Outfielder Steven Souza Jr., whose double in his first at-bat since 2018 was one of the feel-good moments of the season, was designated for assignment by the Cubs between games of Saturday's doubleheader after weeks of struggles since then.
Souza, the Cubs' top hitting acquisition of the offseason, struck out twice on a total of six pitches in Saturday's twinbill opener, making him just 4-for-27 (.148) with 15 strikeouts -- 0-for-6 (five Ks) since returning Wednesday from a hamstring injury.
Souza missed all of 2019 because of a fluke knee injury suffered when he slipped on the plate while scoring a run during the Diamondbacks' final spring training game.
The Cubs recalled right-hander Tyson Miller for the second game of Saturday's doubleheader.
Longer term, Souza's departure clears spots on both the 28-man and 40-man rosters the Cubs needed to make room for infielder Ildemaro Vargas, who was claimed off waivers from Minnesota earlier in the day.