Ahmed will be on the bench for Friday's game against the Nationals. Ahmed owns a .762 OPS over his last 10 games after struggling to a .397 mark over his first 20 contests. Josh Rojas will start in his absence Friday.
Ahmed went 1-for-2 with a solo home run, two walks and two runs scored Tuesday in an 11-3 win over Miami. Ahmed put the Diamondbacks on the board in the second inning, launching a solo shot to left field for his first long ball of the campaign. He reached base twice more via walk in the contest and scored the team's second run in the fifth frame. After a sluggish start to the campaign, Ahmed has been trending up over his past 16 games, batting .308 over 52 at-bats.
Ahmed is out of the lineup Sunday versus Colorado. Ahmed started the the past seven games and will take a seat Sunday after going 7-for-25 with three doubles, two RBI and four runs during that stretch. Josh Rojas will start at shortstop and bat sixth in the series finale for Arizona.
Ahmed went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI in Wednesday's 12-3 loss to San Diego. Ahmed has hit in four straight games after getting a two-day break last weekend. The shortstop opened the season in a miserable 3-for-41 slump but has turned things around during this hitting streak, going 6-for-13 with three doubles.
Ahmed started both games of Sunday's doubleheader sweep over Atlanta and hit safely in each. The shortstop went 2-for-3 with a double in the opener, then 1-for-3 with a double and two runs scored in the nightcap. Ahmed was given a day off Friday and got a second day when Saturday's game was postponed, giving him time to work on his mechanics. The break appeared to work for this one day, as he stroked four hard-hit balls on the day. Ahmed's Statcast profile suggests his early season slump is well deserved, but a .162 BABIP supports the notion that he's been unlucky.
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