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Mets lefty Vargas to have surgery on right hand

(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

By BILL WHITEHEAD

Associated Press

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) New York Mets lefty Jason Vargas will have surgery after breaking his right hand in a minor league game.

The surgery is set for Tuesday. The Mets said Sunday that Vargas will resume his throwing workouts about five days after the operation, and no timetable was announced for him pitching in a game.

The Mets open the regular season on March 29 at home against St. Louis.

Vargas was injured Friday when he was hit by a line drive. The Mets signed the 35-year-old free agent on Feb. 18, signing him to a two-year, $16 million contract. He went 18-11 with a 4.16 ERA for Kansas City last season, making his first All-Star team and tying for the major league lead in wins.

With Noah Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom set to face St. Louis in the first two games of the season, Vargas had been in line to start the series finale on April 1. Matt Harvey could move into the third spot in the starting rotation.

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Updated March 18, 2018

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