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Kansas City Royals pitcher Jason Vargas was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday after an MRI revealed a torn left ulnar collateral ligament, according to the team's official website. Vargas was activated from the disabled list after recovering from a hip injury, but he lasted just 26 pitches Tuesday against the Pittsburgh Pirates before feeling pain in his elbow. He is likely to undergo Tommy John surgery to correct the new issue, which will rule him out for the remainder of the season, and possibly some of next season as well. Pitcher Yordano Ventura, who was demoted to Triple-A Omaha on Tuesday, was recalled to take Vargas' spot on the 25-man roster. Vargas, who is in his second season with the Royals, his fifth major league team, is 5-2 with a 3.98 ERA and 27 strikeouts in 43 innings this season.

Jason Vargas SP KC 2 weeks ago

Kansas City Royals pitcher Jason Vargas will be activated from the disabled list to start Tuesday's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates after recovering from a hip injury, according to the Kansas City Star. Vargas has not pitched in the major leagues since June 8 but was able to throw 75 pitches in a minor league rehab start Monday.

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Vargas (hip) gave up two runs over 5.1 innings in Monday's rehab start for Double-A Northwest Arkansas, Matthew DeFranks of FOX Sports Kansas City reports.

Vargas gave up two hits (both home runs) and two walks, with two strikeouts on 75 pitches. He previously wasn't expected to make a rehab start, but the Royals apparently decided to take advantage of the All-Star break. Although it's unclear if Vargas will have another rehab outing, he should be back in the Kansas City rotation at some point in July, either way.

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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 month 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.

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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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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.