KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jason Vargas’ season is over for the Kansas City Royals, according a story on The Kansas City Star’s website this afternoon.
Vargas suffered a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow in his first start back from the disabled list on Tuesday. He hadn’t even thrown 30 pitches when he signaled to the dugout that something was wrong.
In his stead, the Royals recalled Yordano Ventura, who had been optioned on Tuesday. Ironically, club officials had indicated they sent Ventura down more for an attitude adjustment as his second season has been defined by erratic pitching and ill-advised behavior.
Vargas’ injury usually results in Tommy John surgery, which if that’s the case, he’ll probably be out perhaps for the 2017 season.
Vargas’ injury could force the Royals to seek a pitcher before the July 31 trade deadline. There have been numerous reports the team is interested in Cincinnati’s Johnny Cueto, who will be a free agent at the end of the year and more than likely would be a two-month rental.