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Vargas (elbow) will require Tommy John surgery on his torn UCL, manager Ned Yost confirmed to the Kansas City Star on Wednesday.
Vargas left Tuesday's start due to "left medial elbow pain" and will undergo an MRI on Wednesday, Matthew DeFranks of Sports Radio 810 reports.
Vargas (hip) was activated from the DL and has been confirmed as Tuesday's starter against the Pirates.
Vargas (hip) will return from the DL to start Tuesday's game against the Pirates, Andy McCullough of the KC Star reports.
Vargas (hip) gave up two runs over 5.1 innings in Monday's rehab start for Double-A Northwest Arkansas, Matthew DeFranks of FOX Sports Kansas City reports.
Vargas (hip) will throw a simulated game Thursday, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports.
Vargas picked up his fifth win with six shutout innings Tuesday against the Twins. He struck out two, walked none, and allowed five hits.
Vargas gave up two runs on eight hits and struck out three in six innings Wednesday against the Indians.
Vargas (3-2) lasted four innings in his first start since being activated from the disabled list, allowing two earned runs, four hits and a walk, fanning six in the losing effort.
Vargas will be activated and start for the Royals on Tuesday against the Yankees, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports.
Vargas (elbow) will throw a bullpen session Tuesday and a simulated game Friday before returning to the rotation, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports.
Vargas (elbow) threw a successful bullpen session Sunday, Matthew DeFranks of FOX Sports Kansas City reports.
Vargas (elbow) said an examination revealed no damage to his UCL, and he is hopeful he will only miss a few starts, the Kansas City Star's Andy McCullough reports.
Vargas earned his third win of the season Tuesday versus the Indians, only allowing two earned runs, two hits and two walks in six innings.
Vargas struck out four and walked one while allowing five runs on eight hits over 5.2 innings Tuesday against the Twins.
Vargas (1-1) was chased without getting an out in the fourth inning Thursday in Minnesota after allowing five runs (four earned) on 10 hits and a walk.