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Royals keep quiet on next step for injured pitcher Jason Vargas

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.
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. JSLEEZER@KCSTAR.COM

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.

“We’ll decide that in the next couple days,” Yost said before Saturday’s game against St. Louis.

The last option appears the most feasible, as both Vargas and Yost downplayed the necessity of a rehab stint after Vargas strained a flexor muscle in his left elbow at the end of April. The only question left is who Vargas replaces in the rotation. Yost does not intend to use a six-man rotation.

There appear to be two choices. The team could shift Chris Young back into the bullpen. Or they could remove Danny Duffy from the rotation, and potentially option him to Class AAA Omaha. Duffy will start on Tuesday in New York after being scratched for Saturday due to shoulder stiffness.

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