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Vargas nearing his return to Royals' rotation

Left-hander is slated to throw another simulated game on Thursday

Vargas nearing his return to Royals' rotation

KANSAS CITY -- Left-hander Jason Vargas is getting closer to returning to the Royals' rotation.

Vargas threw a simulated game on Saturday at Kauffman Stadium and will do the same on Thursday, upping the number of pitches he'll throw to the 60 range.

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Out since an appendectomy on July 9, Vargas has missed three starts with fellow lefty Bruce Chen taking his spot.

"Every day that I threw, there were big progressions as far as how I felt each time," Vargas said.

On Saturday, there was no pulling sensation where the appendix was removed.

"I think I got over that hurdle the last time I got off the mound, and [Saturday], I was just pretty much focused on executing pitches and it went all right," Vargas said.

Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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