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Jason Vargas out 3-4 weeks following appendectomy

Jul 10, 2014, 11:51 AM EST

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Jason Vargas‘ strong first half ends on a sad note, as the Royals left-hander underwent an appendectomy Wednesday and is expected to miss at least 3-4 weeks.

Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports that Bruce Chen will step into Vargas’ rotation spot after posting a 7.11 ERA in 25 innings so far this season. Chen did have a 3.61 ERA in 15 starts for the Royals last year. The good news, according to McCullough, is that Vargas’ appendix didn’t burst and he was able to make it to the hospital after waking up with severe abdominal pain at 4:00 am.

Signed to a four-year, $32 million contract this offseason that draw quite a bit of criticism, Vargas has a career-best 3.31 ERA and was on pace for a career-high 225 innings after throwing just 150 innings for the Angels last year.

  1. sportsdrenched - Jul 10, 2014 at 12:09 PM

    That’s gonna hurt, but not as much as having an appendix removed, I’m guessing.

  2. infieldhit - Jul 10, 2014 at 12:32 PM

    And this is after he had that blood clot last year that took him out for a while. Pretty hard luck.

  3. seattlenative57 - Jul 10, 2014 at 2:29 PM

    Had my appendix removed July 1st after it ruptured. It hurt a lot but is healing nicely from lap scope procedure. Recovery time is 2-3 weeks but should be complete without any restrictions after that timeframe. Vargas should be ready to return before August. Of course, I will not need any rehab starts while Jason may need a game or two.

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