Vargas was activated from the disabled list on Tuesday before his start against the Pittsburgh Pirates, which he left in the second inning after experiencing medial elbow pain in his throwing arm. It was Vargas's first start since June 8 after missing time with a flexor strain in his left elbow.
UCL tears often require Tommy John surgery for a full recovery. This is the third time this season that Vargas has gone on the DL with a left elbow injury.
Vargas, 32, signed a four-year, $32 million deal with the Royals before the 2014 season. In nine starts this year, he is 5–2 with a 3.98 ERA.
- Rohan Nadkarni