KANSAS CITY -- Royals starter Luke Hochevar on Friday night said results were good from an MRI test on his sprained right elbow, which has kept him on the disabled list since June 12.

"We did it just to be sure we're on track and the preliminary readings were really good, so we're ready to start forward on him, too," manager Ned Yost said.

"With this MRI, they ended up shooting dye in his elbow, so it's going to take a couple days to get that dye and that fluid out of there and once that fluid's out of there, he'll be back getting after it again."

Rehabbing Meche tosses simulated game

KANSAS CITY -- Gil Meche came into the Royals' clubhouse drenched with sweat, cap to spikes. He looked whipped. How did he feel?

"Like I'll faint, like I'll throw up," he gasped.

Meche had just thrown the equivalent of four innings on the scorching mound at Kauffman Stadium on Friday afternoon when the temperature was logged as 93 degrees. Meche had his own heat index.

"I just got real tired," he said. "It feels like 150 degrees out there. I should've put on a thin T-shirt and shorts. I don't know why I put all this on."

Meche was decked out in his full No. 55 uniform as he threw a simulated game of sorts, tossing 15 pitches in each "inning" to teammate Brayan Pena. He threw all his pitches except the curveball with Pena taking some hacks.

"He didn't hit anything out," manager Ned Yost said with a grin, "so that means it went pretty well for Gil."

The good news: Meche's troublesome shoulder, which put him on the disabled list after he pitched on May 25, felt pretty good, all things considered.

"It didn't feel strong like it did the other day [in Chicago]," Meche said. "It got weak and my legs got weak. When your legs get weak, you're done."

With a 30-pitch warmup, eight pitches between each inning and 60 "competitive" pitches, he had a rigorous workout.

"He got through it fine, no problems. He threw the ball pretty good," Yost said, although he added that Meche's mechanics were "at times, a little herky-jerky."

Meche admittedly is getting antsy to go out to a Minor League injury rehabilitation assignment and reclaim his spot in the Royals' rotation.

But Yost believes Meche will need at least two more throwing sessions before he's ready.

"We're getting closer, but there's still a little ways to go," Yost said.

Yost optimistic about second half

KANSAS CITY -- Even though the Royals were 11 games out as their All-Star break ended, manager Ned Yost wasn't throwing in the towel. He was with Atlanta teams that overcame a similar deficit.

"My experience is we've been 10 games out before on teams I've been with at the All-Star break and have won," Yost said. "So in terms of that: 1, it can happen, and 2, my mindset is that if you don't think you're in it, you're not in it. So even up to where you're mathematically eliminated, you better think you're in it. That's got to be your mindset. If you do not think you're in it, then you're not and there ain't no sense in playing."

With such players as third baseman Mike Moustakas moving up rapidly, Yost sees a good future for the Royals.

"My mindset is to continue doing what we're doing and see where we are in September. Do I think we have a lot better chance in two years of being a consistent winner compared to now? Yes," Yost said. "So my mindset is to continue to build our organization, continue to get our attitude right, continue to get our program right so that when those kids get here, we can hit the ground running with them and win on a consistent basis with them, year in and year out. Now if we can get a piece or two to add to that group that's going to help us win in the future when we're going to be more consistent competitors, let's look at it."

Those pieces could come in the heat of the midsummer trading season, and the Royals are sure to be part of the prevalent rumors. Already, David DeJesus reportedly has interested the Red Sox and Jose Guillen has been linked to the Giants.

"It's a balance in what we're trying to accomplish today and what we're trying to accomplish tomorrow. ... Just because we trade a Guillen or a DeJesus, that opens up spots for other players to come in that are going to help us, too. So it's not like you're just selling the farm," Yost said. "If we make a deal for a guy, it doesn't mean we're cashing in our chips."

Head for the Cure activities begin Saturday

KANSAS CITY -- The Head for the Cure Foundation, dedicated to raising awareness and funding for brain cancer research, will begin its summer activities with a group night at Kauffman Stadium.

Head for the Cure ticket packages, $15, include a discounted ticket to Saturday night's Royals-A's game, a Head for the K headband and wristband set, an $8 contribution to the foundation and access to 610 Saturdays pregame entertainment. Orders can be placed at www.royals.com/headforthecure.

The Royals lost manager Dick Howser and former bullpen ace Dan Quisenberry to brain cancer.

Worth noting

Third baseman Mike Moustakas was 0-for-4 in his first game for Triple-A Omaha, a 3-1 win at Nashville. ... Catcher Wil Myers, since being promoted to Advanced Class A Wilmington, is hitting .413 (19-for-46) in l4 games. ... The first 20,000 fans at Saturday night's game against the Athletics will receive a cap with the interlocking KC logo the A's used while calling Kansas City home. But the caps have the Royals' blue-and-white color scheme. ... The "Ride to the K" tailgate for motorcyclists will begin at 3 p.m. CT on Saturday in Lot A. All ticket purchases, which must be made in advance, include a commemorative Ride to the K patch, a donation to City Union Mission, and access to the tailgate. All motorcycles can enter and park for free through Gate 3 (on the southeast side of the Stadium) off of Blue Ridge Cutoff. ... The Royals signed outfielder Whit Merrifield, their ninth-round Draft choice from the University of South Carolina and assigned him to Class A Burlington.