Varsho started in center field and went 1-for-4 with a walk, a double and a run scored in Friday's 6-5 extra-inning win over the Dodgers.
Varsho moved out to center field, as catcher Carson Kelly was reinstated off the 10-day injury list Friday. While Varsho may have been needed in center field due to Pavin Smith landing on the COVID injury list, he was expected to see time in the outfield whenever Kelly returned. Going forward, Varsho and a reinstated Smith should get starts ahead of struggling veterans like Kole Calhoun, David Peralta and Christian Walker.
Varsho went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Wednesday's 3-2 win over Texas.
Varsho made a winner out of starter Madison Bumgarner in the top of the eighth when he launched his fifth home run of the season and fourth in the last six games. The catcher/outfielder is enjoying the best stretch of hitting since he made his way to the majors in 2020. Over the last seven games, Varsho is 10-for-23 with six extra-base hits, nine RBI and 10 runs scored.
Varsho started in center field, batted leadoff, and went 1-for-4 with a walk in Sunday's 5-1 loss to the Cubs.
Varsho's third-inning single extended his hitting streak to five games, which includes a run of three consecutive with a home run. He moved out from behind the plate in what could be a preview of his role when Carson Kelly (wrist) comes off the injured list. Kelly kicked off a rehab assignment over the weekend and could return at some point this week. That means manager Torey Lovullo would have to find other spots to keep Varsho's bat in the lineup. Since the catcher added outfield to his resume over the past two seasons, Varsho will likely play there when not behind the dish. He can play center field -- until Ketel Marte (hamstring) returns -- or right field.
Varsho went 2-for-4 with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored Saturday against the Cubs.
Varsho delivered a two-run home run in the fifth inning and has now homered in three consecutive starts. After managing only three extra-base hits and no homers across his first 80 at-bats of the campaign, Varsho has five extra-base hits in his last 21 at-bats. Overall, he now has four home runs while hitting .200/.306/.362 with 16 runs scored and 15 RBI across 121 plate appearances.
Varsho went 2-for-4 with a home run, a double, three RBI and a strikeout in Friday's 8-3 loss to the Cubs.
Varsho has been on a tear recently with multi-hit performances in each of his last three games, and he plated all three of Arizona's runs in Friday's blowout loss. Across his last three appearances, the 25-year-old has gone 6-for-11 with two home runs, two doubles, five runs and five RBI.
Varsho went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, a double and two total runs scored in Wednesday's 6-4 win over Pittsburgh.
Varsho provided some insurance by going back-to-back with Pavin Smith off Pittsburgh reliever Duane Underwood in the seventh inning. The homer was just the second of the season in 113 plate appearances for Varsho, although both of his long balls have come in his last six games. He's now slashing a poor .175/.292/.278 with nine RBI, 13 runs scored and three stolen bases.
Varsho is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Pirates.
Varsho is getting some maintenance after he caught both of the past two days for Arizona while going 1-for-5 with three walks and two stolen bases between the contests. Veteran backstop Bryan Holaday will catch Caleb Smith in Monday's series opener.
Varsho went 0-for-2 with two walks and a stolen base in Sunday's 6-4 win over the Cubs.
Varsho stole his second base in as many games, giving him three for the season. He hasn't thrilled much at the plate -- .144 average and .478 OPS -- but the Diamondbacks will be giving him a good look over the second half. When Carson Kelly returns from his wrist injury, expect Varsho to get starts in the outfield and more opportunity to show off his athleticism. As recently as 2019, he stole 21 bases in Double-A.
Varsho went 1-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base in Saturday's 4-2 loss to the Cubs.
Varsho has successfully recorded a steal on both of his attempts this season. The backup catcher/outfielder has a meager .148/.257/.216 slash line with one home run, seven RBI and nine runs scored through 101 plate appearances.
Varsho isn't starting Friday's game against the Cubs.
Varsho will retreat to the bench for the third time in the last five games. Bryan Holaday will start behind the dish and bat eighth.
Varsho went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run as the Diamondbacks fell 7-4 to the Dodgers on Sunday.
Varsho extended Arizona's lead to 4-1 in the seventh with a two-run homer off Los Angeles reliever Scott Alexander but failed to do anything productive otherwise. The round tripper was the versatile rookie's first of the season and he enters the All-Star break with a dismal .143/.250/.214 slash line in 35 games; however, given Arizona's complete lack of postseason aspirations, he should receive ample opportunity to showcase his potential.
Varsho isn't in the lineup Thursday against Colorado.
Varsho will retreat to the bench for the fourth time in the last seven games after he went 1-for-6 with an RBI and two walks across his last two appearances. Bryan Holaday will start behind the dish and bat eighth.
The Diamondbacks will make Varsho's development a focus over the second half of the season, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports. "At this point, with where we're at, I think growing a guy like 'Varsh,' that's the daily goal," Diamondbacks co-hitting coach Rick Short said. "Growing guys like him and continuing conversations to get him better."
The organization has seen the steps taken by Josh Rojas and Pavin Smith with consistent at-bats, so those two are the model for Varsho, who is hitting .149 with a .439 OPS through 84 plate appearances. There's reason to believe he may be unlucky, as Statcast indicates he should be batting 66 points higher and his BABIP stands at .208, but he admits to timing issues at the plate. He's hit well at every stop in the minors, so the club his hopeful the catcher/outfielder will work it out.
Varsho started in center field and went 0-for-3 with a walk in Tuesday's 4-3 win over the Rockies.
Varsho had been part of the tandem along with Stephen Vogt filling in for the injured Carson Kelly (wrist) at catcher but moved to the outfield Tuesday. The Diamondbacks selected the contract of catcher Bryan Holaday over the weekend, giving the team three capable catchers, which makes it possible to give Varsho more hitting opportunities as an outfielder. Varsho, who has expanded his defensive resume in recent years, is batting .141 (10-for-71) over 30 games in 2021.
Varsho is starting in center field and batting eighth Tuesday against the Rockies.
Varsho has seen substantial time behind the dish with Carson Kelly (wrist) on the injured list. He'll move to center field Tuesday to fill in for the injured Ketel Marte (hamstring) as Stephen Vogt catches Merrill Kelly.
Varsho went 0-for-2 with two walks in Monday's 7-1 loss to St. Louis.
Since Carson Kelly (wrist) landed on the injured list, Varsho has started five of eight games while Stephen Vogt started the other three. Varsho is batting .118 (2-for-17) as a fill-in starter, but the Diamondbacks' season is more about developing young talent than results. Accordingly, Varsho may get the bulk of the starts until Kelly returns, which is expected after the All-Star break.
Varsho started at catcher and went 0-for-4 in Sunday's 9-8 loss to the Dodgers.
Varsho was called up Sunday as the corresponding roster move after the Diamondbacks placed Carson Kelly (wrist) on the injured list. He moved to center field later in the game. Kelly suffered a fractured right wrist and will likely be out through the All-Star break. That opens up an opportunity for Varsho to seize consistent at-bats. He's hit well in the minors but owns a .586 OPS in 146 career MLB at-bats. With Arizona currently in a 17-game losing streak and going nowhere, it may behoove the organization to let Varsho establish himself as the primary catcher.
The Diamondbacks recalled Varsho from Triple-A Reno prior to Sunday's game against the Dodgers.
Arizona placed top catcher Carson Kelly (wrist) on the 10-day injured list in a corresponding move, but Varsho could be in line to serve as the Diamondbacks' No. 2 backstop behind Stephen Vogt while he's up with the big club. The 24-year-old is still considered a work in progress defensively at catcher, so Arizona may prefer to have him operate as more of a utility player who can fill in behind the plate on the occasions Vogt requires rest. Varsho has yet to find much success as a hitter at the big-league level, contributing a .183/.270/.331 slash line across 159 career plate appearances.
Varsho was optioned to Triple-A Reno on Monday.
Varsho had started in just three of the last eight games, and he'll now return to the minors after Carson Kelly (toe) was reinstated from the 10-day injured list in a corresponding move. During Varsho's stint on the major-league roster, he hit .171 with three doubles, six runs and two RBI in 24 games.
Varsho will initially be used in the outfield, as the Diamondbacks want him to focus on one position for now, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.
Varsho came up through the ranks as a catcher and added outfield to his resume the last couple of seasons as a path to playing time in the majors. During Tuesday's game, the athletic Varsho pinch ran for the slower-footed Carson Kelly, then stayed in the game in center field while Stephen Vogt took over behind the plate. "He can catch," manager Torey Lovullo said. "He will catch, when there's a need, but I told him while he's up here, still getting familiar with the big-league environment, let's just focus on a couple of things in the outfield and not necessarily worry about jumping into a full time or a part-time catching role." Since being called up, Varsho has appeared in all seven of Arizona's games, making one start in right field and otherwise serving as a pinch hitter or runner off the bench.
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|07/30||vs LAD||W 6-5||4||1||1||0||0||1||0|
|07/28||@ TEX||W 3-2||3||1||1||1||1||0||0|
|07/27||@ TEX||L 4-5||1||2||0||0||0||2||0|
|07/25||@ CHC||L 1-5||4||0||1||0||0||1||0|
|07/24||@ CHC||W 7-3||4||2||2||1||3||0||0|
|07/23||@ CHC||L 3-8||4||1||2||1||3||0||0|
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