Vargas is expected to be carried on the active roster to start the season, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports.
Vargas was having a strong spring before the coronavirus pandemic prompted MLB to hit the pause button on the 2020 season. With a plan in place to play 60 games beginning in late July that includes an expanded active roster of 30 players, there should be room to Vargas and others that were competing for the final couple of spots on what was then a 26-man roster. Vargas along with Josh Rojas and Jon Jay should open the season on the active roster. Eventually, the roster limit drops to 28 then 26, so there will be some cuts during the first month of the season. A player like Vargas, who can play multiple positions, is in a good position to hang on to a spot.
Vargas is hitting .394 (13-for-33) with three extra-base hits, three RBI, five runs scored and one stolen base over 12 Cactus League games.
Vargas leads the Diamondbacks in spring at-bats and hits and is sealing a spot on the Opening Day roster as the utility infielder. The 27-year-old Vargas appeared in 92 games for Arizona in 2019, playing mostly second base and making a handful of starts at shortstop and third base.
Vargas went 4-for-6 with a double, a home run and two RBI in Tuesday's 3-2 extra-innings win over St. Louis.
Vargas didn't start the game but was a central figure after entering for Domingo Leyba. His pinch-hit homer in the bottom of the ninth inning sent the game into extra frames, before his bases-loaded single in the bottom of the 19th inning plated the game-winning run. It was the longest game in the history of Chase Field. The 28-year-old utility infielder has been used primarily as a pinch hitter and defensive replacement, making just two starts since being called up Aug. 20.
Vargas was recalled from Triple-A Reno prior to Tuesday's game against the Rockies.
He is not in the lineup against lefty Kyle Freeland. Look for Vargas to assume a bench infielder role over the rest of the season. He has hit .403/.453/.573 with two home runs, one steal, 11 walks and five strikeouts in 28 games at Triple-A, but his .260/.296/.391 slash line in the majors is a better gauge of the 28-year-old's offensive capabilities.
Vargas was optioned to Triple-A Reno following Tuesday's loss to the Orioles, Zach Buchanan of The Athletic reports.
Vargas has only 14 at-bats since the All-Star break, so it's no major surprise to see him headed to the minors with David Peralta (shoulder) nearing his return from the injured list. Vargas has a .260/.296/.391 slash line in 169 at-bats this season.
Vargas went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run and a second run scored in Tuesday's 9-2 win over the Rangers.
The 28-year-old infielder has been seeing sporadic playing time and hadn't homered in over a month, but Vargas took advantage of his opportunity in Texas. He now sports a .674 OPS with five homers, 20 RBI and 22 runs in 64 games, and he'll face additional competition for at-bats once Wilmer Flores (foot) rejoins the roster.
Vargas went 1-for-2 with a walk and an RBI in Sunday's 10-4 loss to San Francisco.
Vargas started at second base as Ketel Marte was cleared to play outfield for the first time since injuring his hamstring. With Marte limited to second base since returning, Vargas' at-bats took a hit. Expect to see more of Vargas as the primary second baseman until Wilmer Flores (foot) returns.
Vargas was a healthy scratch from Monday's lineup against the Dodgers, Nick Piecoro of The Arizona Republic reports.
The Diamondbacks originally had Ketel Marte (groin) starting in center field in his first game back, but the team felt it would be better if Marte were at second base, prompting the lineup change. Tim Locastro is now starting in center field, with Marte at the keystone and Vargas available off the bench.
Vargas was scratched from Monday's lineup against the Dodgers.
It's unclear what prompted Vargas' removal from Monday's starting nine. Ketel Marte is covering second base in place of Vargas, while Tim Locastro entered the lineup in center field.
Vargas entered Friday's game after Ketel Marte left with a groin injury. He went 1-for-2 with a walk, an RBI and a run scored in an 11-5 loss to the Giants.
Vargas has been an adequate fill-in for the Diamondbacks, getting starts in place of the injured Wilmer Flores (foot) when Marte lines up in the outfield. Manager Torey Lovullo will likely exercise caution with Marte, who has been the Diamondbacks' most impactful hitter (3.6 WAR), so Vargas could get starts over the weekend. The 27-year-old utility infielder is slashing .267/.308/.393 over a career-high 143 plate appearances.
Vargas went 3-for-5 with a run and an RBI in Sunday's 15-5 loss to the Nationals.
Vargas wrapped up the weekend series with multi-hit efforts in back-to-back games, a development that could help him reclaim a regular role in the Arizona lineup. He's effectively been vying for one spot in the everyday lineup with Jarrod Dyson, with Ketel Marte typically bouncing between second base and the outfield depending on whether Dyson or Vargas receives a start.
Vargas sits for the second straight game Friday against the Nationals.
Ketel Marte will again play second base, with Jarrod Dyson starting in center field. Vargas has just three hits in his last eight contests.
Vargas is not in Thursday's lineup against the Nationals, Richard Morin of The Arizona Republic reports.
He is 0-for-8 in two games since hitting a pair of home runs on June 10. Ketel Marte starts at second base while Jarrod Dyson starts in center field and leads off.
Vargas went 2-for-5 with two home runs and three RBI in Monday's 13-8 win over the Phillies.
The 27-year-old doubled his homer total on the year by going yard in the fifth and ninth innings -- part of an eight-HR explosion by the D-backs that set a new club record, and a 13-HR slugfest between the two teams that set a new major-league record. Vargas is now slashing .266/.298/.413 through 42 games with 12 RBI and 16 runs.
Vargas started at third base and went 0-for-3 with a walk in Saturday's 6-0 win over the Blue Jays.
Vargas stepped in for third sacker Eduardo Escobar, who was given an off day. He has been getting regular duty at second base with Wilmer Flores (foot) sidelined and has started five of the last seven games.
Vargas is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Blue Jays.
Vargas finds himself on the bench for the second straight game after starting six of the previous seven games at second base. The 27-year-old has a .977 OPS over his last 11 games. Ketel Marte is starting at the keystone Friday while Jarrod Dyson takes over in center field.
Vargas is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Dodgers.
Vargas will hit the bench after starting the past four games and going 5-for-13 with a double and 1:1 K:BB during that stretch. Ketel Marte is covering the keystone Wednesday, with Jarrod Dyson getting a start in center field as a result.
Vargas went 2-for-3 with a double, a walk, an RBI and a run scored in Sunday's 7-1 win over the Mets.
Vargas collected multiple hits for the fourth time in his last five starts. He's getting three-to-four starts per week while helping to fill in for the injured Wilmer Flores (foot) and hitting .412 (14-for-34) over nine games since his callup. The Diamondbacks have not given a timetable for Flores' return, so anticipate him staying in the majors for the short term, sharing second base with Ketel Marte.
Vargas is not starting Friday against the Mets.
Vargas had started six of eight games heading into Friday's contest, hitting .370 over that stretch. Ketel Marte starts at second base in his absence, with Jarrod Dyson starting in center field.
Vargas went 2-for-2 with three walks and a pair of singles in Wednesday's loss at Coors Field.
Vargas hadn't earned a free pass all season but changed that with a trio of walks at Coors Field, showing impressive awareness of the strike zone. He also tacked on two singles to successfully reach base all five times for the second time this week. Unfortunately, he did not record any RBI or runs. Without a consistent spot in the lineup, it's hard to see much upside here. The 27-year-old is batting .273/.300/.390 with two home runs through 77 plate appearances.
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