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51 Jason Vargas SP
Height/Weight: 6-0/215 | Birthdate: 2/2/1983 | Birthplace: Apple Valley, CA | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: Kansas City | College: Long Beach State | MLB Experience: 10 | Salary: $8,500,000 | Owned/Started%: 18/5 | Average Draft Position: 235.85
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Royals' Jason Vargas drops to 3-2 with loss


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/26/2015) Royals starter Jason Vargas snapped a personal two-game winning streak with a loss Tuesday against the Yankees. 

Vargas dropped to 3-2 after allowing two runs on four hits in four innings. He walked one, struck out six and allowed a home run. 

"I thought coming back off the DL, he was pretty down sharp," manager Ned Yost said. "He made one pitch, tried to go down and away to Teixeira (on the home run), and it came back middle-middle. But six punchouts, pretty darn good. Came back in good fashion."

His next start is Tuesday, against Cleveland. 


Royals SP Jason Vargas activated for Tuesday start


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/26/2015) As expected, Royals starting pitcher Jason Vargas was activated off the 15-day disabled list to start Tuesday against the Yankees. He has been sidelined since early May due to an elbow injury.

Royals manager Ned Yost said Monday that Vargas will be on a 75-pitch limit Tuesday.


Royals pitcher Jason Vargas to be activated Tuesday for start


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/26/2015) Royals pitcher Jason Vargas is scheduled to return from the disabled list on Tuesday to start for the injured Danny Duffy, according to the Kansas City Star.

Vargas, who is currently on the 15-day DL with a strained flexor muscle, will have a 75-pitch limit in his start against the Yankees, manager Ned Yost said on Monday.

Vargas has not thrown in a game since May 5 when he suffered the injury and currently holds a 3-1 record with a 5.26 ERA in 25 2/3 innings of work. The Royals are currently the underdogs (+105) against New York.


Royals' Jason Vargas emerges unscathed after simulated game


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2015) Royals starting pitcher Jason Vargas (elbow) emerged from his simulated game Friday unscathed, manager Ned Yost told reporters Saturday. Yost added the decision to activate Vargas, send him on a rehab assignment or throw another simulated game will be made in a few days.

Royals SP Jason Vargas throws simulated game, could start rehab


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/22/2015) Royals starter Jason Vargas threw a simulated game on Friday and reported no issues, saying the session went well. The team will wait to see how he feels on Saturday before possibly sending him out on a rehab assignment, according to MLB.com.

The team did not reveal how long Vargas will need on his rehab or when they expect him back in the rotation.


Royals SP Jason Vargas (elbow) could return next week


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/19/2015) Royals right-hander Jason Vargas, recovering from an elbow injury, will throw a bullpen session on Tuesday. He'll follow that up with a simulated game on Friday. If all goes well after that, he'll return to the rotation sometime next week, according to the Kansas City Star.

Vargas has been on the shelf since May 8 with a flexor strain in his pitching elbow. He's made five starts for the Royals this season and owns a 3-1 record with a 5.26 ERA.


Jason Vargas has successful bullpen session for Royals


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/17/2015) Royals pitcher Jason Vargas threw a successful bullpen session over the weekend, per Fox Sports Kansas City

Vargas threw all his pitches and reported that his arm felt normal. Vargas is on the DL with an elbow injury. 


Royals P Jason Vargas (elbow) hopes to throw bullpen next week


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/15/2015) Royals starter Jason Vargas played catch each of the last two days and is hoping to throw a bullpen session by the beginning of next week, according to the Kansas City Star.

Vargas went on the disabled list on May 8 with a flexor strain in his right elbow, and is unsure if he'll need a minor league rehab assignment. He will know more after he throws off of a mound, reports Fox Sports Kansas City.


Royals' Jason Vargas (elbow) plays catch, feels better


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2015) Royals pitcher Jason Vargas (elbow) played catch Wednesday and is feeling better, MLB.com reports.

Vargas is on the 15-day disabled list due to a flexor strain. He'll be first eligible to be activated May 21. The pitcher is 3-1 with a 5.26 ERA and 14:10 K:BB ratio in 25 2/3 innings.


Royals place struggling southpaw Jason Vargas on DL


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/8/2015) Royals left-hander Jason Vargas, who has struggled all season, has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a flexor strain.

Vargas told the Kansas City Star that there was no damage to his ulnar collateral ligament. He added that he hopes he can play catch next week and miss just a few starts.

Vargas overcame mediocre performances to win his last two starts against Cleveland, but has allowed 15 runs on 28 hits in 25 2/3 innings this season with 10 walks and 14 strikeouts. His 5.26 ERA is a point-and-a-half higher than what he posted in 2014.


Royals pitcher Jason Vargas allows two runs in win Tuesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/5/2015) Royals pitcher Jason Vargas allowed two runs on two hits in six innings of work in Kansas City's 5-3 win over the Indians on Tuesday.

Vargas' only blemish came in the first inning when he surrendered a two-run home run to Michael Brantley. Vagras then settled in and needed just 82 pitches, 50 going for strikes, to get through the final five innings of work. 

Vargas, now 3-1, lowered his ERA to 5.22 in 25 2/3 innings of work. He will look to get back on track Sunday against the Tigers.


Royals shuffle Jeremy Guthrie, Jason Vargas in rotation


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/3/2015) The Royals made a last-minute change to their starting rotation. Jeremy Guthrie will start Sunday's game, instead of Jason Vargas, per the Kansas City Star

Vargas will be moved to Guthrie's scheduled start day, on Tuesday. 


Royals starting pitcher Jason Vargas earns win with five solid innings


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/27/2015) Royals starting pitcher Jason Vargas (2-1) allowed two runs on three hits in five innings Monday to earn the win against the Indians.

The two runs off Vargas came in the fifth inning courtesy of a two-run homer from third baseman Mike Aviles.

"I just felt like I was missing by just a little bit off the plate," Vargas said. "We were able to make some defensive plays to get out of innings."

Vargas walked five and struck out one in the victory.

Vargas' next start is set for Saturday against the Tigers.


Royals' Jason Vargas tagged for five runs in 5 2/3 IP for no decision


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/21/2015) Royals starter Jason Vargas was tagged for five runs on eight hits in 5 2/3 innings on Tuesday for a no decision against the Twins.

Vargas struck out four and walked one.

Vargas' next start is set for Sunday in Chicago.

Vargas-Vargas battle deadly to Jason Vargas in Royals loss


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2015) All was well for Royals starter Jason Vargas after one inning Thursday at Minnesota. Unfortunately for him, baseball games are nine innings - and he did not make it past the fourth.

Vargas gave up five runs (four earned) on six runs on 10 hits in the second, third and fourth combined before his removal and finished the day with a 1-1 record.

It all began going downhill when Twins designated hitter and namesake Kennys Vargas slammed a pitch off the facade of the second deck in the second inning. The Royals pitcher fell apart from there. He gave up four consecutive singles to start the fourth.

Vargas saw his ERA double to 6.00, but he can lower it when he faces the Twins again next Tuesday.


Royals starter Jason Vargas goes six solid to pick up win


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/11/2015) Royals starter Jason Vargas (1-0) threw 6.0 solid innings Friday, allowing two runs on five hits to earn the win over the Angels on Friday.

Royals P Jason Vargas gives up five runs in win over Rangers


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2015) Royals pitcher Jason Vargas gave up five earned runs in five innings in Monday's 11-7 win over the Rangers. 

Vargas surrendered seven hits, one walk while striking out five batters. His ERA this spring is now 9.68. Vargas struck out five batters but gave up four home runs. 


Royals name Yordano Ventura Opening Day starter


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2015) The Royals have named pitcher Yordano Ventura the starter for Opening Day, the Kansas City Star reports.

Ventura gets the call after going 14-10 with a 3.20 ERA and 159:69 K:BB ratio in 183 innings last season in his first full year with the team. He capped the year with an uneven postseason but finished strong, allowing just two earned runs in 12 1/3 innings over two World Series starts. Manager Ned Yost said Wednesday that Ventura's performance in Game 6 of the World Series solidified his confidence in handing the young pitcher the Opening Day assignment.

Yost also said that Ventura will be followed by Danny Duffy, Edinson Volquez, Jason Vargas and Jeremy Guthrie in the rotation.


Royals' Jason Vargas lit up Thursday vs. Rockies


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/19/2015) Royals pitcher Jason Vargas endured his roughest outing of the spring Thursday, allowing nine earned runs on nine hits and one walk in 1 2/3 innings while striking out on in his team's 13-2 loss to the Rockies.

Vargas entered the outing having allowed four earned runs in five innings in his first two appearances of the spring, and he proceeded to serve up three home runs in the blowout loss. The nine-run outing gives Vargas a 17.55 ERA and 7:2 K:BB ratio in 6 2/3 innings.


Royals P Jason Vargas has rough outing versus Angels


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(3/14/2015) Royals pitcher Jason Vargas had a rough outing against the Angels, according to the team's website. 

Vargas went three innings giving up five runs in the second inning, including one walk and striking out three.

"The first inning was good," Vargas said. "I got some pitches up in the second inning and couldn't put guys away. They put good swings on the ball."

He gave up eight hits and most were hard hits.

"I was locating," he said. "The balls they hit were hard and in the gap."


Royals SP Jason Vargas unable to factor into decision Game 4


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/26/2014) Royals pitcher Jason Vargas was unable to factor into the decision in Game 4 of the World Series against the Giants at AT&T Park on Saturday.

Vargas surrendered a run on a fielder's choice in the opening frame, followed by a run-scoring single to Buster Posey in the third and a run-scoring single to Hunter Pence in the fifth. The southpaw permitted three runs on six hits and two walks while striking out three over four innings of an 11-4 defeat. He has allowed six earned runs over 15 1/3 postseason innings.


Royals schedule Jeremy Guthrie, Jason Vargas for Games 3, 4


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/21/2014) The Royals will start pitcher Jeremy Guthrie in Game 3 of the World Series Friday, with Jason Vargas scheduled to pitch Game 4 the following day, the team announced Tuesday.

James Shields takes the mound in Game 1 Tuesday, while rookie Yordano Ventura is slated to pitch Game 3. If the series reaches five games, Shields would likely be in line to start Game 5 Sunday.


Jason Vargas wins Game 4, sends Royals to World Series


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/15/2014) Royals pitcher Jason Vargas earned a win in Wednesday's series-clinching victory, allowing one earned run on just two hits and three walks in 5 1/3 innings while striking out six in his team's 2-1 win over the Orioles in Game 4 of the ALCS.

Vargas (1-0) was staked to a 2-0 lead after the first inning, and the only damage he surrendered came on a third-inning solo home run. The Royals head to the World Series for the first time in 29 years on the strength of eight straight postseason wins, following up a Wild Card victory with sweeps of the Angels and Orioles.


Royals to go with Jason Vargas for Game 4


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/14/2014) The Royals will go with Jason Vargas for Game 4, according to MLB.com.

With the move, both James Shields and Yordano Ventura will receive an extra day of rest. Vargas started Game 1 of the ALDS, giving up two runs over six innings in the win. He posted a 3.71 ERA over 187 innings during the regular season.


Royals going with Jason Vargas as Game 1 starter in ALDS


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/1/2014) Royals starting pitcher Jason Vargas will start Game 1 of the ALDS against the Angels, according to The Kansas City Star. Vargas was 11-10 with a 3.71 ERA and 1.27 WHIP over 30 starts during the regular season.