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Friday, March 7, 2014

Royals' Luke Hochevar to have Tommy John surgery


By on 3/07/2014 01:20:00 PM

The worst fears have been confirmed for Kansas City Royals pitcher Luke Hochevar. With the right-hander already shut down with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament, manager Ned Yost confirmed on Friday that Hochevar would have Tommy John surgery to repair that elbow ligament. The news was tweeted by Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star.

Earlier this week, SIA's Devin Pangaro reported on the news that Hochevar was due to be out until at least the end of May. It had been hoped that rest would be enough to mend the tear, but it has obviously already been decided that isn't a realistic course of action. McCullough suggested earlier on Friday morning that Yost was already expecting bad news to emerge after Hochevar had a second opinion from Dr Neal ElAttrache on Thursday.

By Keith Allison on Flickr, via Wikimedia Commons
Former number one pick Hochevar will now miss all of the 2014 season and will be aiming to return for the start of 2015. It leaves the likes of Kelvin Herrera, Tim Collins, Aaron Crow and Louis Coleman to set up for Greg Holland. While the Royals had an excellent bullpen last year, this is still a big blow. They got over 70 high-quality relief innings out of the right-hander last season as he struck out more than ten batters per nine innings and walked just 17 all year.

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