Upon throwing pitch number 26 of the evening, Jason Vargas looked down at his throwing arm, which seemed to gingerly recoil after uncorking a changeup, and gestured to the dugout implying that his night was over.
This was Vargas's first start back from the disabled list after rehabbing in the minors from a flexor strain in his throwing elbow.
Having spent two separate stretches on the disabled list already this season with elbow injuries, the initial concern is obviously that Tommy John surgery is in the cards for the Royals hurler.
Jason Vargas is in the middle of his second year on a four-year deal that guarantees him $8.5 million this year and next and $8.0 million in 2017. He has thrown a total of 43.0 IP this season.
In game, it seems unlikely to have any news regarding a corresponding move until after the game.
KC won't make a decision on their rotation until they discuss with Yost and Eiland. Those gentlemen are currently busy. Enjoy the game!— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughStar) July 22, 2015
Andy McCullough and Joel Goldberg posted the following similar news on Twitter:
Jason Vargas left with left medial elbow pain. He will undergo an MRI tomorrow.— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughStar) July 22, 2015
#Royals announce Jason Vargas left the game with left medial elbow pain and will have an MRI tomorrow— Joel Goldberg (@goldbergkc) July 22, 2015
More news to come as the situation develops.