Mets LHP Jason Vargas struck out 12 batters in six innings of an intrasquad game on Tuesday in Port St. Lucie.
Vargas, who has been pitching in simulated and intrasquad games to avoid fielding due to an injury to his right (non-throwing) hand, will pitch and field in a minor league rehab game on Sunday, manager Mickey Callaway said.
If Vargas makes just one minor league rehab start, his return to the Mets -- if it's in the starting rotation -- would be April 27 or a bit after.
For now, Zack Wheeler is in Vargas' rotation spot.
Wheeler, who gets the start Tuesday night against the Nationals, allowed one run on two hits while walking one and striking out seven in 7.0 innings last Wednesday against the Marlins in Miami during what was his first major league start of the season.