRUSTRATED WITH EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS LOSING STREAK. PUT A STOP TO IT, ZACK!

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