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Jason Vargas | Starting Pitcher

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (32) / 2/2/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 215
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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Jason Vargas (elbow) is scheduled to throw a simulated game on Thursday.
Vargas threw an intense bullpen session Saturday and will throw another 'pen session on Monday. It's not clear what the next step will be after the sim game, but it's likely he'll be ready for a rehab assignment at that point. Making his way back from a left flexor tendon strain, Vargas could rejoin the Royals' rotation just after the All-Star break if he can avoid another setback. Jun 28 - 10:09 AM

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Jason Vargas (elbow) will throw a bullpen session on Wednesday.

Vargas has made two trips to the disabled list since the beginning of May due to a left flexor tendon strain. He's a poor health bet for the remainder of the season, but for now he's trying to pitch through the ailment. It's unclear what the next step would be after Wednesday's bullpen session.
Jun 24 - 9:40 AM

Jason Vargas (elbow) played catch on Tuesday.

Vargas had to be placed back on the disabled list last weekend after feeling renewed discomfort with his left flexor strain. "He feels like he’s getting his range of motion back, and everything feels a lot better," Royals manager Ned Yost said. Yost also indicated that Vargas might not need a rehab assignment, so it sounds like the lefty might have a shot to return when eligible or shortly after later this month.
Jun 17 - 9:37 AM

Royals placed LHP Jason Vargas on the 15-day disabled list with a left flexor strain.

Vargas had been scheduled to start for the Royals on Sunday against the Cardinals in St. Louis and it's unclear who will take that turn in his place. Brandon Finnegan has been recalled from Triple-A to take his place on the roster.
Jun 13 - 1:11 PM

Jason Vargas improved to 5-2 after holding the Twins scoreless over six innings on Monday.

Vargas scattered five hits while walking none and striking out two. Despite an uninspiring 4.10 ERA, Vargas has kept the Royals in nearly every game he's started, limiting the opposition to two or fewer runs in six of eight starts. He also has a 1.34 WHIP with a 25/11 K/BB ratio in 41 2/3 innings. The lefty will take the mound versus the Cardinals in St. Louis next.
Jun 8 - 10:48 PM

Jason Vargas yielded two runs in six innings Wednesday in a victory over the Indians.

Vargas was at just 86 pitches through six, but as usual, the Royals wasted no time in turning the lead over to the pen. Besides, it was just Vargas's second start back after he missed three turns with a flexor strain.
Jun 3 - 11:23 PM

Jason Vargas went only four innings, allowing two runs, in a loss to the Yankees on Tuesday.

Both runs came in the first inning on a Mark Teixeira home run. He allowed four hits and a walk while striking out six. Vargas needed 76 pitches to get through four innings and did not take the mound in the fifth. The Royals were just being a bit cautious as Vargas hadn't pitched since May 5 due to a flexor strain in his left elbow. He'll take a 5.16 ERA, a 1.45 WHIP, and a 20/11 K/BB ratio in 29 2/3 innings into a start at Wrigley Field against the Cubs.
May 26 - 9:50 PM

Jason Vargas (elbow) will start for the Royals on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.

Vargas missed around three weeks with a flexor strain in his left elbow. He'll be rushed back without making a rehab start because the Royals need him to cover Danny Duffy's spot. Duffy landed on the 15-day disabled list Monday with inflammation in his left shoulder.
May 25 - 10:11 AM

Jason Vargas (elbow) is scheduled to throw a simulated game on Friday.

Vargas made it through another bullpen session Tuesday without issue. If his simulated game goes smoothly on Friday, the left-hander could be cleared to rejoin the Royals' starting rotation next week. He has been out since May 6 with a flexor strain in his left elbow.
May 19 - 4:55 PM

Jason Vargas (elbow) threw a bullpen session on Sunday.

It's the first time he's thrown off a mound since being diagnosed with a left flexor tendon strain. Vargas is eligible to return from the disabled list on Friday, although it's unclear whether he might have a shot to return at that time. Danny Duffy's spot in the rotation looks to be the most vulnerable.
May 17 - 12:48 PM

Jason Vargas (elbow) played catch Friday for the second straight day.

It's the first bit of throwing he's done since being diagnosed with a left flexor tendon strain. Vargas is hoping to be cleared to throw off a mound early next week. The left-hander and the Royals still seem optimistic about his recovery, but flexor tendon strains often wind up leading to surgery.
May 15 - 4:57 PM

Royals placed LHP Jason Vargas on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 6, with a left flexor strain.

It's an ailment that is often a precursor to Tommy John surgery, but Vargas was told his ulnar collateral ligament is intact and he's hoping to miss only a couple starts.. Yohan Pino has taken Vargas' roster spot, while Chris Young will move into the rotation in his place.
May 8 - 3:04 PM

Jason Vargas allowed two runs over six innings in a win over the Indians on Tuesday.

Vargas was incredibly efficient, giving up just two hits and walking two in the win. He needed just 82 pitches to get through six but Royals manager Ned Yost chose to remove him and turn to his stellar bullpen to finish the deed. The start was the second in which Vargas has allowed two runs and his second straight win, moving him to 3-1 overall. He draws a tough assignment next, taking on the Tigers on Sunday.
May 5 - 10:38 PM

Jason Vargas picked up his second win of the season on Monday, limiting the Indians to two runs over five innings.

Vargas walked five and only struck out one batter, but was able to limit the damage the Indians could do, allowing only three hits. Both runs came in the lefty's final frame, as Mike Aviles took him out to left field for a two-run home run. It was an odd outing as walks aren't normally an issue for Vargas and hits usually are. He'll bring a 5.95 ERA, a 1.77 WHIP, and a 9/8 K/BB ratio over 19 2/3 innings into a weekend start at home against the Tigers.
Apr 27 - 10:01 PM

Jason Vargas allowed five runs over 5 2/3 innings in a no-decision against the Twins on Tuesday.

The Twins collected eight hits and a walk against the lefty, but his offense spared him from taking his second loss. Still, Vargas has now given up 11 earned runs over 14 2/3 innings this year. He'll try to right the ship Sunday at the White Sox.
Apr 21 - 11:08 PM

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2B1Omar Infante
2Christian Colon
SS1Alcides Escobar
3B1Mike Moustakas
LF1Alex Gordon
CF1Lorenzo Cain
RF1Alex Rios
2Jarrod Dyson
DH1Kendrys Morales
Starting Pitcher
S1Yordano Ventura
2Jason Vargas
3Jeremy Guthrie
4Edinson Volquez
5Danny Duffy
6Chris Young
7Kris Medlen
Relief Pitcher
R1Greg Holland
2Wade Davis
3Kelvin Herrera
4Jason Frasor
5Luke Hochevar
6Franklin Morales
7Ryan Madson
8Joe Blanton
9Brandon Finnegan
10Brian Flynn
11Tim Collins