Vargas to have surgery; Bourjos day-to-day …

After seeking a second opinion at UCLA on Monday, Jason Vargas will indeed have surgery to correct the blood clot that resides in his left armpit area this week.

The procedure will shut him down for two weeks before he’s able to resume throwing again, at which point he should build back enough arm strength to return before the end of July. That’s important, because Vargas has been the Angels’ best starting pitcher this season (6-4, 3.65 ERA) and because if the Angels don’t get back in the race before then, Vargas — a pending free agent — could be a coveted trade chip to restock a barren farm system.

Peter Bourjos‘ sore left thumb, which prompted him to leave Sunday’s game early, sustained no structural damage while sliding into second base, an MRI in Southern California revealed. Bourjos is day to day. He isn’t expected to start Tuesday night’s opener against the Tigers, but could return to center field by the end of the series, or at least the weekend set against the Astros.

Alden

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