Royals lose Vargas, recall Ventura, and more minors roster news

The KC Royals received bad news this afternoon, as lefty starter Jason Vargas, who left last night’s game after 26 pitches with pain in his elbow, has a UCL tear.

Royals starter Jason Vargas in a 2014 spring training start against SD (Jen Nevius).

Royals starter Jason Vargas in a 2014 spring training start against SD (Jen Nevius).

UCL tears usually mean Tommy John surgery. Meaning, Vargas will most likely miss the entire 2016 season.

With Vargas heading to the DL, the Royals recalled Yordano Ventura, who was optioned yesterday and probably never made it to Omaha. So much for Ventura figuring things out in the minors.

With the trading deadline approaching, will the Royals make a splash on the market to acquire an ace?

Right now, their rotation consists of Edinson Volquez, Chris Young (if his back holds up), Jeremy Guthrie, Danny Duffy, and Ventura. Joe Blanton and Kris Medlen could jump in in a pinch.

Is that a World Series winning rotation?

Or will they make a BIG trade, with some thinking Philadelphia’s Cole Hamels is a good fit.

STAY TUNED.

 

  • Royals reliever Casey Coleman warming up on July 5, 2014 in Cleveland (Jen Nevius).

    Royals reliever Casey Coleman warming up on July 5, 2014 in Cleveland (Jen Nevius).

    With the USA Pan Am Games players returning to the minors, Triple-A Omaha made their first move to add one of those players back to their roster. Reliever Casey Coleman returned to the active roster.

  • The Storm Chasers still need to add first baseman Casey Kotchman and reliever Buddy Baumann. I wonder if they will try and trade Kotchman, as Balbino Fuenmayor (his replacement) is hitting .410 since his promotion to Omaha.
  • Outfielder Moises Sierra, who was hitting a respectable .289 and went 3-for-4 last night, was released. Unless Sierra asked for his release, I’m curious as to why the Royals did not try to trade him, especially with his big league experience.
  • Catcher Cam Gallagher returned to High-A Wilmington for their three-game series in Salem. Gallagher played in just one game with Team USA during the Pan Am Games. Luis Villegas was sent to rookie level Burlington. In his final Blue Rocks game, Villegas went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI in yesterday’s series finale loss.
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About Jen Nevius

I first became a KC Royals fan way back in 1995 when I attended my first Wilmington Blue Rocks game. I fell in love with minor league baseball then and began following the Royals as former Blue Rocks clawed their way to the big leagues. 3+ years ago I started covering the Royals for Aerys Sports, but since the site has been shut down, I am going out on my own.
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