Cubs place outfielder on COVID-19 related injured list, call up infielder


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Vargas is back with the Cubs (Mark Rebilas - USA Today Sports)
Vargas is back with the Cubs (Mark Rebilas - USA Today Sports)

MILWAUKEE – The Chicago Cubs today selected as a replacement player infielder Ildemaro Vargas from the South Bend Alternate Site. In a corresponding move, infielder Matt Duffy has been placed on the COVID-19 related injured list.

Vargas, 29, was claimed off waivers from Minnesota September 5 of last season and hit .222 (2-for-9) with a solo home run in six games for the Cubs. All told, last season he appeared in 24 games between Arizona, Minnesota and Chicago, hitting .196 (10-for-51) with a double, a triple, a home run and three RBI.

In 2019 with Arizona, Vargas made his first career Opening Day roster and proceeded to hit .269 (54-for-201) with nine doubles, a triple, six home runs and 24 RBI in 92 games covering four stints for the Diamondbacks. He appeared in 48 games at second base, 14 games at third base, four games at shortstop and one game apiece in left field and right field.

Originally signed as a non-drafted free agent out of Venezuela by St. Louis in 2008, Vargas made his major league debut with Arizona in 2017 and has batted .254 (72-for-284) with 11 doubles, two triples, eight home runs and 35 RBI with the Diamondbacks (2017-20), Twins (2020) and Cubs (2020).

Duffy, 30, has batted .125 (1-for-8) with a double and a walk in seven games for Chicago after signing a minor league deal with the organization in December of last year.

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