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Jason Vargas | Starting Pitcher

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (31) / 2/2/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 215
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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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. Jul 24 - 9:26 PM

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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.
Jul 22 - 5:19 PM

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.
Jul 21 - 5:06 PM

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.
Jul 20 - 10:54 AM

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.
Jul 18 - 4:26 PM

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.
Jul 10 - 3:40 PM

Royals head trainer Nick Kenney said the team is prepared to be without Jason Vargas for three to four weeks.

It was discovered Wednesday that Vargas needed an emergency appendectomy, and it appears the tam isn't expecting him back before the end of July. Bruce Chen will likely start in his place during his absence.
Jul 9 - 6:11 PM

Jason Vargas needs an emergency appendectomy.

Bruce Chen is expected to start in his place on Sunday against the Tigers. The All-Star break should allow Vargas to only miss one turn in the Royals' rotation.
Jul 9 - 5:24 PM

Jason Vargas allowed two runs on six hits over 5 2/3 innings in a loss to the Rays on Tuesday.

Vargas kept the Rays off the board until the sixth inning, when an Evan Longoria two-run single did all the damage he would allow. The left-hander walked two while striking out three. It's generally been a good first half for the 31-year-old, as he owns a 3.31 ERA and 1.23 WHIP heading into his last start of the first half against the Tigers on Sunday.
Jul 8 - 10:55 PM

Jason Vargas struck out five while tossing seven shutout innings in Wednesday's 4-0 win over the Twins.

Vargas allowed just four hits -- all singles -- while walking a pair. He was at 111 pitches after seven frames, so Royals manager Ned Yost called upon Wade Davis and Greg Holland to close things out. Vargas has been rock-solid all year for Kansas City, as his ERA currently sits at 3.32 and hasn't gone higher than 3.76 at any point. He'll try to keep it rolling next week in a two-start week versus the Rays and Tigers.
Jul 2 - 4:38 PM

Jason Vargas allowed six runs in four innings in a no-decision against the Angels on Friday.

Vargas was lucky to be facing Matt Shoemaker, who allowed eight runs. The home run was his nemesis on Friday, as he surrendered taters to Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and C.J. Cron. Cron hit two out of the park, effectively ending Vargas' night with a two-run shot in the fifth. Despite the poor performance, Vargas still has an ERA of 3.65 and a 7-3 record on the year.
Jun 27 - 11:45 PM

Jason Vargas gave up two runs over 8 2/3 innings in a loss to the Mariners on Saturday.

The game was tied at 1-1 until Vargas gave up a pinch-hit RBI single to Dustin Ackley with two outs in the top of the ninth. The southpaw allowed 10 hits and no walks while striking out a pair. While Vargas took the loss, he has now allowed three earned runs or fewer in six straight starts and eight out of his last nine. He'll bring a 3.16 ERA into a start against the Angels next week.
Jun 21 - 5:05 PM

Jason Vargas improved to 7-2 after pitching seven innings of two-run ball Monday against the Tigers.

Continuing the theme, he also allowed seven hits and two walks in this one. This makes five straight quality starts for him, which is seven minus two.
Jun 16 - 11:52 PM

Jason Vargas allowed three late runs after seven scoreless innings of work, but the Royals held on to beat the Indians on Tuesday.

Vargas cruised through seven innings and recorded two quick outs in the eighth before a single and a HBP precluded Jason Kipnis' two-run double. Vargas was yanked, but Kipnis was allowed to score as well, giving the southpaw three earned runs charged against him in 7 2/3 innings of work. Vargas struck out five while allowing six hits overall. With the win, Vargas moved to 6-2 with a 3.30 ERA and 1.21 WHIP through 14 starts. He'll take on the Tigers on Monday.
Jun 10 - 11:14 PM

Monday's game between the Yankees and Royals has been postponed due to rain.

A makeup date has not been announced. Scheduled starters Jason Vargas and Vidal Nuno are expected to simply be pushed back a day.
Jun 9 - 6:32 PM

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SS1Alcides Escobar
3B1Mike Moustakas
2Danny Valencia
LF1Alex Gordon
CF1Lorenzo Cain
2Jarrod Dyson
RF1Norichika Aoki
DH1Billy Butler
2Raul Ibanez
Starting Pitcher
S1James Shields
2Jason Vargas
3Jeremy Guthrie
4Yordano Ventura
5Danny Duffy
Relief Pitcher
R1Greg Holland
2Wade Davis
3Kelvin Herrera
4Aaron Crow
5Jason Frasor
6Francisley Bueno
7Scott Downs
8Bruce Chen
9Luke Hochevar