Hochevar to miss 1st 2 months after hurting elbow

The Associated PressMarch 5, 2014
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FILE - In this Sept. 3, 2013, file photo, Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Luke Hochevar delivers to a Seattle Mariners batter during a baseball game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. Hochevar likely will miss at least the first two months of the season because of a sprained ligament in his right elbow. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner, File)

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) -- Kansas City Royals right-hander Luke Hochevar likely will miss at least the first two months of the season because of a sprained ligament in his right elbow.

Hochevar, the first pick in the 2006 amateur draft, felt something unusual in the elbow during his next-to-last pitch Monday in a two-inning outing against the Chicago White Sox, according to manager Ned Yost.

The sprain was revealed in an MRI taken Tuesday.

Yost said Wednesday Hochevar won't throw for two-to-three weeks and ''probably the best-case scenario'' would be a return at the end of May or early June.

Hochevar was 5-2 with a 1.92 ERA and two saves in 58 relief appearances last year and was a candidate for the final rotation slot this season. He is earning $5.21 million and is eligible for free agency after the season.