Hochevar will have Tommy John surgery in the next two weeks.
Hochevar felt discomfort in his elbow on his next to last pitch in a two-inning scoreless outing Monday against the Chicago White Sox.
When it was still sore Tuesday, he had a MRI that detected the tear.
He sought a second opinion Thursday in Los Angles from Dr. Neal ElAttrache, who verified the gravity of the injury.
"What I didn't want to hear," Hochevar said Friday.
His options were to rest and rehab for a couple of months to see if the ulnar collateral ligament would hold up or surgery.
Hochevar chose to undergo surgery.
"This thing is going to blow," Royals manager Ned Yost said of Hochevar's ligament. "It is going to go, sooner or later."
It nearly went in 2010 when Hochevar went on the 60-day disabled list with a sprained right elbow, but he avoided surgery.
"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, the first player picked in the 2006 draft, flourished last year after Yost switched him to the bullpen. In 58 appearances, he went 5-2 with a 1.92 ERA and two saves. He was 38-59 with a 5.44 ERA in 128 career starts.
Hochevar, 30, can file for free agency after this season. The Royals will pay him $5.21 million this year not to pitch.
--RHP Brad Penny, a two-time National League All-Star with the Dodgers, was attempting to come back after sitting out last year. Penny, however, was roughed up for four runs on eight hits, four of them for extra-bases, in a two-inning outing March 7 against the White Sox. Penny, 35, who was signed to a minor league contract, was released March 8. He also hurt his left hand, but denied it occurred while punching a dugout wall after he came out March 7. "It was a freak accident," Penny said.
--2B Omar Infante, who sat out three days due to shoulder inflammation, returned to Cactus League action Sunday. He went 1-for-3 with a walk. Last year, Infante batted .318 with 10 home runs and 51 RBIs with the Detroit Tigers. He signed a four-year, $30 million free-agent contract with the Royals in the offseason.
Manager Ned Yost said recently there is plenty of time left for Infante and SS Alcides Escobar to "find a rhythm" in the field.
--3B Mike Moustakas entered the weekend leading the Cactus League with three home runs, 10 RBIs, 18 total bases, a 1.125 slugging percentage and .550 on-base percentage. Moustakas hit just .233 with a .364 slugging percentage last year.
--SS Alcides Escobar made his spring training debut Friday, going 0-for-2 against the San Francisco Giants. He missed the first seven games while on a paternity leave.
--RHP Louis Coleman is scheduled to make his spring training debut Saturday against the Milwaukee Brewers. A bruised finger kept him out of the earlier games.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "The toughest part about it is we're primed this year to win. You want to be part of that dog-pile in September. The way the team's shaping up, we're going to win. That's not a doubt. I want to be a part of it. It is just not going to happen," -- RHP Luke Hochevar, who is out for the year with elbow surgery scheduled in the next two weeks.
RHP James Shields
LHP Jason Vargas
RHP Jeremy Guthrie
LHP Bruce Chen
RHP Yordano Ventura
Shields is the staff leader after being acquired in a blockbuster trade after the 2012 season, which included the Royals sending mega-prospect Wil Myers, the 2013 AL rookie of the year, to the Tampa Bay Rays. This is the final year of Shields' contract, so anything short of the playoffs would not look good for the Royals. Vargas was signed as a free agent to replace Ervin Santana, who had a 3.24 ERA last year. Chen signed late and will be slotted into the fourth slot, leaving only one rotation spot to fill. While hard-throwing rookie Ventura could win the job, he will be challenged by LHP Danny Duffy and RHPs Luke Hochevar and Wade Davis, who began last year in the rotation before being sent to the bullpen.
RHP Greg Holland (closer)
LHP Tim Collins
RHP Aaron Crow
RHP Luke Hochevar
RHP Wade Davis
RHP Kelvin Herrera
RHP Louis Coleman
Holland developed into one of the premier closers, saving 47 games last year while striking out 103 in 67 numbers. Davis or Hochevar could end up in the rotation, but Hochevar thrived in the bullpen last year. Herrera can run up a triple-figure fastball and is a good setup, as is Crow, a Topeka, Kansas native who was a 2011 American League All-Star selection as a rookie. Collins is a lefty with a great curve as a strikeout pitch.
1. RF Norichika Aoki
2. 2B Omar Infante
3. 1B Eric Hosmer
4. DH Billy Butler
5. LF Alex Gordon
6. C Salvador Perez
7. 3B Mike Moustakas
8. CF Lorenzo Cain
9. SS Alcides Escobar
Acquiring Aoki in a trade with the Brewers gives the Royals a true leadoff hitter. That permits manager Ned Yost to drop Gordon from first to fifth in the lineup after topping the club with 20 home runs last year. The Royals received minuscule production at second base last season, but Infante, who hit .310 with the Tigers, should correct that. Hosmer is coming off a breakthrough offensive season, but the Royals need better numbers from Moustakas, who hit .233 with 12 home runs and 42 RBIs, and Escobar, who hit .234 with a .259 on-base percentage. Butler needs to return to his 2012 numbers when he hit .313 with 29 home runs and 107 RBIs. Those numbers slipped to .289-15-82 last year.
TOP ROOKIES: RHP Yordano Ventura, 22, went 8-5 with a 3.14 ERA with Double-A Northwest Arkansas and Triple-A Omaha, combining to strike out 155 in 134 2/3 innings, to earn a September call up. Ventura went 0-1 with a 3.52 ERA in three big league starts. He could break camp as the No. 5 starter. Ventura has a fastball that can climb to 102 mph. LHP Chris Dwyer, 25, made his big league debut, too, last September, tossing three innings of scoreless relief in two outings. He was 10-11 with a 3.55 ERA in 29 games, 28 of them starts, with Omaha. He could force his way into the Kansas City rotation or be used as a reliever.
--RHP Luke Hochevar (torn ulnar collateral ligament in right elbow) was hurt March 3. He is scheduled to have season-ending Tommy John surgery by the end of March.
--RHP Kyle Zimmer (right shoulder stiffness) was shut down last August, and he experienced similar discomfort in January while throwing. The Royals will hold him out of spring games until mid- to late March.
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