Jason Vargas returns from the disabled list to pitch for the Royals tonight as Kansas City plays the second game of a two-game series against the New York Yankees in the Bronx. First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. Central. Fox Sports Kansas City will televise the game.
Jason Vargas survived his simulated game on Friday afternoon, but the Royals have declined to reveal the next step on his return from the disabled list. Manager Ned Yost indicated the club could either assign him another simulated outing, send him on a rehabilitation assignment or activation him next week.
Erik Kratz boomed a home run on Friday night in his first game on a rehabilitation assignment with Class AAA Omaha. Royals manager Ned Yost on indicated Kratz would remain with the Storm Chasers at least through the weekend. Yost stopped short of declaring Kratz was still his primary backup catcher.
The Royals turn to Edinson Volquez to extend their winning streak to five games as they host the St. Louis Cardinals in the second game of a three-game interleague series tonight at Kauffman Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 6:15 p.m. The Fox network (WDAF-TV in Kansas City) will televise the game.
Jason Vargas threw a three-inning simulated game in what figures to be the final step in the recovery process from an elbow injury before returning to the rotation. Among the hitters he faced, Alex Rios, who took outdoor batting practice for first time since fracturing a hand bone in April.
Royals left-hander Danny Duffy will skip his next turn in the starting rotation because of shoulder stiffness. Duffy, who was slated to pitch Saturday against the Cardinals at Kauffman Stadium, will next pitch on Tuesday in New York against the Yankees.
On Sunday against the St. Louis Cardinals, Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar nearly pulled off a terrific catch, a bare-handed attempt at a soft pop-up off the bat of Yadier Molina, but the ball glanced off Escboar’s hand.
The Royals stormed through the first two legs of this three-series homestand. They went 4-1 against the Yankees and the Reds to set the stage for a weekend clash with the St. Louis Cardinals. The two first-place clubs will tangle on Friday night.