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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%: 10/1 | Average Draft Position: 235.76
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Royals place SP Jason Vargas on DL with UCL tear


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/22/2015) Nearly 24 hours after activating him, the Royals have placed right-hander Jason Vargas back on the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday. Vargas has been diagnosed with a tear of his ulnar collateral ligament

Vargas returned from the DL on Tuesday to make the start against the Pirates, but left in the second inning after experiencing elbow pain. 

"It didn't feel good," Vargas said, per MLB.com. "More than anything, I hated having to walk off the field. Beautiful thing about this team is they respond to adversity."

Royals manager Ned Yost all but confirmed Vargas will require Tommy John surgery, which would force him to miss the rest of this season, and possibly most--if not all--of next season. Vargas is owed $16.5 million over the next two years.

Right-hander Yordano Ventura, who was optioned to Triple-A to clear room for Vargas, will be called right back to take Vargas' spot on the roster.


Royals' Jason Vargas leaves Tuesday start with elbow injury


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/21/2015) Royals starter Jason Vargas was forced to exit Tuesday's game in the top of the second inning with an elbow injury. Vargas, who was just activated off of the disabled list prior to Tuesday's game, was lifted after making 26 pitches against the Pirates.

Vargas, who left with elbow pain, will have an MRI on Wednesday. His next start would be scheduled for Sunday against the Astros, but his status for the game is certainly in question at this point.


Royals SP Jason Vargas activated from DL, starting Tuesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/21/2015) The Royals have activated right-hander Jason Vargas from the 15-day disabled list, and he is set to make the start on Tuesday against the Pirates. Vargas has been sidelined since early June with a forearm injury.

Vargas has made just eight starts for the Royals this year, but he was rolling at the time of his injury. He is 4-1 with a 2.67 ERA over his last five starts.


Royals SP Jason Vargas returning to rotation Tuesday vs. Pirates


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/17/2015) Royals starting pitcher Jason Vargas will return to the rotation Tuesday against the Pirates, manager Ned Yost said Friday.

Vargas, who has been sidelined since early June due to a forearm injury, threw 75 pitches in 5 1/3 innings during a rehab start Monday for Double-A Northwest Arkansas. He allowed two runs on seven hits (two home runs) and two walks, while striking out two.


GM: Royals 'leaning toward' bringing Jason Vargas off DL


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/16/2015) The Royals are "leaning toward" bringing starting pitcher Jason Vargas off the disabled list without making another rehab start, general manager Dayton Moore said Thursday. With a doubleheader Friday, the Royals will have a spot in the rotation open Tuesday against the Pirates.

Vargas, who has been sidelined since early June due to a forearm injury, threw 75 pitches in 5 1/3 innings during a rehab start Monday for Double-A Northwest Arkansas. He allowed two runs on seven hits (two home runs) and two walks, while striking out two.


Royals SP Jason Vargas decent in Monday rehab outing


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/13/2015) Royals rehabbing left-hander Jason Vargas threw 5 1/3 innings Monday night for Double-A Northwest Arkansas. He yielded two runs - both on homers - with two walks and two strikeouts. He threw 75 pitches.

Vargas has been sidelined for five weeks with a flexor strain. It remains to be seen when he returns to the mound for Kansas City.


Royals SP Jason Vargas to make rehab start on Monday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/8/2015) Royals left-hander Jason Vargas is expected to make a rehab start with Double-A Northwest Arkansas. This will be Vargas' first rehab appearance since landing on the disabled list with a left flexor strain on June 13.

It is not known how many rehab games Vargas will need before he is ready to rejoin the rotation. 


Royals SP Jason Vargas set for simulated game Wednesday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/7/2015) A simulated game scheduled for Royals rehabbing left-hander Jason Vargas has been pushed back from Tuesday to Wednesday, per Sports Radio 810. He will throw about 60 pitches.

Vargas has been sidelined for a month with a left flexor strain. He won five of seven decisions and posted a 4.10 ERA before going down.


Royals SP Jason Vargas to throw in simulated game Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/1/2015) Royals starter Jason Vargas, currently out with a flexor strain, is expected to throw two innings in a simulated game on Thursday. Vargas has been on the disabled list since June 13.

Vargas will likely need at least two more simulated outings before he is able to return, according to the Kansas City Star. The Royals have not provided a firm timetable for Vargas' return to the rotation.


Royals' Jason Vargas working toward simulated game


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/27/2015) Royals pitcher Jason Vargas threw a 34-pitch side session on Saturday, per MLB.com

Vargas is on the disabled list with a left flexor strain. 

He'll throw on the side again on Monday in preparation for a simulated game on Thursday. 


Royals' Jason Vargas plays catch before game


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/19/2015) Royals pitcher Jason Vargas played extended catch on the field before Friday's game, per MLB.com.

Vargas is on the disabled list with a left flexor strain. 

"He's feeling better," manager Ned Yost said. "We're stretching him out." 


Royals place Jason Vargas on DL, call up Brandon Finnegan


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/13/2015) The Royals placed pitcher Jason Vargas on the 15-day disabled list, the team announced on Saturday. 

Vargas has a left flexor strain. He reported discomfort the day after his last start and couldn't complete his bullpen session on Friday, per Fox Sports Kansas City.

To replace him, the Royals called up Brandon Finnegan from Triple-A Omaha, where he was 0-2 with a 9.00 ERA. 


Royals SP Jason Vargas tosses six scoreless innings in Monday's win


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/8/2015) Royals pitcher Jason Vargas did not allow a run over six innings of work during Monday's 3-1 victory over the Twins.

Vargas (5-2) scattered five hits while striking out two and he did not walk a batter. He received a win for his effort and his ERA now stands at 4.10. Monday's outing was the first time Vargas did not allow a run during a start this season.

He has not pitched past the sixth inning in any of his eight starts this season, but he has earned a quality start in three of his last four starts. His next expected start is scheduled for Sunday at St. Louis.


Royals' Jason Vargas allows two runs in win vs. Indians


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/3/2015) Royals pitcher Jason Vargas picked up a win on Wednesday, giving up two earned runs on eight hits in six innings while striking out three and walking none in his team's 4-2 victory over the Indians.

Vargas (4-2) has given up exactly two earned runs in each of his last four starts, but Wednesday's outing was just his second time during that stretch delivering more than five innings. He limited the Indians to an RBI double in the second inning and an RBI single in the third.

"Vargy hasn't pitched in about nine days," manager Ned Yost said, per MLB.com. "So he had a lot of 3-2 pitches early. But then he just got locked in after the third inning. He threw the ball great."

Vargas owns a 4.79 ERA and 23:11 K:BB ratio in 35 2/3 innings. He's slated to face the Twins in Minnesota on Monday.


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.