ST. . PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Kansas City Royals left-hander Jason Vargas has been taken to the hospital and will have an appendectomy. Royals manager Ned Yost announced the news before Wednesday game against Tampa Bay and said surgery was planned for Wednesday night. 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 Sundays game against Detroit. Royals All-Star outfielder Alex Gordon was scratched from Wednesdays lineup due to a sprained right wrist. He will have an MRI exam and see a hand specialist Thursday when the team returns to Kansas City. Yost said the injury could "very well" impact Gordons status for next weeks All-Star game. Kansas City third baseman Mike Moustakas was also out of Wednesdays lineup with the flu. .C. - Jaedon Descheneau scored a hat trick as the Kootenay Ice beat the Medicine Hat Tigers 7-4 to take a 3-1 lead in their Western Hockey League playoff series Thursday. . - Bryan Price sat down in the cushy chair. . And as he walked into Progressive Field, a ballpark known as The Jake when he played in Cleveland the first time, Thome was flooded with memories of former teammates, games and Octobers past. LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- U.S. captain Tom Watson said he would be foolish not to consider Tiger Woods as one of his three wild-card selections for the Ryder Cup, a decision that ultimately would be based on Woods words instead of his actions. Watson has said all year he wanted Woods on his team if he were healthy and playing well. Even though Woods is injured and not playing for the next month, Watson wouldnt rule him out Monday. "I cant assess his medical condition and I honestly cant assess how hes playing," Watson said. "It really is going to be having to come from information from Tiger himself. But, again, I dont make this comment loosely. He is Tiger Woods and he brings a lot to the team -- if he has the ability to play and hes healthy. He brings a lot to the team. And Id be a fool not to consider him." Nine players qualified for the American team after the PGA Championship. Watson has three weeks before he announces his three picks for the Ryder Cup, which is Sept. 26-28 at Gleneagles in Scotland. Woods season ended when he missed the cut by five shots at the PGA Championship, where he said he played through the pain of a nagging back injury. He is not playing the Wyndham Championship this week in North Carolina, and Woods is not eligible for the two FedEx Cup playoff events that will serve as an audition for Watson. "Ill be very, very focused on the players who are high up in the ranks," Watson said. As for Woods? He made it sound as if he would have a telephone glued to his ear. "I will continue to speak with Tiger over the next three weeks to monitor his situation," Watson said. "Obviously, he has not been playing well. But I think its been a result, as you well know, of his injury and his coming back from back surgery." Woods has gone more than a year without winning, and this injury-filled year has been like no other. He played eight tournaments and completed 72 holes only three times. He missed two cuts, withdrew from the final round of two other tournaments and missed a 54-hole cut at Torrey Pines, where he is an eight-time winner. His best finish was a tie for 25th at Doral, where Woods played in the next-to-last group on Sunday and posted his highest score ever (78) in the final round. He finished at No. 70 in the Ryder Cup standings. Woods hurt his back again at Firestone, though he said it was uunrelated to his microdiscectomy surgery in March. . He said a trainer popped a joint back into place and he was pain free Wednesday at the PGA. He reported stiffness Thursday and his back "went out on me" while warming up for the second round. Can he be trusted to be forthcoming with Watson? "Absolutely," Watson replied sternly, looking away to make his point. The 64-year-old captain was asked if Woods might want to play so badly that he might tell Watson he is better than he really is. "Again, I trust Tiger to give me the straight skinny," Watson said. "I trust him inherently." It was difficult to read Watsons plans for Woods -- if any -- on this Ryder Cup team because they have never been close. Paul Azinger, captain of the only U.S. team that won the Ryder Cup in the last 15 years, said over the weekend he would not pick Woods because he was injured, not playing well and didnt know where the golf ball was going. Watson made it sound as if he were leaning more on Woods past than the current state of his game, not to mention his health. "He is Tiger Woods. He brings something to the team in a big way," Watson said. "Hes been really good in the team room of recent and hes a factor with the players. I know that for a fact. Hes a very positive influence on the players. But the most important thing is can he play? Can he physically play and is he playing well? Get back to those two points. Like I said, Ill monitor that situation in the next three weeks." The American team already is missing Dustin Johnson, who has taken a "voluntary leave" for what he described as "personal challenges." Matt Kuchar withdrew from the final major of the year with a back injury. Bubba Watson has finished in the top 10 only once in the four months since winning the Masters. Tom Watson said he was happy with the nine players who made the team -- Watson, Kuchar, Rickie Fowler, Jim Furyk, Jimmy Walker, Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth, Patrick Reed and Zach Johnson. For his picks, he said he wants players in good form and with guts. "We have got players that can get the job done," he said. Qualifying for Europes team does not end until Aug. 31 after the Italian Open, and captain Paul McGinley will make his picks Sept. 2. ' ' '