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Los Angeles Angels' starting pitcher Jason Vargas is one step closer to returning to the Angels' rotation. MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez reports that Vargas completed a 45-pitch bullpen session on Friday, July 27, and claimed that he felt "100%." In fact, Vargas said that he feels "fantastic" and ready to begin more rigorous activity.
Often, it takes until the next day for a recovering pitcher to feel any ill effects from a bullpen session, especially his first one. Vargas felt no ill effects on Saturday. He threw all 45 pitches in one stint without a chance to cool down and warm up again as if sitting between innings. Plans call for an up-and-down session on Monday, which will give the left-hander a chance to do just that.
If Monday's session goes well, then Vargas could pitch batting practice and simulated games later this week. Then, he could find himself beginning a Minor League rehab assignment as early as next Sunday, August 4. Right now, he is slated to return to the Angels' rotation in mid-August.
Vargas is on the disabled list after having surgery to remove a blood clot from his left armpit. Manager Mike Scioscia expressed pleasure with how well the surgery went and how fast Vargas has recovered physically. Said Scioscia,
"Our medical department's totally happy with where the surgery was. That's fine. There are no restrictions there. It's a matter of getting his arm in shape."
Vargas last pitched on June 17 and at the time was 6-4 with a 3.65 ERA in 14 starts. He completed two of those starts, one of them a shutout. Angels starters have had their share of problems, going 34-41 with a 4.40 ERA in the rotation as play begins on July 28. The Angels were expected to contend for and possibly win the A.L. West, but they are 12 games out in the division and 8.5 games out of a Wild Card berth.
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