Soria placed on 15-day DL

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- All-Star closer Joakim Soria has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a shoulder injury, and the Kansas City Royals have recalled right-hander Luke Hochevar from Triple-A Omaha.

Soria was second in the AL last year with 42 saves. He has seven saves in seven chances this season and is 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA.

Hampered by lingering soreness in his right shoulder, he's appeared in only eight games. The Royals said Sunday he was diagnosed with a strained right rotator cuff and they were uncertain when he might return.

Monday, according to the Kansas City Star, Royals general manager Drayton Moore said he can't be sure whether Soria's participation in the World Baseball Classic for Mexico has anything to do with his being placed on the DL. But he has his doubts.

"I don't think it helps," Moore said, according to the report. "We couldn't control his work. If you can't control a pitcher's workload and you can't script their preparation during spring training, it's a problem."

Hochevar, the No. 1 pick in the 2006 draft was 5-0 with a 0.90 ERA at Omaha. The Royals said he will start Tuesday at Oakland in place of Sidney Ponson, who moves to the bullpen.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.