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Blood clot forces Jason Vargas to disabled list

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

A blood clot has derailed Jason Vargas' quality season.
A blood clot has derailed Jason Vargas' quality season. (USATSI)

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The Angels have placed starting pitcher Jason Vargas on the 15-day disabled list -- retroactive to June 18 -- due to a blood clot in his left armpit area, the club announced Friday. As a corresponding move, Billy Buckner has been recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake.

Vargas, 30, has been one of the few reliable pitchers for the Angels this season. He's 6-4 with a 3.65 ERA and 1.36 WHIP in 91 1/3 innings in his first season with Los Angeles. He was acquired last winter from Seattle in a trade for Kendrys Morales. In his last seven starts, however, Vargas is 5-1 with a 3.06 ERA.

No information was given as to a possible return date for Vargas.

Buckner, 29, made a spot start earlier this season for the Angels, picking up the win against the Royals after throwing five shutout innings and allowing only two hits. He's 6-2 with a 4.50 ERA, 1.49 WHIP and 61 strikeouts in 72 innings for Salt Lake this year.

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