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Jason Vargas | Starting Pitcher | #51

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (34) / 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 yielded two earned runs over 4 1/3 innings Tuesday in his Cactus League start versus the Diamondbacks.
Chris Herrmann hit a solo homer in the second inning and Gregor Blanco smacked an RBI triple in the fifth. It was a decent overall outing for Vargas, who ultimately surrendered just three hits and lowered his spring ERA from 6.00 to 5.40. He's been limited to a grand total of 55 innings over the last two seasons because of Tommy John surgery, but 2017 offers a real chance for a bounceback. Mar 21 - 6:46 PM

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Jason Vargas surrendered four runs -- two earned -- in a two-inning start versus the Mariners on Thursday.

He gave up three hits and a walk without fanning a batter. He now has a 6.00 ERA in his nine innings of Cactus League work. Vargas missed most of the last two seasons recuperating from Tommy John surgery. He has a rotation slot locked down as long as he proves he is healthy.
Mar 16 - 7:38 PM

Justin Vargas struck out three while issuing three walks over three scoreless innings in Saturday's Cactus League game against the Indians.

Vargas has pitched in just 12 games over the last two seasons due to Tommy John surgery. In his last fully healthy campaign, the veteran southpaw put up a 3.71 ERA in 30 starts (187 innings). He has proven himself to be a dependable starter when healthy and figures to make the Opening Day rotation unless he experiences a physical setback.
Mar 11 - 6:57 PM

Jason Vargas surrendered one run on three hits over two innings in Saturday's split-squad Cactus League loss to the Reds.

Vargas struck out three without walking a batter, so it wasn't all bad. Tommy John surgery has kept him on the sideline for the bulk of the past two seasons, but assuming he can maintain his health and pitch respectably through to the end of the spring training, he figures to be a member of the Opening Day rotation.
Mar 4 - 6:14 PM

Jason Vargas was touched up for three runs in two innings in a start versus the Mariners on Monday.

He gave up two walks and four hits, including a two-run homer by Jean Segura. Vargas is safely ensconced in the middle of the Royals' rotation unless he has a run of poor games like this one. He missed almost all of the last two seasons while recovering from Tommy John surgery. The 34-year-old journeyman has a 4.18 ERA in 1221 2/3 career innings since 2005.
Feb 28 - 12:06 AM

Jason Vargas notched five scoreless innings while giving up just four hits but did not factor into the decision as the Royals beat the Twins 5-2 on Wednesday.

He punched out six and walked only one. The veteran was making just his third start after spending almost the entire season recovering from Tommy John surgery. He has a 2.25 ERA with 11 strikeouts and three walks in 12 innings of work. The Royals have to be happy with his progress heading into the offseason.
Wed, Sep 28, 2016 11:56:00 PM

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.
Thu, Sep 22, 2016 11:25:00 PM

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.
Sat, Sep 17, 2016 11:38:00 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.
Sat, Sep 17, 2016 03:52:00 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.
Thu, Sep 15, 2016 03:59:00 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.
Tue, Sep 13, 2016 01:05:00 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.
Tue, Aug 23, 2016 04:26:00 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.
Mon, Aug 22, 2016 03:29:00 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.
Sun, Aug 14, 2016 11:10:00 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.
Sun, Jul 10, 2016 10:23:00 AM

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