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Diamondbacks recall infielder Vargas, option Shipley

Arizona Diamondbacks' Ildemaro Vargas throws after catching a ball hit by Mexico's Esteban Quiroz during the fourth inning of an exhibition baseball game Wednesday, March 8, 2017, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

The Arizona Diamondbacks recalled Triple-A second baseman Ildemaro Vargas for his first MLB call-up and optioned pitcher Braden Shipley on Thursday.

Shipley, a starting pitcher for the Reno Aces, gave the D-backs a fresh arm out of the bullpen the last two games, pitching 2.1 combined innings and allowing four hits and one earned run with four strikeouts to go with a walk. The right-hander started his other two games with Arizona this season.

Vargas, 25, has spent 10 seasons in the minors after originally joining the St. Louis Cardinals as a non-drafted free agent in 2008.

The Venezuelan is batting .303 and ranks first in Triple-A with 24 doubles and 64 runs scored so far this season. A Pacific Coast League All-Star, Vargas has 738 minor-league games and 2,734 at-bats under his belt.

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