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After missing three weeks with a hamstring injury, New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas is expected to return to the rotation on Saturday against the Detroit Tigers.

Mets manager Mickey Callaway spoke to reporters before the team’s series against the Tigers and confirmed the 36-year-old southpaw will start on Saturday.

The veteran’s return isn’t exactly music to the ears of Mets fans. Vargas has been a disaster since joining the Mets in 2018 and his numbers have gotten even worse since last year.

After posting a 5.77 ERA and 1.41 WHIP across 20 starts in 2018, Vargas will return to a 5.92 ERA and 1.56 WHIP over 24.1 innings this season.

Vargas may not be long for the rotation spot either given New York just signed Ervin Santana to a minor-league deal.

Matt Johnson
NFL, MLB & college football writer for Sportsnaut. Graduated from San Diego State University with BA in Journalism, 2019. Grew up in Sacramento, now based in Indianapolis. Seen on MSN. Previously: eDraft, The Connection, With the First Pick