MLB notebook: Royals' Hochevar needs Tommy John surgery
SURPRISE, Ariz. — Royals right-hander Luke Hochevar will have Tommy John surgery that will sideline him for the season.
Hochevar felt a twinge in his elbow during a two-inning scoreless outing Monday against the White Sox. An MRI on Tuesday revealed the severity of the injury, and it was confirmed Thursday by another doctor.
The 30-year-old went 5-2 with a 1.92 ERA and two saves in 58 relief appearances last season. He was switched to the bullpen last year after going 38-59 with a 5.44 ERA in 128 career starts.
• A person familiar with the negotiations said left-hander Oliver Perez and the Diamondbacks have agreed to a $4.25 million, two-year contract. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the agreement was subject to a successful physical. The 32-year-old was 3-3 with a 3.74 ERA last year in his second season with the Mariners after spending 2011 in the minor leagues. He has a 62-75 record in 195 starts and 105 relief appearances over 11 big league seasons, including 2004-06 with the Pirates.
• CBSSports.com reported Mike Trout and the Angels continue to discuss six-year deals that would keep him in Anaheim until he's 29 years old, with the sides maintaining a clear sense of optimism that something will eventually get done, likely somewhere in the $150 million range. The focus is said to be mostly on the six-year length. That length would enable the Angels to extend him through his three arbitration years and, more importantly, three years of free agency while allowing him to bank about $150 million and also be in position to seek a monster free-agent contract seven years from now.
• Pitcher Brad Penny was released from a minor league contract by the Royals following a poor start to spring training. The 35-year-old right-hander, an All-Star with the Dodgers in 2006 and 2007, allowed 13 hits over four innings in two spring training appearances and had a 15.75 ERA.
• Carmen Berra, Hall of Famer Yogi Berra's wife of 65 years, died Thursday night from complications of a stroke suffered earlier this year. She was 85.
• Orioles pitcherMiguel Gonzalez left Friday's game with the Phillies in the fifth inning after he was hit by a line drive. He walked off the field under his own power, and the Orioles said he sustained a bruise.
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