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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 allowed two runs over four innings Thursday against the Indians.
Making his second start of the year, the southpaw yielded just two hits -- including a solo homer -- while walking one and striking out four. He's got a 3.86 ERA through two starts, and Vargas will likely make at least one more before shutting it down for 2016. That start will likely come Tuesday against the Twins. Sep 22 - 11:25 PM

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Jason Vargas allowed a run over three innings of work Saturday against the White Sox, his first start of the season.

The start was actually his first since July 21, 2015, after which he had Tommy John surgery. On Saturday, the southpaw gave up two hits and a walk while recording a strikeout and throwing 52 pitches. Vargas will continue to work his way back into form with an eye on being healthy for 2017. Even then, he won't be a player to target in our game.
Sep 17 - 11:38 PM

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

He'll make his season debut on Saturday against the White Sox. The left-hander has fought his way back after undergoing Tommy John surgery last July. He remains a rather unappealing fantasy option.
Sep 17 - 3:52 PM

Jason Vargas (elbow) will start for the Royals on Saturday at home against the White Sox.

It will be the first appearance of the season for Vargas, who underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery last July. He is only expected to throw around three innings on Saturday versus Chicago and the 33-year-old left-hander had a 5.85 ERA in six minor league rehab starts, so it's probably wise to continue ignoring him in standard fantasy leagues.
Sep 15 - 3:59 PM

Jason Vargas (elbow) continues to throw side sessions to remain stretched out.

Vargas, who is working his way back from Tommy John surgery, posted a 5.85 ERA and 27/1 K/BB ratio in 20 innings over six minor league rehab starts. Royals manager Ned Yost doesn't intend to use him out of the bullpen this month, but he hasn't been ruled out for a possible spot-start.
Sep 13 - 1:05 PM

Jason Vargas (elbow) gave up three runs in three innings Monday in a rehab start with Triple-A Omaha.

He needed 67 pitches to get through those three frames. Vargas has been out all year due to Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery, but he could become an option for the hard-charging Royals early next month.
Aug 23 - 4:26 PM

Jason Vargas (elbow) has moved his minor league rehab assignment to Triple-A Omaha.

He'll start for Omaha on Monday night against the Triple-A affiliate of the Athletics. Vargas has been on the disabled list all year as he makes his way back from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery. He could become an option for the Royals (as either a starter or reliever) by early September.
Aug 22 - 3:29 PM

Jason Vargas (elbow) has made two rehab appearances with the Royals' Arizona League affiliate.

He's allowed four runs -- two earned -- with an 8/0 K/BB ratio over four innings. Working his way back from Tommy John surgery, Vargas could pitch for the Royals in September but it would almost surely be as a reliever.
Aug 14 - 11:10 AM

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

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

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3B1Cheslor Cuthbert
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PosRoleName
S1Yordano Ventura
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