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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) 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

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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

Jason Vargas was tagged for five runs (four earned) over three-plus innings in a loss to the Twins on Thursday.

It was his shortest outing since 2011. Vargas gave up 10 hits (including a home run to Kennys Vargas) and one walk, so 11 out of the 21 batters he faced were able to reach base. Not good. He'll bring his newly-inflated 6.00 ERA into another start against the Twins next week.
Apr 16 - 4:56 PM

Jason Vargas pitched six innings and allowed two runs Friday in a win over the Angels.

Two earned runs in six innings is so much the prototypical Vargas start that it's rather surprising to see he ended up there just twice last year. He was just fine tonight despite finishing with a 7.89 ERA this spring.
Apr 11 - 1:52 AM

Jason Vargas threw four scoreless, hitless innings against the Astros in Saturday's spring finale.

It was a good way to close out the spring as Vargas has otherwise had a tough spring. He ends with a 7.89 ERA with a 19/6 K/BB ratio in 21 2/3 innings. The 32-year-old doesn't have much mixed league appeal but is solid for AL-only purposes.
Apr 4 - 6:46 PM

Jason Vargas allowed four home runs over five innings of work in Monday's 11-7 loss to the Rangers.

The four who went yard off of Vargas: Adam Rosales, Leonys Martin, Jake Smolinski, and Ryan Rua. Luckily, all four were solo homers. Vargas gave up "only" five runs on the afternoon on seven hits and a walk while striking out five. It's been a rough spring for the lefty, as he sports a 9.68 ERA in 17 2/3 innings, but his spot in the Royals' rotation is secure.
Mar 30 - 7:38 PM

Jason Vargas was decimated by the Rockies in Thursday's start, surrendering nine runs in 1 2/3 innings.

It was, to say the least, not Vargas' afternoon. The left-hander allowed nine hits -- including three home runs -- while walking one and striking out one. Vargas has not had a good spring through three starts, but he's consistently been in the 3.70-4.25 ERA range over the last five seasons, which is what should be expected of the 32-year-old again this season.
Mar 19 - 7:21 PM

Jason Vargas was roughed up in Saturday's start versus the Angels, as he was charged with five runs (three earned) in three innings.

The Angels hung a five-spot against Vargas in the second inning. Overall, the lefty surrendered eight hits and a walk while striking out three. Vargas, now 32 years old, was solid for the Royals last season, finishing with a 3.71 ERA and a 128/41 K/BB ratio in 187 innings.
Mar 14 - 7:40 PM

Jason Vargas surrendered three runs over four-plus innings in a no-decision as the Royals fell to the Giants in Game 4 of the World Series on Saturday.

The 31-year-old left-hander was hittable from the start, as the Giants were able to scratch out a first-inning run and tacked on one more in the third inning. Vargas gave up a lead-off double to Joe Panik to begin the fifth inning before manager Ned Yost lifted him from the game. On 82 pitches, Vargas yielded the three runs on six hits and two walks with three strikeouts. It's likely the last start Vargas will make until next season, though he could pitch in relief at some point for the Royals in Games 5, 6, and potentially 7.
Sun, Oct 26, 2014 12:08:00 AM

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