Zagunis was optioned to Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Zagunis was 2-for-5 with a double and a RBI in his recent stint with the Cubs, but there just isn't a feasible path to playing time for the 25-year-old. Rather then having him ride the pine, the organization has decided it's in his best interest to receive more at-bats at Triple-A. Yu Darvish (flu) was activated from the DL in a corresponding move.
Zagunis was recalled from Triple-A Iowa on Wednesday, Bruce Miles of the Chicago Daily Herald reports.
The 25-year-old catcher-turned-outfielder has logged 176 games at Triple-A over the last three seasons, consistently showcasing elite plate skills, but he has been firmly blocked at the big-league level. This season he was hitting .298/.412/.436 with three home runs, two steals and an 18:17 K:BB in 115 plate appearances. He could get some starts against left-handed pitching, but probably won't get more than one or two starts per week while he is up with the big club. Once Jason Heyward comes off the concussion disabled list, Zagunis may be sent back to Triple-A.
Through 74 at-bats with Triple-A Iowa, Zagunis is slashing .324/.440/.473 with three homes runs, which is tied for the team lead.
Zagunis was solid in 97 games with Iowa last season, posting a .267/.404/.455 slash line, and he's off to a better start this year. The 25-year-old outfielder got a cup of coffee at the MLB level in 2017 and he probably has the talent to stick as a serviceable regular, but it will likely take injuries or a trade for him to get an extended look, as the Cubs are fairly deep in the outfield.
Zagunis was optioned to Triple-A Iowa on Friday, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
The Cubs already have plenty of other options in the big-league outfield, so Zagunis will head back to the minors for more seasoning. The 25-year-old produced an .859 OPS with 13 homers with the I-Cubs last season, so he could be one of the first options to be called back up to Chicago should an injury strike the major-league club.
Zagunis is starting in right field and batting ninth Thursday against the Marlins.
The Cubs will waste no time inserting the recently promoted prospect into the lineup, though he likely won't see much playing time once Ben Zobrist (wrist) returns from the disabled list, which is expected to happen sometime over the weekend. Zagunis, who slashed .249/.399/.474 with 11 homers in 65 games with Triple-A Iowa, will face southpaw Jeff Locke in his major league debut.
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