Nick Ahmed for shoulder surgery

Diamondbacks shortstop Nick Ahmed Head coach Tori Lovolo has decided to undergo surgery on his ailing right shoulder, reporters (including Theo Mackie of Central Arizona). Lofolo said he hopes that Ahmed will be able to make a comeback at some point this season.

The veteran player’s submission to the knife is not particularly surprising. He went to see orthopedic surgeon Dr. Neil Al-Atrash, and the team had already put him on the 60-day casualty list last week. This combination of factors appears to indicate an upcoming action, and one that will indeed materialize. Lovullo’s not ruling out a potential comeback late in the season seems to suggest it’s not an operation as some of the other players have had, but any kind of shoulder operation is clearly noteworthy.

Ahmed’s shoulder caused problems dating back to 2020. He played through this problem for most of last season but eventually landed on IL during the last week of the year. Ahmed was still upset this spring, as he received two cortisone injections and missed the first 15 days of the regular season. He reappeared in 17 games before he was diagnosed with COVID-19, and shoulder problems resurfaced during the rehab process.

The 32-year-old is under contract until 2023 under the terms of the extension he signed in February 2020. He is earning $7.875 million this season and will receive his $10.375 million salary next year. The surgery rules out the possibility that D-Backs will find a business partner before this summer’s deadline.

With Ahmed out, the defenders leaned back Geraldo Perdomo as their primary short. Evaluators have long viewed the 22-year-old as one of the best prospects in the system, and Arizona numbers give him daily runs for the most part or all season with Ahmed sidelined. The Perdomo, a switch controller, has owned a .214/.328/.286 line during 181 trips to the board this year.

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