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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: 9 | Salary: $8,500,000 | Owned/Started%: 70/10 | Average Draft Position: 213.08
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Jason Vargas making return Saturday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2014) Royals pitcher Jason Vargas has been cleared to return to the rotation, and will make his first start in nearly a month Saturday in Oakland.

Vargas has recovered fully from an appendectomy, and made a simulated start Tuesday, which convinced the team he was ready to return. He had a 3.31 ERA in 125 innings prior to the injury.  


Jason Vargas could return to rotation this weekend


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) Royals pitcher Jason Vargas may rejoin the rotation Saturday and face the A's, MLB.com reports.

Vargas has been sidelined since July 8 while recovering from an appendectomy. He threw 60 pitches in four innings during a simulated game Tuesday and said the session went well. Vargas owns a 3.31 ERA and 82:29 K:BB ratio in 125 innings.


Jason Vargas to throw again Thursday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Royals starting pitcher Jason Vargas (appendectomy) threw a simulated game Saturday and will throw another one Thursday, according to MLB.com. 

"Every day that I threw, there were big progressions as far as how I felt each time," Vargas said. "I think I got over that hurdle the last time I got off the mound, and [Saturday], I was just pretty much focused on executing pitches and it went all right."


Jason Vargas to throw simulated game Saturday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2014) Royals pitcher Jason Vargas threw a side session on Wednesday and is scheduled to throw a simulated game on Saturday, as he continues to work his way back from an appendectomy, MLB.com reports Thursday. Vargas has been sidelined since July 8. He is 8-4 with a 3.31 ERA and 82:29 K:BB ratio in 125 innings.

Bruce Chen set to start Sunday in place of Jason Vargas


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2014) Veteran left-hander Bruce Chen is set to start Sunday for the Royals against visiting Cleveland, again in place of Jason Vargas, who is still recovering from an appendectomy.

Chen filled in quite admirably Tuesday night by yielding one run in five innings against the White Sox and earning the victory.


Jason Vargas unlikely to return Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/22/2014) Royals manager Ned Yost said Tuesday that it's "unlikely" pitcher Jason Vargas will return from the disabled list Sunday, the Kansas City Star reports.

Vargas has been out since July 8 while recovering from an appendectomy, but it was believed he may be ready to return Sunday after completing a 20-pitch bullpen session yesterday. However, it looks like he'll be sidelined for a little while longer. Vargas is 8-4 with a 3.31 ERA and 82:29 K:BB ratio in 125 innings.


Jason Vargas throws 20-pitch bullpen session Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/21/2014) Royals pitcher Jason Vargas completed a 20-pitch bullpen session Monday, the Kansas City Star reports.

Vargas has been sidelined since July 8 while recovering from an appendectomy. If all goes well his rehab this week, the pitcher could return to the Royals as soon as Sunday. Vargas is 8-4 with a 3.31 ERA and 82:29 K:BB ratio in 125 innings.


Jason Vargas may be back with Royals next week


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/20/2014) Royals left-handed starter Jason Vargas could return to the rotation as soon as next week, the Kansas City Star has reported.

Vargas has been rehabbing after undergoing an appendectomy on July 9. He is on track for a short bullpen session Wednesday. Pitching coach Dave Eiland has indicated that Vargas might need only two or three such sessions to complete his comeback.


Jason Vargas throws from 110 feet Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/19/2014) Royals pitcher Jason Vargas threw again Saturday from as far as 110 feet, MLB.com reports.

"Vargy threw again today, did good, and he'll take tomorrow off," manager Ned Yost said Saturday. "We'll probably look to get him throwing Monday and Tuesday, and probably a little bit off the mound on Wednesday, so he's making progress."

Vargas is recovering from a July 9 appendectomy, and the team doesn't yet know whether he'll need a rehab assignment before returning to the rotation. He's 9-4 with a 3.31 ERA and 82:29 K:BB ratio in 125 innings.


Jason Vargas resumes throwing Friday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/18/2014) Royals pitcher Jason Vargas resumed throwing on Friday, according to MLB.com. Vargas started throwing from approximately 60 feet and extended his throwing to as far as 90 feet. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list on July 10 and remains without a timetable moving forward.

Royals unveil rotation plans


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/13/2014) The Royals will open the second half with James Shields starting Friday at Boston, reports the Kansas City Star. Lefty Danny Duffy will pitch Saturday, with Yordano Ventura starting next Sunday.

Jeremy Guthrie and Bruce Chen will fill the fourth and fifth spots of the rotation. Chen is filling in for Jason Vargas, who's recovering from an appendectomy.


Royals place Jason Vargas on DL, recall Louis Coleman


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/10/2014) The Royals announced Thursday they placed starting pitcher Jason Vargas (appendectomy) on the 15-day disabled list. Pitcher Louis Coleman was recalled from Triple-A Omaha to take his roster spot.

Jason Vargas expected to miss 3-4 weeks


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2014) Royals pitcher Jason Vargas is expected to miss three-to-four weeks following an appendectomy, according to the Kansas City Star.

Team trainer Nick Kenney said that's the expected recovery from this surgery. Vargas went to the hospital with stomach pain Wednesday where it was discovered he would need to have his appendix removed. He has a 3.31 ERA over 125 innings. 


Jason Vargas to have an appendectomy, miss next start


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2014) Royals pitcher Jason Vargas will have an appendectomy, according to the Kansas City Star.

Vargas was checked into the hospital Wednesday due to stomach pain. He is not expected to return to Kansas City until Friday. Vargas was slated to start Sunday's game, but will be replaced by Bruce Chen. 

Over 125 innings, Vargas has a 3.31 ERA. 


Jason Vargas checked into hospital with illness


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2014) Royals pitcher Jason Vargas had to be taken to the hospital Wednesday due to a stomach virus, reports the Kansas City Star.

Vargas took the loss in his start Tuesday, but did not seem to be dealing with any issues at the time. At this point, the severity of the illness is not yet known, but he has some time before his next start, set for Sunday against the Tigers.  


Jason Vargas pegged with the loss Tuesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/8/2014) Royals pitcher Jason Vargas was pegged with a loss Tuesday against the Rays.

Vargas pitched well during the outing. He allowed just two earned runs over 5 2/3 innings of work. Vargas struck out two and walked three during the contest. He was solid throughout most of the outing, but ran into trouble in the sixth inning. After allowing two consecutive hits to open the frame, Vargas gave up a two-run single to Evan Longoria. He was able to collect two outs before being pulled after giving up a walk.

The loss drops Vargas to 8-4. His next start will come against the Tigers. 


Jason Vargas tosses seven scoreless, earns eighth win


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/2/2014) Royals starting pitcher Jason Vargas allowed four hits over seven scoreless innings Wednesday at Minnesota, leading Kansas City to a 4-0 win. He issued two walks and struck out five.

Vargas (8-3) began the game with two strikeouts before allowing a single to Chris Parmelee. He allowed another single to Trevor Plouffe in the second inning, an infield single to Parmelee leading off the fourth and a single to Sam Fuld in the fifth. Vargas struck out the last batter he faced in the seventh.

He won for the first time in three starts Wednesday. The veteran lefty will return to action Tuesday at Tampa Bay.


Jason Vargas hurt by long ball in no-decision


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/28/2014) Royals pitcher Jason Vargas got plenty of support, but could not come away with a victory in an 8-6 win over the Angels Friday.

Vargas lasted just four innings in the game, spoiling his chance for a win. He was tagged with six runs on nine hits in four innings of work, with four of the six runs coming via home runs. He also struck out just one batter on 63 pitches before leaving the game.

Vargas has a 7-3 record and 3.53 ERA heading into his next start, set for Wednesday in Minnesota. 


Jason Vargas hard-luck loser against Mariners


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/21/2014) Jason Vargas nearly hurled a complete game for the Royals on Saturday. Instead, he fell one out short and was saddled with the loss to his former Mariners teammates.

Vargas had yielded only one run in 8 2/3 innings, but surrendered a double to Kyle Seager, single to Stefen Romero and RBI hit to Dustin Ackley to turn what could have been a win or no-decision into a defeat. He finished having given up 10 hits with no walks and two strikeouts.

His next start is scheduled for Friday against the Angels.


Jason Vargas gives up two runs in win vs. Tigers Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/16/2014) Royals pitcher Jason Vargas earned a win Monday after giving up two earned runs on seven hits and two walks in seven innings and striking out four in his team's 11-8 victory over the Tigers.

Vargas (7-2) gave up a run in the third inning and another in the fourth to put himself in a hole, but the Royals offense came alive at that point, racking up 11 runs in a three-inning span to give the pitcher a comfortable lead. He owns a 3.25 ERA and 71:25 K:BB ratio in 99 2/3 innings. Vargas is slated to take on the Mariners Saturday.


Jason Vargas surrenders three runs in win vs. Indians


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/10/2014) Royals pitcher Jason Vargas earned a win Tuesday, giving up three earned runs on six hits in 7 2/3 innings while striking out five and walking none in his team's 9-5 victory over the Indians.

Vargas (6-2) entered the eighth inning with seven scoreless frames to his credit, but the Indians were able to pick up three runs on three hits and a hit batsman. He owns a 3.30 ERA and 67:23 K:BB ratio in 92 2/3 innings. Vargas is slated to face the Tigers Monday.


Royals adjust starting rotation


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/9/2014) With Monday's home contest against the Yankees postponed because of inclement weather, Royals manager Ned Yost will give his starting rotation an extra day of rest, the Kansas City Star reports.

Jason Vargas, who was scheduled to pitch Monday, will be pushed back for Tuesday's opener against the Indians, followed by Yordano Ventura on Wednesday. Jeremy Guthrie will take the hill for a weekend series against the White Sox in Chicago on Friday, followed by Danny Duffy on Saturday and James Shields on Sunday.

Jason Vargas pitches well in no-decision


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/5/2014) Royals starter Jason Vargas put together one of his best performances of the season Wednesday against St. Louis, but the offense failed to lift him up in a 5-2, extra-innings loss.

Vargas limited the Cardinals to just two runs in eight innings of work, but was never in line for a win. He actually left in line for the loss, before the offense rallied in the ninth inning to send it to extras.

Vargas ultimately allowed his two runs on nine hits over eight innings, while throwing 117 pitches for strikes. He struck out three batters in the outing, while settling for the no decision.

Vargas remains 5-2 on the season, while sporting a 3.28 ERA in 85 innings of work. His next outing is set for Monday against the Yankees. 


Royals' defense helping Jason Vargas, Danny Duffy


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(6/3/2014) In a recent blog post, I explained how David Price and Erik Bedard could gain Fantasy value, should the Rays opt to use Kevin Kiermaier -- a superb defender -- to replace the injured Wil Myers in right field. While the Rays may get a defensive upgrade in Myers' absence, the Royals have already been getting excellent outfield defense from Alex Gordon, Lorenzo Cain and Norichika Aoki, and Jason Vargas and Danny Duffy have been the main beneficiaries.

Vargas is doing his usual thing: not blowing hitters away, but pitching with good enough control to offer a passable WHIP (1.23). The move to Kauffman Stadium hasn't worked out as well for Vargas as Fantasy owners might have hoped (eight home runs in 37 2/3 innings and a 5.26 ERA at home), but the Royals' outfield has likely provided a boost. Batters are hitting just .062 on flyballs in play, which has helped Vargas' WHIP as well as his 3.39 ERA.

Duffy has apparently benefitted even more than Vargas. That would make sense, since Duffy's 43 percent flyball rate is 12 percentage points higher than Vargas'. It's a good thing that Duffy has allowed a microscopic .041 BABIP on flyballs, since he has been allowing lots of contact over his six starts (5 percent whiff rate) and issuing nearly a walk every other inning. Despite his shortcomings, Duffy has a more-than-respectable 3.27 ERA and 1.15 WHIP as a starter.

Neither pitcher is a good bet for strikeouts, but particularly in two-start weeks, both Vargas and Duffy are worth considering, in part, due to the assist they appear to be getting from their outfield defense.


Jason Vargas stays sharp in win over Toronto


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/30/2014) Royals pitcher Jason Vargas (5-2) tossed another quality start on Friday and was able to get back in the win column against the Blue Jays in Toronto. The right-hander permitted one run on seven hits and three walks while striking out seven in six innings of a 6-1 victory.

Over his last two starts covering 12 1/3 innings, Vargas has yielded only two earned runs. He owns a 3.39 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP in 12 starts (77 innings). He will look to keep rolling Wednesday at home against St. Louis. He is 3-2 with a 5.26 ERA in six starts.