Jason Vargas
SP KC
3 days ago

Vargas went four innings Thursday against the Indians, allowing two runs on two hits and a walk with four strikeouts.

EDGE Analysis

He threw only 70 pitches, as the Royals are treating him with kid gloves after he missed nearly the entire season recovering from Tommy John surgery. Vargas may, however, get to go a little deeper when he makes his third and final start of the season next week against the Twins.

Jason Vargas
SP KC
1 week ago

Vargas allowed one run on two hits and one walk with striking out one over three innings in a 3-2 win over the Chicago White Sox on Saturday.

EDGE Analysis

The three inning outing, Vargas's first since undergoing Tommy John surgery 14 months ago, is no surprise as manager Ned Yost indicated before the game that he would throw no more than three frames or 45 pitches. The 32-year-old lefty was a key component of the Royals rotation in 2014 and the first half of 2015, so there might be fantasy potential to extract here if Yost allows him to throw deeper into games.

Jason Vargas
SP KC
1 week ago

Vargas (elbow) was activated from the 60-day DL and will start Saturday against the White Sox, Josh Vernier of 610 Sports Radio AM reports.

EDGE Analysis

It will mark Vargas' first appearance with the Royals since July 2015, when he suffered a torn UCL that he's spent the last 14 months rehabbing. Vargas' surface results weren't overly encouraging during his six-start rehab assignment, as he produced a 5.85 ERA and 1.30 WHIP in 20 innings across stops with three different affiliates, but his 27:1 K:BB ratio suggests he may have been victimized by some bad luck. The Royals are certainly hopeful the left-hander won't show much rust in his return to the big leagues, as the team remains on the periphery of the AL wild-card race and can ill afford many bad outings from their starters the rest of the way.

Jason Vargas
SP KC
2 weeks ago

Vargas (elbow) will start Saturday against the White Sox, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Vargas has been recovering from Tommy John surgery, but he'll pitch his first game of the season Saturday. However, the Royals will be cautious and limit him to about three innings or 45 pitches, then use Dillon Gee afterwards. While on his rehab assignment, Vargas posted a 5.93 ERA and 1.24 WHIP over three games at Triple-A Omaha.

Jason Vargas
SP KC
4 weeks ago

Vargas (elbow) pitched five innings Saturday for Triple-A Omaha, allowing four runs while striking out six batters and walking none.

EDGE Analysis

Vargas started his rehab assignment on Aug. 7, so he'll be required to join the Royals' 25-man roster in early September because minor league rehab stints can only be 30 days long. With expanded rosters, his end-of-season role with the team is unknown, but before the injury, he was a regular member of the 2015 Royals' rotation.

Jason Vargas
SP KC
1 month ago

Vargas (elbow) will move his rehab to Triple-A Omaha, Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star reports.

EDGE Analysis

Vargas made just one rehab start at Double-A Northwest Arkansas, allowing three runs on four hits over 2.1 innings last Wednesday. Despite the tough outing, it appears that he is progressing towards a major league return in early-September.

Jason Vargas
SP KC
1 month ago

Vargas (elbow) will begin a rehab assignment at Double-A Northwest Arkansas on Wednesday, Rustin Dodd of the Kansas City Star reports.

EDGE Analysis

Vargas had been working with the Royals' rookie-level club in Arizona, and he'll now progress to the Double-A level after striking out six hitters across 2.1 innings Friday. It's unclear how many more rehab appearances Vargas will make, but he remains on track for a late-August/early-September return.

Jason Vargas
SP KC
1 month ago

Vargas (elbow) isn't expected to join the Royals until rosters expand in September, Rustin Dodd of the Kansas City Star reports.

EDGE Analysis

Vargas, who underwent Tommy John surgery last July, has been throwing for over two months and has two rehab appearances under his belt with the Royals' rookie-level club in Arizona. During Friday's outing, Vargas struck out six batters in 2.1 innings and reported no setbacks, but he'll still have to bump up his pitch count closer before the Royals feel comfortable bringing him back. Given how much time he's missed already this season, don't expect Vargas to have a major role for the Royals once he's activated.

Jason Vargas
SP KC
2 months ago

Vargas (elbow) will begin a rehab assignment in Arizona this Saturday, Rustin Dodd of the Kansas City Star reports.

EDGE Analysis

The 33-year-old Vargas has not pitched since July of 2015, but seems to be nearing the end of recovery from Tommy John surgery. In Arizona, he is expected to throw two innings for the Royals' Rookie League affiliate and appears to be on track for a return to the majors this season.

Jason Vargas
SP KC
3 months ago

Vargas (elbow) will throw a simulated game Saturday, the Kansas City Star's Rustin Dodd reports.

EDGE Analysis

He's still a long ways away from returning, Dodd notes, but the Royals will undoubtedly be able to make use of Vargas once he's ready, as they are extremely thin in the rotation as the All-Star break approaches.