Hochevar expected to start vs. Tigers

Updated: April 3, 2010, 12:27 AM ET
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Kansas City Royals starter Luke Hochevar pitched only four innings in his final spring training start after taking a comebacker off his left ankle.

The Royals say Hochevar has a bruised left ankle.

Hochevar didn't return for the start of the fifth inning Friday night at Texas after a ball hit by David Murphy ricocheted off his ankle. The ball rolled toward first baseman Billy Butler, who picked it up and tagged out the runner for the third out.

Manager Trey Hillman said Hochevar was OK and would make his first regular-season start as scheduled Wednesday at home against Detroit.

"It's fine. I could have gone back out," said Hochevar, who was only 12 pitches shy of his 60-pitch limit. "We decided to stay on the safe side, come in and get some ice. ... No problems, no pain at all."

The only hit Hochevar allowed as an infield single to Rangers leadoff hitter Julio Borbon in the first. The right-hander struck out one and walked one. In his previous start, he gave up six runs and nine hits in five innings.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.