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Jason Vargas | Starting Pitcher | #51

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (33) / 2/2/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 215
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: Long Beach State
Drafted: 2004 / Rd. 2 (0) / MIA
Contract: view contract details

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Jason Vargas (elbow) threw a 25-pitch simulated game on Saturday.
It's his first time facing hitters since last August's Tommy John surgery. "He had three pitches, good change-up, fastball with life, good breaking ball," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "A good first step for him." Vargas will throw live batting practice on July 18 and could begin a rehab assignment the second week of August if all goes well. He could join the Royals in September, although it seems likely that it would be as a reliever if that happens. Jul 10 - 10:23 AM

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Royals placed LHP Jason Vargas on the 60-day disabled list with a left elbow injury.

The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for the addition of Mike Minor. The Royals aren't ruling out a late-season return from Tommy John surgery for Vargas, but it's unlikely.
Feb 19 - 1:52 PM

The Royals aren't ruling out Jason Vargas (elbow) for a return late in the 2016 season.

Vargas underwent Tommy John surgery in early August last year. Most Tommy John rehabs last closer to 15 months now, so it's a long shot that we'll see the left-hander in 2016.
Feb 19 - 12:57 PM

Royals activated LHP Jason Vargas from the 60-day disabled list.

The move is strictly procedural. Vargas will likely miss the entire 2016 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in the middle of this past season.
Thu, Nov 5, 2015 10:19:00 PM

Royals transferred LHP Jason Vargas from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

The move opens up a spot on the 40-man roster. Vargas underwent Tommy John surgery about a month ago and will likely miss all of next season. He's under contract with the Royals through 2017.
Tue, Sep 1, 2015 04:03:00 PM

Royals placed LHP Jason Vargas on the 15-day disabled list with a torn left ulnar collateral ligament.

Vargas had been trying to pitch through a flexor tendon issue and then he blew out his UCL during his first start back from the DL on Tuesday. It's not official yet, but Tommy John surgery is undoubtedly coming. The procedure would knock Vargas out until at least the second half of next season and perhaps all of 2016. He's under contract with the Royals through 2017.
Wed, Jul 22, 2015 02:39:00 PM

Jason Vargas will undergo an MRI on his left elbow on Wednesday.

Vargas exited Tuesday's start with what's being called left medial elbow pain. That's the side of the elbow that the ulnar collateral ligament is on, so this doesn't look good. It's not a surprise, though, as Vargas has had a flexor tendon issue for a while now and it's an ailment that often precedes Tommy John surgery.
Tue, Jul 21, 2015 09:48:00 PM

Jason Vargas left Tuesday's start versus the Pirates after appearing to aggravate his left elbow injury.

In his first start back from the disabled list, Vargas lasted just one out into the second inning before walking off the mound after delivering a pitch. He was visibly upset while exiting, as it looked like his flexor strain flared up again. The Royals should have more on Vargas later Tuesday, but he's surely headed back to the DL.
Tue, Jul 21, 2015 08:44:00 PM

Royals activated LHP Jason Vargas from the 15-day disabled list.

Vargas missed close to seven weeks with a flexor tendon strain in his left arm. He will return to the Royals' starting rotation on Tuesday night against the Pirates, pushing the struggling Yordano Ventura to Triple-A. Vargas pitched well in his one minor league rehab start, but he should probably be avoided for fantasy purposes versus Pittsburgh.
Tue, Jul 21, 2015 04:19:00 PM

Jason Vargas (elbow) will rejoin the Royals' rotation on Tuesday versus the Pirates.

He allowed two runs over 5 1/3 innings in his lone rehab start to convince the Royals he was ready. Vargas is trying to pitch through a flexor tendon strain and remains a shaky health proposition the rest of the way. The Royals could designate Joe Blanton for assignment in order to make room on the roster for the southpaw.
Sun, Jul 19, 2015 09:35:00 AM

Jason Vargas (elbow) allowed two runs over 5 1/3 innings Monday in a minor league rehab start with Double-A Northwest Arkansas.

Both runs were via the home run ball. Vargas, out since June 8 with a flexor tendon strain, threw a total of 75 pitches while allowing seven hits to go along with two walks and two strikeouts. His next start could come in the majors.
Tue, Jul 14, 2015 08:40:00 AM

Jason Vargas (elbow) will make a rehab start with Double-A Northwest Arkansas on Monday.

The rehab start will be the first for Vargas, who hasn't pitched since June 8 due to a flexor tendon strain in his left arm. Vargas likely won't be ready for activation at the start of the second half, but he should be back with the Royals shortly after.
Wed, Jul 8, 2015 06:54:00 PM

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.
Sun, Jun 28, 2015 10:09:00 AM

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.
Wed, Jun 24, 2015 09:40:00 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.
Wed, Jun 17, 2015 09:37:00 AM

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