D-Backs SS Nick Ahmed’s return delayed after setback

PHOENIX, AZ - JUNE 25: Arizona Diamondbacks shortstop Nick Ahmed (13) runs back to the dugout after scoring in the fourth inning of the MLB baseball game between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Arizona Diamondbacks on June 25, 2017, at Chase Field in Phoenix, AZ. The Diamondbacks defeated the Phillies 2-1 in eleven innings. (Photo by Carlos Herrera/Icon Sportswire)
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The Arizona Diamondbacks are expected to be without shortstop Nick Ahmed for an additional six-to-eight weeks after general manager Mike Hazen told Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic on Monday that Ahmed suffered a setback in his return from the 60-day disabled list.

Ahmed, who has been out since June 28 with a fractured right hand, was hit in the same hand Sunday during a rehab game. Ahmed’s diagnosis is set to have him back sometime during the postseason as the Diamondbacks entered Monday with a 1.5-game lead over the Colorado Rockies for the first National League Wild Card.

Hazen told Piecoro that the team will assess the trade market for shortstops. But with the deadline to add players eligible for postseason rosters on Aug. 31, Hazen said he doesn’t expect to find much available help.

Ahmed, known more for his defensive prowess, was having the best year of his career at the plate. In 53 games, he was slashing .251/.298/.419 with six home runs (three away from his career high). His fracture was sustained after being hit by a 99-mph fastball from St. Louis Cardinals reliever Trevor Rosenthal. He was slated to come off the disabled list sometime this week as he was playing in his second rehab game. Season-ending hip surgery cut Ahmed’s season short last year as well.

The Diamondbacks have also been without shortstop Chris Owings, who’s not eligible to come off the 60-day disabled list until mid-September. Ketel Marte has taken over at shortstop and has slashed .256/.342/.419 with four home runs in 45 games.

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