The Royals have announced that Jason Vargas has been placed back on the 15 day disabled list with a left-flexor strain, the same injury that landed him on the disabled list back on May 8. Vargas had pitched well in his return from the disabled list, tossing six shutout innings his last time out against Minnesota.
To replace him on the roster, the Royals have recalled pitcher Brandon Finnegan from AAA Omaha. There is no word if Finnegan is back as a reliever of if he will start in place of Vargas in the rotation. Finnegan has a 1.86 ERA in 9 2/3 innings for the Royals this year, but allowed six walks. He had mixed results in the minors this year with a 5.62 ERA and 7.1 walks-per-nine innings, but 30 strikeouts in 24 innings. Finnegan or Joe Blanton could be candidates to replace Vargas in the rotation.
Left-hander John Lamb left his start for Omaha last night after just four innings, so he could be called up to replace Vargas as well. Lamb is 6-1 with a 2.78 ERA in ten starts for Omaha this year with nearly a strikeout per inning. The 24-year old was once a top prospect but has struggled since having Tommy John surgery in 2011. Right-hander Aaron Brooks could also be a candidate to fill in a rotation spot after a 3.38 ERA in 11 games with Omaha this year.
Danny Duffy is still scheduled to make four rehab starts in Omaha until June 24. Yordano Ventura could also be a candidate to land on the disabled list after leaving last night's start after just three innings due to three fingers going numb.
The rotation is very much in flux right now.
EDIT: The latest on Yordano Ventura:
Ventura MRI showed fluid around ulnar nerve. #Royals dont believe it is serious and think he will make next start— Jeffrey Flanagan (@FlannyMLB) June 13, 2015