Jason Vargas, who has been out since May 5 due to a hamstring issue, will return to the Mets' rotation on Saturday against the Tigers at Citi Field.
Vargas, who made a rehab start earlier this week for Double-A Binghamton, will be sandwiched between Noah Syndergaard (who pitches Friday) and Zack Wheeler (who pitches Sunday).
The 36-year-old Vargas struggled badly at the beginning of the season, with his spot in the rotation becoming tenuous. But he had rebounded before his injury.
In his starts on April 19, April 24, and April 30, Vargas allowed just one run in each game, but he failed to complete five innings in all but one of them.
In his last start before hitting the DL, Vargas -- who has a 5.92 ERA and 1.56 WHIP in seven starts this season -- allowed three runs on three hits while walking none and striking out five in 4.0 innings.
With Vargas back, the Mets' rotation is now at full strength. But it can be argued that even when Vargas has a good start -- with "good" being a relative word -- it does the Mets a bit of harm.
Vargas has failed to go beyond 4.2 innings in five of his seven starts, with his two other starts being just 5.0 and 5.1 innings.
With Vargas failing to go deep (or not allowed to go deep) every fifth day, the remaining innings fall on a bullpen that is already dealing with injuries (currently without Seth Lugo, Justin Wilson, and Luis Avilan) and ineffectiveness (Jeurys Familia).
So while Vargas remains in the rotation for now, it might make sense for the Mets to consider replacing Vargas with an internal option sooner rather than later (Drew Gagnon in the more immediate future, Anthony Kay in the not-too-distant future).