Jason Vargas SP KC 4 days ago

Vargas (hip) is unlikely to require a rehab start, 810WHB.com reports.

Vargas threw a simulated game Thursday and is scheduled for another Tuesday. His next step may be a return to the Royals, although it's still quite possible he won't be back until after the All-Star break.

Jason Vargas SP KC 1 week ago

Vargas (hip) will throw a simulated game Thursday, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports.

Vargas landed on the disabled list earlier in June with a left hip flexor strain, but has progressed to throwing in a sim game next week. Provided that he gets through that outing without any setbacks, a rehab assignment should be on the horizon.

Jason Vargas SP KC 3 weeks ago

Vargas was placed on the 15-day DL on Saturday with a left flexor strain.

Vargas had been pitching fairly well of late, tossing six scoreless innings and getting the win in his last outing against Minnesota. It is not clear how long Vargas will be out, but he will miss at least a few turns in the rotation. Brandon Finnegan was recalled from Triple-A to add bullpen depth in the short term and Joe Blanton will take his rotation spot.

Jason Vargas SP KC 1 month ago

Vargas picked up his fifth win with six shutout innings Tuesday against the Twins. He struck out two, walked none, and allowed five hits.

The start was Vargas's best of the season and the first time he's allowed fewer than two runs this year. He still has yet to go beyond six innings in any of his eight starts.

Jason Vargas SP KC 1 month ago

Vargas gave up two runs on eight hits and struck out three in six innings Wednesday against the Indians.

Vargas (4-2) was solid in his second start back from the disabled list. The left-hander used a pair of double plays to wiggle out of jams and limited the streaking Indians to two runs in six innings. After allowing three hits to his first four batters in the third, Vargas got Ryan Raburn to ground into an inning-ending double play. Then in the fifth, Vargas pitched around a rare error by center fielder Lorenzo Cain by getting Mike Aviles to ground into a double play. Vargas will have his next start Monday at Minnesota.

Jason Vargas SP KC 1 month ago

Vargas (3-2) lasted four innings in his first start since being activated from the disabled list, allowing two earned runs, four hits and a walk, fanning six in the losing effort.

Vargas was clearly on a pitch count after returning from a left flexor strain, as he was only allowed to throw 76 pitches (51 strikes). Even when healthy, the left-hander hasn't been particularly sharp this year, as he has just two quality starts in six chances, owning a 5.16 ERA and 1.45 WHIP on the season. If there's any positive takeaway from this, it's that Vargas struck out a season-high six batters, despite it being his second shortest outing of the year.

Jason Vargas SP KC 1 month ago

Vargas (elbow) was activated from the 15-day DL and will start Tuesday against the Yankees.

The Royals optioned Brandon Finnegan to Triple-A Omaha after Monday's game, clearing room on the roster for Vargas. Vargas, who replaces Danny Duffy (shoulder) in the rotation, hit the DL with a flexor strain earlier this month, but he completed a simulated game last week and it was determined he did not need a minor league rehab assignment. The 32-year-old Vargas went 3-1 with a 5.26 ERA and 1.48 WHIP in his first five starts.

Jason Vargas SP KC 1 month ago

Vargas will be activated and start for the Royals on Tuesday against the Yankees, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports.

Vargas threw a simulated game Friday, and it looks as if everything went well, as he'll rejoin the rotation for Tuesday's road matchup. The left-hander will take the rotation spot of fellow southpaw Danny Duffy, who was placed on the 15-day DL Monday with shoulder soreness. Vargas owns a 3-1 record in 2015 despite a 5.26 ERA and 1.48 WHIP, but his peripherals don't suggest a turnaround any time soon, as both his FIP (5.25) and xFIP (5.26) are eerily close to his earned run average.

Jason Vargas SP KC 2 months ago

Vargas (elbow) will throw a bullpen session Tuesday and a simulated game Friday before returning to the rotation, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports.

Vargas was placed on the disabled list on May 8 with a left flexor strain, so it appears as though he'll have to miss more than the minimum 15 days but not much more than that. Barring any further setbacks, Vargas could be activated over the weekend though it's unclear when his next start will come.

Jason Vargas SP KC 2 months ago

Vargas (elbow) threw a successful bullpen session Sunday, Matthew DeFranks of FOX Sports Kansas City reports.

Vargas, who was placed on the DL back on May 8, was able to mix in all his pitches and said he felt nothing more than the usual soreness after the vigorous session. It doesn't appear that Vargas is on track to return to the Royals' rotation this week, but manager Ned Yost doesn't believe the lefty will need a rehab assignment before his activation. Once he demonstrates he's fully healthy with a few more side sessions, Vargas would likely replace either Chris Young or the struggling Danny Duffy on the starting staff.