Royals RHP Luke Hochevar having season-ending Tommy John surgery

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FILE - In this Sept. 3, 2013, file photo, Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Luke Hochevar delivers to a Seattle Mariners batter during a baseball game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. Hochevar likely will miss at least the first two months of the season because of a sprained ligament in his right elbow. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner, File)

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SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Kansas City Royals right-hander Luke Hochevar will have Tommy John surgery that will sideline the pitcher 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 Hochevar 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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