Vargas went 3-for-4 with a double, three runs scored and four RBI in Sunday's 14-2 win over the Royals.
Vargas didn't get his first plate appearance until the fifth inning, yet still produced a tremendous line. He hit an RBI single in the fifth, then added an RBI ground out in the sixth and a two-run single in the seventh. To top it all off, Vargas led off the ninth inning with his first career double. The 26-year-old rookie came in with a .111/.111/.111 line through nine at-bats, but raised it to .308/.308/.385 with this effort.
Vargas was recalled from Triple-A Reno on Saturday, Jack Magruder of FanRagSports.com reports.
With Reno bounced from the Triple-A playoffs, Vargas will join the Diamondbacks' expanded September roster. Vargas can help out all around the infield, but it's difficult to imagine his bat will ever play well outside of the Pacific Coast League. He hit just .267/.316/.360 in two seasons at the Double-A level.
Vargas has been sidelined since July 23 with a hand injury, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports.
Vargas was an option to temporary fill in for Chris Owings (finger) and Ketel Marte (personal) at shortstop, but the 26-year-old is apparently dealing with an issue of his own. It's still unclear how much longer the ailment will keep him sidelined, but he hasn't been placed on the minor-league disabled list, so it appears the Diamondbacks are hoping he'll be back sooner rather than later.
Vargas was optioned to Triple-A Reno on Monday.
Vargas only saw action in two games during his brief stint with the Diamondbacks, going 0-for-2 with a strikeout before being sent back to the minors. With A.J. Pollock (groin) nearing a return from injury, it appears the 25-year-old was sent back to Reno to make room on the roster for him. An official corresponding roster move is expected to be announced before the team heads to LA to face the Dodgers on Tuesday. Vargas could return to the big club later in the season, but it would take a few injuries to the Diamondbacks' infield for him to see any consistent playing time.
The 25-year-old minors lifer will make his major-league debut whenever he enters game action. Vargas has excelled at Reno this year, posting a .303/.343/.447 line with six home runs and seven stolen bases over 353 plate appearances. Of course, considering his age and his presence in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League, those numbers are probably a bit inflated. Plus, he'll likely only see fleeting reserve duty, even with Nick Ahmed on the 10-day disabled list, because Ketel Marte also arrived from Reno this week.
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