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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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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. Jul 22 - 2:39 PM

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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.
Jul 21 - 9:48 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.
Jul 21 - 8:44 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.
Jul 21 - 4:19 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.
Jul 19 - 9:35 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.
Jul 14 - 8:40 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.
Jul 8 - 6:54 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.
Jun 28 - 10:09 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.
Jun 24 - 9:40 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.
Jun 17 - 9:37 AM

Royals placed LHP Jason Vargas on the 15-day disabled list with a left flexor strain.

Vargas had been scheduled to start for the Royals on Sunday against the Cardinals in St. Louis and it's unclear who will take that turn in his place. Brandon Finnegan has been recalled from Triple-A to take his place on the roster.
Jun 13 - 1:11 PM

Jason Vargas improved to 5-2 after holding the Twins scoreless over six innings on Monday.

Vargas scattered five hits while walking none and striking out two. Despite an uninspiring 4.10 ERA, Vargas has kept the Royals in nearly every game he's started, limiting the opposition to two or fewer runs in six of eight starts. He also has a 1.34 WHIP with a 25/11 K/BB ratio in 41 2/3 innings. The lefty will take the mound versus the Cardinals in St. Louis next.
Jun 8 - 10:48 PM

Jason Vargas yielded two runs in six innings Wednesday in a victory over the Indians.

Vargas was at just 86 pitches through six, but as usual, the Royals wasted no time in turning the lead over to the pen. Besides, it was just Vargas's second start back after he missed three turns with a flexor strain.
Jun 3 - 11:23 PM

Jason Vargas went only four innings, allowing two runs, in a loss to the Yankees on Tuesday.

Both runs came in the first inning on a Mark Teixeira home run. He allowed four hits and a walk while striking out six. Vargas needed 76 pitches to get through four innings and did not take the mound in the fifth. The Royals were just being a bit cautious as Vargas hadn't pitched since May 5 due to a flexor strain in his left elbow. He'll take a 5.16 ERA, a 1.45 WHIP, and a 20/11 K/BB ratio in 29 2/3 innings into a start at Wrigley Field against the Cubs.
May 26 - 9:50 PM

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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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Salvador Perez
2Drew Butera
1B1Eric Hosmer
2B1Omar Infante
SS1Alcides Escobar
3B1Mike Moustakas
2Cheslor Cuthbert
LF1Alex Gordon
CF1Lorenzo Cain
2Jarrod Dyson
RF1Alex Rios
2Paulo Orlando
DH1Kendrys Morales
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Johnny Cueto
2Edinson Volquez
3Danny Duffy
4Yordano Ventura
5Jeremy Guthrie
6Chris Young
7Jason Vargas
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Greg Holland
2Wade Davis
3Kelvin Herrera
4Ryan Madson
5Luke Hochevar
6Franklin Morales
7Joe Blanton
8Kris Medlen
9Brian Flynn
10Tim Collins