Sunday, June 23, 2013
Impact of Vargas' injury
By Jason Catania
The Los Angeles Angels lost more than their most consistent pitcher when Jason Vargas had to be placed on the disabled list over the weekend.
A blood clot was discovered in Vargas' left armpit, and the left-hander may need surgery to address the health concern, according to reports.
Vargas is far from an elite arm, but the veteran has been the Angels' best starter this year, especially with the early-season injury to Jered Weaver. Vargas is 6-4 with a 3.65 ERA.
Without Vargas for what will almost definitely be an extended period of time, the Angels' chances of getting back in the playoff picture following their terrible start would decrease dramatically.
The club is turning to Jerome Williams, who went 4-3 with a 3.78 ERA over eight starts while filling in for Weaver earlier in the year, to take Vargas' rotation spot.
The other factor here is that Vargas is about to embark on his first pass at free agency, which makes the timing of this injury especially tough for the 30-year-old. It's also possible Vargas could have been used as trade bait to help the Angels restock their depleted farm system if they were to have remained out of contention.