Vargas to have Tommy John Surgery

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Jason Vargas was officially off of the DL for 26 pitches before he had to leave Tuesday's game with "Elbow Discomfort." 

MRI's today showed that Vargy had a torn Ulnar Collateral Ligament and he is going in for evaluation for Tommy John Surgery.  This is the normal surgery that follows such an injury. Previous Royals who have had the same have been Danny Duffy, Luke Hochevar and Chris Medlen has had the procedure twice.

The timeline for his return will probably not be until the 2017 season, due to a 12-15 month healing and rehabilitation timeline.  Best case scenario would be post season 2016. 

To replace Vargas, the Royals recalled recently optioned Yordano Ventura who will be placed back on the 25 man roster after spending all of less than 24 hours in banishment to AAA Omaha. He was originally optioned to make room for Vargas who was coming off of his second DL stint.

Vargas has two years remaining on his current contract with the Royals, so his time table will leave him with one year left with the Royals. Each of the remaining 2 years Vargas is set to earn $8.5 million and $8 million respecively.

Since he will be put on the DL the Royals have already called back up Yordano Ventura.  It is unclear as of now if he will be the starter taking over his spot, or if Joe Blanton, or Kris Medlen will assume that role.

Vargas pitched 187 innings for the Royals last season, finishing with a 3.71 ERA. He was only able to complete 43 innings this season with multiple stints on the DL. He finishes with a 3.98 ERA on the season.

 

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