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Luke Hochevar to have Tommy John surgery

Mar 7, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

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Bad news for Royals fans. And for Luke Hochevar, of course:

Hochevar, the 30-year-old former No. 1 overall pick, felt a twinge in his elbow on Monday. On Tuesday, he felt soreness in the joint, and an MRI revealed his condition, which also includes strained muscles around the elbow. On Thursday, he was scheduled to meet with Neal ElAttrache, the Dodgers’ team physician, in Los Angeles.

That meeting happened and Ned Yost announced this morning that Hochevar will have Tommy John surgery. Given that Hochevar is eligible for free agency this fall, it’s quite possible he’s pitched for the Royals for the last time.

Hochevar was a disappointment as a starter for years, but last season he moved to the pen and tossed 70 innings with a 1.92 ERA and 82/17 K/BB ratio. If he had repeated that this year he had a big payday in his future.

As it is, someone will likely take a chance on him, as he will likely pitch most of 2015. And given that, as we’ve reflected upon so much for the past 24 hours, a torn ligament is no longer a death sentence for a pitcher.

  1. kcroyal - Mar 7, 2014 at 2:14 PM

    6 full seasons, 20 million bucks, a grand total of 2.5 WAR. Things could be much, much worse for the guy. Good luck in the future Hoch.

  2. jm91rs - Mar 7, 2014 at 2:33 PM

    Dr. Jobe dies but his legacy lives on.

  3. ksbuff - Mar 7, 2014 at 5:15 PM

    Luke had a pretty good 2014 aside from a torn UCL and TJS.

    $5.21M for 10 (10!!!!!!) pitches. Works out to $521,000 per pitch.

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