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Ned Yost Media Session July 22

Royals starter Jason Vargas was placed on the 15-day disabled list after he tore his left ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) in the second inning of Tuesday night’s game.  The Royals recalled Yordano Ventura, to take his place on the 25-man roster, one day after sending Ventura down to Triple-A Omaha.  Manager Ned Yost made the decision to bring back Ventura because if he did not bring Ventura back today, “Ace” would have to stay in the Minors for 10 days.  Yost also noted that the Royals needed a starter for Sunday and Ventura was their best option.  Regarding Vargas’ injury, Yost said, “the report didn’t come back good, and he’s definitely going to have surgery” and most likely “Tommy John” surgery.

Despite losing Vargas in the second inning, the Royals bullpen picked up the void and scattered seven hits and one run across 7.2 innings, with 10 strikeouts, to get the win over the Pirates.  Having a bullpen that can pitch nearly an entire game extremely effectively gives the Royals a “big advantage” over other teams in the league. “We’ve got guys who can come in the ball game and hold the ball game right there and give us a chance to score,” said Yost.

By: Sal DeFeo

Ned Yost Media Session July 21

Royals pitcher Yordano “Ace” Ventura was optioned to Triple-A Omaha and starter Jason Vargas was reinstated.  Manager Ned Yost said that the move was influenced a lot by using Kris Medlen last night and the recent workload of the bullpen.  According to Yost, the move will also be good for Ventura to get his confidence back with a few starts in Omaha to work on his command, “a lot of times it good for a player to take a step back, so they can take three or four steps forward,” said Yost.

The entire Royals organization including staff, players and front office all have confidence in Ventura that he will be ready to go after his stint in the minors is over.  Manager Yost told the media that if we (the Royals) are going to make it back to the World Series this year he (Ventura) will be a big part of it.  Ventura is scheduled to make his first start in Triple-A this Saturday.

Jason Vargas will start tonight for the first time since going on the disabled list five weeks ago.  Vargy threw 90 pitches in his last rehab start, without any discomfort and should not be limited by a pitch count.

By: Sal DeFeo

Jason Vargas will wear #51, thanks to his daughter

Some Major League players are linked to one number throughout their careers while others are fine with switching from time to time.  We were visiting with reporters before yesterday’s press conference and the question came up – what number(s) had Jason Vargas worn previously and what number would he wear in KC?  A quick search of revealed that the lefty has donned 56 (Marlins), 43 (Mets), 38 (Mariners) and 60 (Angels).  We knew 51 was his new choice, but why 51?  The question was asked early in the press conference…Vargas looked at all of the available numbers and left the decision to three-year-old daughter Elizabeth.  Vargas will be the 15th Royal to wear 51 in the regular season.  The list includes Johnny Damon, who wore the number as a rookie in 1995 before switching to 18, and Jonathan Broxton, the last player to wear the number (2012). Great choice, Elizabeth!  51 it is!

Jason Vargas  press conference

Royals add Jason Vargas to 40-man roster, designate George Kottaras for assignment

The Royals announced have added left-handed pitcher Jason Vargas to the 40-man roster. To clear a spot on the Major League 40-man roster, the Royals have designated catcher George Kottaras for assignment.  Kottaras was KC’s backup catcher in 2013.  He recorded five home runs and 12 RBI in 46 games.

Royals sign free agent pitcher Jason Vargas to four-year deal

The Royals announced today that they have agreed to terms with free agent left-handed pitcher Jason Vargas on a four-year Major League contract upon completion of a physical, which he passed today. Per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Vargas, 30, went 9-8 with a 4.02 ERA in 24 starts with the Los Angeles Angels last season, recording 109 strikeouts in 150.0 innings. He tallied a pair of shutouts, making him one of just eight American League pitchers to collect multiple shutouts during the 2013 season. The left-handed hurler was named A.L. Pitcher of the Month in May, going 5-0 with a 2.30 ERA in six starts, his second monthly award in the last two years. Vargas has tossed five shutouts over the last three seasons, which is tied with former teammate Felix Hernandez for fifth in the Major Leagues in that span.
A workhorse throughout his career, Vargas has logged 568.1 innings over the last three seasons, including a career high 217.1 frames for Seattle in 2012, which were the most by a left-handed pitcher that season. His nine complete games since the start of 2011 are tied for fifth-most in the Major Leagues, including second-most among southpaws. He set career bests in wins (14), starts (33), innings pitched (217.1), strikeouts (141), WHIP (1.18) and quality starts (22) during the 2012 season with Seattle.

Vargas and his wife, Shelley, reside in Phoenix, Ariz., with their son, Joshua, and daughter, Elizabeth.

We welcome Jason and his family to Kansas City!


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