Vargas is starting at shortstop and batting eighth in Sunday's game against the Pirates.
Javier Baez left Saturday's game with back tightness, so the Cubs are giving him Sunday off and starting Vargas at shortstop. The latter has played in six games since getting recalled earlier in the week, and he's gone 1-for-9 so far with a stolen base and two runs scored. Vargas should head back to the bench whenever Baez is able to rejoin the lineup.
Vargas was recalled by the Cubs and will bat eighth and play second base in the first half of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Dodgers.
Vargas spent three days in the big leagues in mid-April, going 0-for-2 in a pair of appearances off the bench. With a career .252/.280/.388 slash line, Vargas is unlikely to find himself in the lineup on a regular basis during his time with the team.
Vargas was optioned to the alternate training site Friday.
Vargas had his contract selected by the Cubs earlier in the week and went 0-for-2 in two appearances off the bench during his brief time with the team. Matt Duffy was activated from the COVID-19 injured list in a corresponding move.
Vargas' contract was selected by the Cubs on Tuesday.
Vargas failed to win an Opening Day roster spot despite a strong camp and was designated for assignment, but he passed through waivers unclaimed and won't wind up waiting long for his first opportunity. With a career .254/.282/.391 slash line in 298 MLB plate appearances, he's unlikely to play a major role during his time with the team, but he'll give the Cubs depth around the diamond. Matt Duffy landed on the COVID-19 injured list in a corresponding move.
Vargas cleared waivers Wednesday and was outrighted to Triple-A Iowa, Meghan Montemurro of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Vargas was designated for assignment by the Cubs after missing out on a spot on the team's Opening Day roster. However, Chicago hoped to keep him in the organization, and he'll report to the team's alternate camp in South Bend to begin the season. The 29-year-old appeared in 17 Cactus League games this spring and slashed .324/.343/.471 with one home run and five RBI.
Vargas was designated for assignment by the Cubs on Sunday, Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic reports.
Vargas was vying for a bench role with the Cubs, but non-roster invitees Matt Duffy and Eric Sogard both earned roster spots Sunday, pushing Vargas out of the mix. The 29-year-old infielder now may end up with a new team or join the Chicago minor-league system, likely at Triple-A Iowa.
Vargas is slashing .344/.364/.500 through 32 Cactus League at-bats with a home run, a steal and five RBI.
Vargas has done well in his competition with Nico Hoerner and David Bote for the everyday role at second base. Eric Sogard is also in the mix, and it's unlikely that the Cubs will be able to keep everyone when they break camp. Vargas slashed .196/.222/.314 last season across 24 games with the Cubs, Diamondbacks and Twins.
Vargas will be competing for the starting job at second base this spring but will likely fill a bench role, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Vargas will compete with David Bote and Nico Hoerner for the starting job at second base, but the former will most likely serve as a utility infielder. That doesn't give Vargas a ton of fantasy appeal, especially after posting a .196/.222/.314 line in 2020, but he could be an injury or two away from more regular at-bats.
The Cubs activated Vargas (hamstring) from the 10-day injured list Wednesday, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
The utility man will be up with the Cubs for their wild-card series with the Marlins, which begins Wednesday. Before his regular season came to an end when he was placed on the IL on Sept. 21 with a right hamstring strain, Vargas slashed .196/.222/.314 in 54 plate appearances across stints with the Diamondbacks, Twins and Cubs.
Vargas (hamstring) could be included on the Cubs' postseason roster, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Vargas was sidelined for the final week of the regular season, but manager David Ross said Tuesday that he could return for the postseason. If Vargas is included on the roster, he'd serve as middle-infield depth after slashing .196/.222/.314 with three RBI over 51 at-bats with the Diamondbacks, Twins and Cubs during the regular season.
Vargas has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a right hamstring strain, retroactive to Sunday.
Vargas will miss the final week of the regular season after serving as infield depth for the Cubs recently. It's unclear whether he'll be utilized if the Cubs make the playoffs. Right-hander Adbert Alzolay was recalled from the alternate training site in a corresponding move.
Vargas went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Brewers.
Getting the start at second base before shifting to third in the late innings, Vargas made his first homer of the year count as he drove a 3-2 fastball from Josh Hader over the wall in left-center field to cap a four-run comeback by the Cubs in the ninth. The 29-year-old utility player is on his third club of 2020, and Vargas' .204/.231/.327 slash line through 52 plate appearances isn't likely to earn him consistent playing time in Chicago.
The Cubs added Vargas to their active roster ahead of Monday's game against the Cardinals, Maddie Lee of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
Chicago claimed Vargas off waivers from the Twins on Saturday, but he was unavailable for the past two days while the Cubs waited for him to clear COVID-19 intake testing. The utility man will provide depth around the diamond for the Cubs, but he likely won't have a path to steady at-bats at any position.
Vargas was claimed by the Cubs Saturday, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Vargas was designated for assignment by the Twins Wednesday and the Cubs grabbed the infielder, who is slashing .190/.222/.262 this season across 18 games for Minnesota and Arizona. Chicago has both Jason Kipnis and Nico Hoerner at Vargas' natural spot of second base, so the 29-year-old is likely nothing more than infield depth at this point. Chicago released Jharel Cotton in a corresponding move.
Vargas was designated for assignment by the Twins on Wednesday.
Vargas will be removed from the 40-man roster after Josh Donaldson (calf) was reinstated from the 10-day injured list Wednesday. However, the Twins are hopeful that he'll clear waivers and remain in the organization. The 29-year-old saw inconsistent playing time while on Minnesota's 28-man roster, hitting .227 with a double and two RBI over 10 games.
Vargas will start at second base and will bat seventh Sunday against the Royals.
Vargas will pick up his fourth start in five games, but three of those assignments came when Luis Arraez was sidelined with a knee injury. Arraez returned to the lineup Saturday and appears to just be getting a maintenance day in Sunday's series finale, so Vargas should return to a full-time bench role during the upcoming week. Vargas looks to have inched ahead of Ehire Adrianza as the Twins' top infield reserve after going 5-for-11 with a triple, double, two RBI and two runs over the last three contests.
Vargas was traded from the Diamondbacks to the Twins on Tuesday in exchange for cash considerations.
Vargas was designated for assignment by Arizona on Thursday, but he'll find a new home with the Twins via trade. The 29-year-old hit .150 with two runs and five strikeouts over 20 at-bats this season and should serve as infield depth in Minnesota.
Vargas was designated for assignment by the Diamondbacks on Thursday.
Vargas is 3-for-20 with five strikeouts through eight appearances this season, so it isn't overly surprising to see him cast off Arizona's roster with teams needing to trim from 30 to 28 active players. The 29-year-old hit .269/.299/.413 across 92 games last season and could draw interest on waivers as a utility option.
Vargas started at first base and went 1-for-4 in Monday's 6-2 loss to San Diego.
This was Vargas' third appearance and first start of the season. All three appearances have come at first base. Prior to 2020, Vargas played mostly middle infield and some third base, but a productive summer camp has manager Torey Lovullo looking to get him in the lineup wherever possible. Vargas is 2-for-7 with a run scored in 2020.
Vargas entered Friday's game as a pinch hitter for Jake Lamb and remained in the game at first base. He struck out in his only plate appearance.
Vargas was one of the Diamondbacks' best hitters during summer camp, and manager Torey Lovullo vowed to find ways to get his bat in the lineup. The switch-hitting utility infielder could be a primary pinch hitter for Arizona in addition to spelling all infielders on random days.
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