Nick Ahmed suffered a hand injury in June that cost him most of the second half, and while playing in rehab games at Triple-A in the final stages of his recovery, he was hit in the wrist by a pitch, which caused a fracture that ended his season. Heralded as a good defender, Ahmed can play anywhere in the infield as needed, which gives him value to the D-backs as a late-inning sub off the bench, and as an occasional spot starters against left-handed pitching. He took a small step forward as a hitter last season, putting together the best slash line of his four seasons in Arizona (.251/.298/.419). Given the uncertainty about his playing time, and the limitations he has shown as a hitter, Ahmed is likely limited to middle-infield filler status in NL-only formats. It's expected that he'll begin spring training completely healthy after undergoing surgery to repair the fractured wrist in early September.
Ahmed (wrist) agreed to a one-year, $1.275 million contract with the Diamondbacks on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of FanRagSports.com reports. Just as Ahmed was on the verge of a return from a broken right hand, he was hit by a pitch on the same hand during a rehab game in August, necessitating wrist surgery. He took a step forward at the plate last season, but was still a below-average hitter. Ahmed will likely be limited to a utility role throughout 2018.
Ahmed (wrist) was reinstated from the 60-day DL on Friday. Ahmed, who underwent surgery in early September to repair his fractured right wrist, should be fully healed and ready to go for spring training in a few months. Over the course of the 2017 season, Ahmed slashed .251/.298/.419 with six home runs and 21 RBI in 53 games.
Ahmed will require surgery to repair his fractured right wrist, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports. The initial thought was that Ahmed wouldn't require surgery on his wrist, but further tests confirmed otherwise, effectively putting an end to his season. The 27-year-old posted a .251/.298/.419 line with six homers and three stolen bases in 53 games for the Diamondbacks this season.
Ahmed won't require surgery to repair his fractured right wrist and remains optimistic that he'll be able to return from the 60-day disabled list during a potential postseason run, Jarrid Denney of MLB.com reports. "Hopefully I can come off the DL and come back and help the team," Ahmed said Tuesday. "Hopefully we'll be playing in the playoffs and I can come back and help at that point." Ahmed has been on the disabled list since late June after he first broke his right hand when he was struck by a 99 mile-per-hour fastball from the Cardinals' Trevor Rosenthal. After an arduous two-month recovery, Ahmed was on track to rejoin the Diamondbacks this week before he was struck by a pitch in the same hand again last Sunday, in what would have been his final rehab game with Triple-A Reno. Fortunately for the shortstop, his latest fracture isn't deemed quite as serious, but he'll still face a six-to-eight-week recovery timeline, putting him on track for a mid-October return at the earliest. With Ahmed out of the picture, Adam Rosales looks secure in his role as the Diamondbacks' top utility infielder for the final month of the regular season.
Ahmed (hand) suffered a fractured wrist when he was hit by a pitch during a rehab game with Triple-A Reno on Sunday, Nick Piecoro of The Arizona Republic reports. He'll be sidelined for 6-to-8 weeks with the injury, effectively spelling the end of his season. This is extremely unfortunate luck for Ahmed, who was due to return in a matter of days while rehabbing a fractured hand before this pitch broke his same-side wrist. Even if the Diamondbacks are able to make a deep postseason run and Ahmed heals as expected, the lack of regular at-bats he's received since late June could make the team reluctant to activate him.