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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%: 77/41 | Average Draft Position: 213.20
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Jason Vargas drops another decision Friday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/30/2014) Royals pitcher Jason Vargas was not at his best Friday night against the Indians, dropping to 10-7 on the season. The left-hander was charged with four runs on 10 hits and no walks while striking out five over six innings of work.

Over his last four starts covering 28 innings, Vargas has allowed seven earned runs. He owns a 3.27 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP over 25 starts (162 1/3 innings). His next start will come Wednesday at home against Texas.

Jason Vargas walks four in loss vs. Rangers Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/24/2014) Royals pitcher Jason Vargas took a loss Sunday, giving up three runs (two earned) on 11 hits and four walks in six innings and striking out three in his team's 3-1 defeat against the Rangers.

It's a wonder Vargas (10-6) didn't give up more runs after putting 15 runners on base in six innings of work. He managed to deliver his third straight quality start but still ended up taking a loss. Vargas owns a 3.17 ERA and 102:34 K:BB ratio in 156 1/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Indians Friday.


Jason Vargas picks up 10th win Monday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/18/2014) Royals pitcher Jason Vargas turned in a strong start against the Twins Monday.

Vargas allowed one run on four hits over seven innings. He struck out three and walked one. Vargas’ only blemish was a solo home run. After opening the game with six straight scoreless innings, Vargas gave up his only run in the seventh. Oswaldo Arcia managed to muscle a 2-2 pitch out to right for the solo shot. Other than that, Vargas did a great job keeping the Twins off the bases. 

With the win, Vargas improved to 10-5. He’ll take on the Rangers in his next start. 


Jason Vargas tosses complete game shutout Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/13/2014) Royals pitcher Jason Vargas tossed a complete game shutout Wednesday against the Athletics. 

Vargas gave up three hits during the performance. He struck out four and did not issue any walks. Vargas threw just 97 pitches during the start. Two of the three hits given up by Vargas came in the first inning. After that, he was dominant. The win brings Vargas to 9-5 on the year. His next start will come against the Twins. 


Jason Vargas allows two runs in no-decision vs. Giants


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/8/2014) Royals pitcher Jason Vargas didn't factor into Friday's decision, allowing two earned runs on nine hits in five innings and striking out five in his team's 4-2 victory over the Giants.

Vargas received a 2-0 lead by the time he took the mound in the bottom of the first, but he gave both runs back in the third inning and eventually left the start with the game still tied. It was a nice rebound effort after surrendering seven runs in his previous outing. Vargas owns a 3.68 ERA and 92:29 K:BB ratio in 134 1/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the A's Wednesday.


Jason Vargas battered after four perfect innings


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/2/2014) Pitching for the first time in nearly a month, Royals pitcher Jason Vargas ran out of gas early Saturday, in an 8-3 loss to the A's.

Vargas pitched well for the first four innings, retiring the first 12 batters he faced heading into the fifth inning. Unfortunately, he hit a wall from that point on, as the A's tagged him for seven runs before he was removed with one out down in the inning.

Vargas was charged with seven runs on seven hits in 4 1/3 innings in the game, while striking out five batters. He took the loss to fall to 8-5 on the season, while his ERA rose to 3.69 heading into his scheduled start against the Giants Friday. 


Jason Vargas brought off DL for Saturday start


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/2/2014) The Royals officially activated pitcher Jason Vargas from the 15-day disabled list Saturday, ahead of his scheduled start against the Athletics.  

Vargas has been out since July 8 after undergoing an appendectomy. He had a 3.31 ERA and 8-4 record in 19 starts before the surgery. 


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.