Luke Hochevar to have Tommy John surgery

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Kansas City Royals pitcher Luke Hochevar will undergo Tommy John surgery preventing him from pitching this season.

Hochevar, 30, was being given a chance to compete for a rotation spot this spring after making 58 appearances out of the bullpen last season posting a 1.92 ERA and a 0.82 WHIP.

Royals manager Ned Yost relayed the news on Friday about Hochevar who has a sprained ulnar collateral ligament. He will become a free agent at the end of the season.

Another player that the Royals will not have this season is Brad Penny.

Penny signed a minor league deal with the Royals but has been released after a brutal spring in which he allowed seven runs and 13 hits over four innings of work. Penny is trying to comeback after sitting out all of 2013.

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