Vargas (calf) isn't expected to miss his next start after leaving Sunday's game against St. Louis, Tim Healey of Newsday reports. Vargas reportedly felt his calf cramp in the top of the fourth inning, and his hamstring also cramped in the bottom of the frame while batting. Despite this, the Mets believe he'll be ready to take the ball for his upcoming start, which lines up for Friday at the Cubs.
Vargas was removed from Sunday's start versus the Cardinals with a left calf cramp, Tim Healey of Newsday reports. Vargas suffered the cramp while at the plate in the fourth inning and was unable to finish his at-bat. The 36-year-old allowed three runs (two earned) over four innings prior to leaving the game, but it looks as though he avoided a serious injury.
Vargas (3-3) earned the win in Game 2 of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Yankees by allowing three runs on seven hits across six innings. He struck out three and walked two. Vargas labored through the first four frames -- including a three-run third inning -- but calmed down during the fifth and sixth innings to notch his third straight quality start. The veteran lefty has turned his disastrous start to the season into a respectable 3.68 ERA and 1.36 WHIP, and he will look to continue his strong string of performances Monday in Atlanta.
Vargas' start against the Yankees on Monday has been postponed due to inclement weather. Vargas was slated to take the mound in the series opener, but Mother Nature had other plans. The southpaw is now scheduled to start the nightcap of Tuesday's twin bill, per Mike Mazzeo of Yahoo! Sports.
Vargas (2-3) picked up the win in Wednesday's 7-0 victory over the Giants, scattering five hits and a walk while striking out eight in his eighth career shutout. After Joe Panik led off the game with a double, Vargas didn't allow a runner into scoring position the rest of the night. The veteran lefty lowered his ERA nearly a full run to 3.57 while boosting his K:BB to 37:19 through 45.1 innings. He'll look to keep rolling in his next start, which will unfold Monday on the road against the Yankees.