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Royals RHP Hochevar to have Tommy John surgery

March 7th, 2014 3:06 pm by Associated Press

Royals RHP Hochevar to have Tommy John surgery

Royals RHP Luke Hochevar (AP)

SURPRISE, Ariz. — Kansas City Royals right-hander Luke Hochevar will have Tommy John surgery that will sideline him for the season.

Hochevar felt a twinge in his elbow during a two-inning scoreless outing Monday against the Chicago White Sox. An MRI on Tuesday revealed the severity of the injury and it was confirmed Thursday by another doctor.

The Royals said Friday that Hochevar would have the surgery to replace a ligament in his elbow.

The 30-year-old former University of Tennessee pitcher went 5-2 with a 1.92 ERA and two saves in 58 relief appearances last season. He was switched to the bullpen last year after going 38-59 with a 5.44 ERA in 128 career starts.

Hochevar was the first player picked in the 2006 draft. He will make $5.21 million this year and is eligible for free agency after this season.

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