News: Vargas earned his third win of the season Tuesday versus the Indians, only allowing two earned runs, two hits and two walks in six innings.
Impact: Vargas has given up four home runs in five starts this season, but he's allowed just five hits in his past two games. His strikeout rate is also fairly low, but he hasn't given up many runs this season.
News: Pino was optioned to Triple-A on Thursday, MLB.com's Jeffrey Flanagan reports.
Impact: Greg Holland is getting activated from the disabled list so the Royals needed to send down a reliever. Pino did a fine job during his brief stay with Kansas City and he will continue to offer organizational bullpen depth.
News: Zimmer (shoulder) suffered a setback in his recovery and will not leave Arizona this weekend as originally planned, the Kansas City Star's Andy McCullough reports.
Impact: He felt shoulder soreness in his last outing and while assistant general manager JJ Picollo indicated there was no structural damage, this is just another in a long line of shoulder issues for Zimmer. When healthy the 23-year-old righty is a top-100 prospect but it's impossible to assume any kind of long-term health with Zimmer given his history.
News: Rios (hand) has yet to grip a baseball and is still likely two weeks away from returning, MLB.com's Jeffrey Flanagan reports.
Impact: Rios will likely head out on a rehab assignment before rejoining the Royals, making a return before mid-to-late May unlikely. He seems to be progressing as expected, given his initial timetable of 3-to-6 weeks. Paulo Orlando and Jarrod Dyson will continue to see extra time in the outfield while Rios is out.
News: Rios (hand) is about two weeks away from returning, but he has yet to grip a baseball, Andy McCullough of The Kansas City Star reports.
Impact: Rios will likely head out on a rehab assignment before rejoining the Royals, making a return before mid-to-late May unlikely. He seems to be progressing as expected, given his initial timetable of three-to-six weeks.
News: Holland (pectoral) will be activated from the disabled list for Wednesday's game against the Indians, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports.
Impact: Holland threw a 25-pitch simulated game Saturday, and while there were previously reports he'd be available Tuesday, the Royals apparently want to be cautious. Wade Davis will return to a setup role, after recording four saves over the last two weeks.