SURPRISE, Ariz. — Royals right-hander Luke Hochevar will have elbow ligament replacement surgery that will sideline him for the season, the team announced Friday.
Hochevar felt a twinge in his elbow on the next-to-last pitch of a scoreless two-inning outing Monday against the White Sox.
An MRI exam revealed a major tear of the ulnar collateral ligament. The severity was confirmed Thursday.
"What I didn't want to hear," Hochevar said Friday.
Hochevar missed nearly three months in 2010 with a sprained right elbow, making just 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, 30, went 5-2 with a 1.92 ERA and two saves in 58 relief appearances last season. He held opponents to a .169 batting average, which ranked third among AL relievers with at least 60 innings.
More Royals: Pitcher Brad Penny, 35, was released from his minor-league contract after giving up four runs and eight hits in two innings Thursday against the White Sox, and reportedly punching a wall with his nonpitching hand afterward. Penny said his hand was hurt slamming his glove down.
Angels: Left-hander Hector Santiago kept up his push for a starting spot, pitching four shutout innings in a 3-2 loss to the Cubs. In his second spring start, Santiago allowed only one hit and struck out five. He hasn't permitted an earned run in 6⅔ innings this spring.
A's: Former Ray Scott Kazmir pitched three sharp innings in his debut with the team, a 2-0 victory over the Diamondbacks. Kazmir, a left-hander who signed a two-year, $22 million deal over the winter, gave up two hits and struck out two.
Diamondbacks: Left-hander Oliver Perez and the team agreed to a $4.25 million, two-year contract, the Associated Press reported. The deal is pending a physical. Perez, 32, was 3-3 with a 3.74 ERA last year in his second season with the Mariners after spending 2011 in the minors.
Dodgers: Zack Greinke is scheduled to throw to hitters today for the first time since he strained his right calf while throwing only four pitches in his first spring start Feb. 27. "Just knowing he's back on the mound is a good thing," manager Don Mattingly said.
Indians: Carlos Carrasco struck out six of the 12 batters he faced in leading his team past a Cubs split-squad 7-2. Carrasco gave up three hits and two runs, none earned, in three innings, leaving his ERA at 1.29. He did not walk a batter.
Mets: David Wright went 0-for-3 in his spring debut, a 5-5 tie against the Cardinals. "First game, everything feels a little awkward," said Wright, who hit into a pair of groundouts around a double-play grounder. Manager Terry Collins decided during the offseason to hold out Wright and second baseman Daniel Murphy for the first week. The pair missed the bulk of spring training last year due to oblique injuries.
Orioles: Ubaldo Jimenez pitched two perfect innings in his debut with the Orioles in their 15-4 win over the Phillies. Jimenez, who signed a four-year, $50 million contract Feb. 19, struck out three. "I feel good, but I know I'm not 100 percent like most of the pitchers are right now," he said. "They're probably a week ahead of me, but I feel fine."
White Sox: Reliever Nate Jones, a candidate for the closer's job, expects to make his first spring appearance against Arizona today.