Royals' Vargas undergoes appendectomy

Kansas City Royals starter Jason Vargas pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 8, 2014 in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Kansas City Royals starter Jason Vargas pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 8, 2014 in St. Petersburg, Fla. Photo by The Associated Press.

ST. PETERBURG, Fla. (AP) — Kansas City Royals left-hander Jason Vargas was taken to the hospital Wednesday and had an appendectomy.

Royals manager Ned Yost, after Kansas City's 5-4 win over Tampa Bay on Wednesday night, said the surgery went great and that there were "no complications."

Yost says Vargas "started really having severe discomfort" around 4 a.m. Wednesday.

There was no timetable given for how long Vargas will be out. Bruce Chen could replace Vargas in Sunday's game against Detroit.

Royals All-Star outfielder Alex Gordon was scratched from Wednesday's lineup due to a sprained right wrist. He will have an MRI and see a hand specialist Thursday when the team returns to Kansas City.

Gordon did enter as a defensive replacement Wednesday in the ninth inning. He said the major problem is pain when swinging a bat.

"I don't think it's anything serious," Gordon said.

Yost said the injury could "very well" impact Gordon's status for next week's All-Star game.

Kansas City third baseman Mike Moustakas was also out of Wednesday's lineup with the flu. He was feeling better late Wednesday, but is not expected to start Thursday.

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