So Blanton's comeback journey with the Royals rides on. And naturally, he became one of the stars in Tuesday night's 3-1 win over the Pirates while filling in for Vargas, who re-injured his left elbow and left after 1 1/3 innings.
No problem. Blanton came in and threw 3 2/3 shutout innings, striking out five while walking none to help the Royals even the series and set up the rubber game on Wednesday.
"Phenomenal job," manager Ned Yost said.
Blanton said while he was aware a roster move was coming on Tuesday, he tried not to think of the possibilities, or even the worst-case scenario -- being released.
"That's stuff you try to not think about," Blanton said. "It's the business side and as a player you try not to think about that. You go about your job.
"I just came in today and I heard that a move was made. But I wasn't really thinking about it."
Blanton said it was one of those days where everything was working.
"I had a good slider tonight," he said. "I had a good sinker that was setting it up."