Vargas went on the disabled on June 23, retroactive to June 21, with a calf strain that he suffered during a conditioning drill. So far this season, Vargas has an 8.60 ERA with 32 strikeouts, 14 walks, and 11 home runs allowed in 37.2 innings.
Before getting blown up for seven runs in two-and-one-third innings against the Rockies at Coors Field on June 19, he had looked okay, logging a 3.00 ERA over the course of three starts, each of which lasted five innings.
During the offseason, the Mets signed Vargas to a two-year, $16 million contract with an $8 million option and a $2 million buyout for a third year. Vargas had a 4.16 ERA in 179.2 innings for the Royals last year, but he faded significantly down the stretch and has been a major disappointment so far for the Mets.