Kansas City Royals left-hander Jason Vargas has been taken to the hospital and will have an appendectomy. Royals left-hander Jason Vargas was scheduled to have an appendectomy on Wednesday night after becoming ill overnight. All of this with five games left before the All-Star break, including four against the first-place Tigers. The Royals placed left-hander Jason Vargas on the disabled list after an appendectomy and recalled reliever Louis Coleman from Triple-A Omaha before Thursday night's game against Detroit. There was no timetable given for how long Vargas will be out. Bruce Chen could replace Vargas in Sunday's game against Detroit. He remained in Florida after the Royals beat the Rays to wrap up their series. "He started having some severe discomfort about 4 o'clock [ET] in the morning and Nick took him in," manager Ned Yost said.