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Vargas pitched seven strong innings Monday en route to his 10th win of the season, allowing a run on four hits with three strikeouts versus the Twins.

It's the second dynamite start in a row for Vargas, whose ERA is down to 3.17 on the year. The left-hander is only striking out 5.93 batters per nine innings, but also has a very good 1.80 walk rate. Vargas will go again Sunday in Texas.

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Vargas (9-5) tossed a three-hit shutout Wednesday against the Athletics.

Vargas was straight nasty Wednesday, getting the first-place Royals back in the win column after losing only one game following an eight-game winning streak. The lefty ended the contest retiring 23 consecutive batters. Vargas toes the rubber Monday in Minnesota.

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Vargas allowed two runs on nine hits, he didn't walk a batter, and struck out five over five innings, but came away with a no-decision as the Royals topped San Francisco 4-2 Friday night.

Making just his second start since returning to the rotation following an appendectomy, it was a bend but don't break night for the southpaw. He needed 101 pitches (just 69 for strikes) to record 15 outs so there may still be a little residual rust from his month-long stay on the disabled list. He'll try to get on track in his next start at home against the tough Oakland A's.

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Jason Vargas (appendectomy) could rejoin the Royals' rotation on Saturday in Oakland.

Vargas threw a four-inning simulated game on Tuesday with no issues. "He threw four innings, 15 pitches each inning. He had much more life on his pitches, much better command on his pitches, so he looked really good," manager Ned Yost said. Yost said "we'll see" when asked about Vargas starting Saturday, but it sounds like the club is leaning that way. We'll know for sure in a day or two.

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Jason Vargas (appendectomy) will throw a simulated game on Saturday.

Vargas didn't feel quite right during a bullpen session Wednesday, so the Royals are pumping the brakes on him a bit rather than activating him to start Sunday. He's not expected to need a rehab assignment, so Vargas could conceivably rejoin the rotation sometime next week.

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Jason Vargas (appendectomy) is unlikely to start Sunday.

Vargas still doesn't feel quite right after undergoing an appendectomy in early July. The left-hander will aim to return to the Kansas City rotation late next week.

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Jason Vargas (appendectomy) threw a 20-pitch bullpen session Monday.

Vargas underwent an appendectomy less than two weeks ago, but he's making quick progress. In fact, there's a chance he could be activated to start as soon as Sunday against the Indians.

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Jason Vargas (appendectomy) could rejoin the Royals' rotation later this week.

Vargas played catch up to 110 feet Saturday and is expected to throw a short bullpen session Wednesday. He might only need one additional 'pen session after that before rejoining the rotation, as he's not expected to go out on a rehab assignment. "He still feels a little stretching sensation in there," manager Ned Yost said Saturday. "He'll be fine." Vargas is just 11 days removed from his projected 3-4 week timetable, so a return later this week would be sooner than expected.

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Jason Vargas (appendectomy) is not expected to need a rehab assignment before rejoining the Royals' rotation.

He's not close to returning, however, as Vargas is only a week removed from a 3-4 week timetable following an appendectomy. The left-hander is not with the Royals on their road trip but has been playing catch.

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Royals placed LHP Jason Vargas on the 15-day disabled list with appendicitis.

Vargas underwent an appendectomy on Thursday and could be out 3-4 weeks. Bruce Chen seems likely to take his rotation spot. Vargas, 31, owns a 3.31 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, and 82/29 K/BB ratio in 125 innings this season.