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Hochevar undergoes Tommy John surgery

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Royals right-hander Luke Hochevar underwent Tommy John surgery successfully on Tuesday, the club announced.

Hochevar had the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow repaired by Dr. Neal ElAttache in Los Angeles. In addition to that, Hochevar had a posterior bone spur removed with no complications reported from either procedure.

Spring Training began with Hochevar, who had a highly successful stint in relief last year, trying to regain a spot in the starting rotation. However, Hochevar felt pain during his first Cactus League appearance on March 3 and didn't pitch again.

Hochevar will miss the entire 2014 season as he begins rehabilitation from the surgery.

Dick Kaegel is a reporter for
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