Jason Vargas SP KC 5 days 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 1 week 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.

Jason Vargas SP KC 2 weeks ago

Vargas (elbow) said an examination revealed no damage to his UCL, and he is hopeful he will only miss a few starts, the Kansas City Star's Andy McCullough reports.

He hopes to play catch next week, so this may not be as bad as it originally sounded. Chris Young will presumably take his rotation spot for now.

Jason Vargas SP KC 2 weeks ago

Vargas was placed on the 15-day DL Friday with a left flexor strain, the Kansas City Star's Andy McCullough reports.

The move is retroactive to May 6, but a flexor strain is often a precursor to Tommy John surgery, so he should be considered out indefinitely. Chris Young will take his spot in the rotation, but assuming Vargas misses significant time, the Royals may look to add another starting pitcher, either from the farm or in a trade.

Jason Vargas SP KC 3 weeks ago

Vargas earned his third win of the season Tuesday versus the Indians, only allowing two earned runs, two hits and two walks in six innings.

Vargas has given up four home runs in five starts this season, but he's allowed just five hits in his past two games. His strikeout rate is also fairly low, but he hasn't given up many runs this season.

Jason Vargas SP KC 4 weeks ago

Vargas earned the win Monday, allowing just two runs in five innings against the Indians.

Monday marked just the second time this year Vargas has allowed fewer than five runs in a game, though his did walk five in the start. Vargas will carry a 5.95 ERA and 1.73 WHIP into his start this weekend against the Tigers.

Jason Vargas SP KC 1 month ago

Vargas struck out four and walked one while allowing five runs on eight hits over 5.2 innings Tuesday against the Twins.

He did not factor in the decision. Little has changed with Vargas, as he's best utilized in AL-only formats or as an occasional streaming option in deep mixed leagues. Even in a matchup as favorable as Tuesday's, he's prone to getting knocked around, however.

Jason Vargas SP KC 1 month ago

Vargas (1-1) was chased without getting an out in the fourth inning Thursday in Minnesota after allowing five runs (four earned) on 10 hits and a walk.

If anything, Vargas got lucky with his final line, as Jason Frasor entered with the bases loaded and no one out in the fourth inning and escaped the jam. As a mediocre pitcher, Vargas is susceptable to bad games like this, and he's mostly usable only as lineup filler in AL-only formats.

Jason Vargas SP KC 1 month ago

Vargas struck out three and walked one while allowing two runs on five hits over six innings to earn the victory against the Angels on Friday night.

He consistently stayed ahead of the Angels' lineup, throwing 16 first-pitch strikes to the 23 batters that he faced. Not surprisingly, Vargas recorded just six swinging strikes, as he'll often pitch to contact and lean on the elite defense playing behind him. Vargas is scheduled to make his next start Thursday at Target Field against the Twins.

Jason Vargas SP KC 2 months ago

Vargas was rattled once again in Monday's Cactus League matchup with the Rangers, allowing five earned runs on seven hits and a walk over five innings pitched.

It was the third time this spring that Vargas has allowed five or more runs, as the 32-year-old veteran seems to be backing his way into the season's opening week. He admitted after Monday's game that he had difficulty getting ahead in counts, describing this aspect as "the cause of most problems," per the Kansas City Star. Although the left-hander has a rotation spot locked down, owners outside of deeper and AL-only formats may want to temper expectations.