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Luke Hochevar of Kansas City Royals to have season-ending surgery

Right-handed reliever Luke Hochevar of the Kansas City Royals will have Tommy John surgery that will sideline him for the season. He had a 1.92 earned-run average last year.

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

Hochevar, 30, felt a twinge in his elbow on the next-to-last pitch of a scoreless two-inning outing Monday against the Chicago White Sox.

An MRI on Tuesday revealed a major tear of the ulnar collateral ligament. The severity of the injury was confirmed Thursday by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles.

“What I didn’t want to hear,” Hochevar said Friday.

Hochevar missed nearly three months in 2010 with a sprained right elbow, making 17 starts that season.

“I knew this day was coming,” Hochevar said. “After the first time I hurt it, I knew it was coming. I’m extremely thankful it held up for four years.”

Hochevar went 5-2 with a 1.92 earned-run average and two saves in 58 relief appearances last season. He held opponents to a .169 batting average, third among American League relievers with at least 60 innings.

Hochevar will make $5.21 million this year and is eligible for free agency after this season.

The Royals won 86 games last year, their most victories since the 1989 team went 92-70.

“The toughest part about it is, we’re primed this year to win,” Hochevar said.


Tim Lincecum, a former Washington Huskies standout, pitched three scoreless innings as San Francisco beat the Royals 5-0 in an exhibition game in Surprise, Ariz.

In five innings this spring, the 29-year-old Lincecum has allowed no runs and three hits.

• Kansas City released right-hander Brad Penny, 35, from a minor-league contract. He had a 15.75 ERA this spring and denied reports he broke his left hand punching a dugout wall after a poor outing Thursday. Penny said he hurt himself when he slammed his glove down.

Scott Kazmir pitched three sharp innings in his Oakland debut, sending the Athletics to a 2-0 victory over Arizona in Phoenix.

Kazmir, 30, pitched for Cleveland last season.

Michael Pineda, a candidate to be the fifth starter for the New York Yankees, struck out four and gave up one hit over two shutout innings in his first spring-training start, a 3-2 victory over Detroit in Lakeland, Fla.

Ex-Mariner Pineda, 25, missed the last two seasons because of a right-shoulder injury.

• Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki hit two long home runs, leading the Colorado Rockies to a 7-2 victory over a Los Angeles Angels split squad in Scottsdale, Ariz.

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