Royals don’t expect Jason Vargas to contribute in 2016

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Royals starter Jason Vargas underwent Tommy John surgery last August and was given a timetable of 14 months, which was also given to Luke Hochevar last season and Tim Collins for this season. As such, the Royals aren’t expecting him to contribute, even if he’s ready for a potential postseason push in October,’s Jeffrey Flanagan reports.

Vargas, 33, is signed through 2017, earning $8.5 million this season and $8 million next. Last season, the lefty posted a 3.98 ERA with 27 strikeouts and 12 walks across 43 innings before hitting the shelf with his elbow injury.

Over the offseason, the Royals added Ian Kennedy and Mike Minor, re-signed Chris Young, and added a handful of pitchers on minor league deals in an attempt to maintain starting rotation depth.