Nick Ahmed Out for Season after Shoulder Surgery
PHOENIX, Jun 17 — Arizona Diamondbacks shortstop Nick Ahmed had shoulder surgery Wednesday and is done for the season. Ahmed said, “I tried to push through it for as long as I could. Eventually, it came to a point where it just was too painful on the field (and) off the field to continue to try to push through it, so I had to think about my long-term health and take care of that and prioritize it.”
“It’s frustrating. You never like missing time. Knowing I’m gonna miss the rest of the season is tough. Especially knowing the group of guys who haven’t here and knowing the possibility of us having a nice season and you get a chance to get in the playoffs, but I’m good.”
He’s disappointed but has a good long-term outlook. “I’m moving forward. I can’t change right now. All I can do is tackle the rehab the best way I know how.”
Outlook for the Future
The surgery took care of two different bone spurs. It also cleaned up the bursa, the rotator cuff tendons, and repaired the damaged labrum. The bone spurs were a bigger issue while he was hitting, while the labrum was a bigger issue while he was throwing. The labrum first became an issue when he dove for a ball during Summer Camp in 2020. He’s been dealing with it ever since.
It will take Ahmed six months to finish rehabbing, therefore, he is done for the season. But after he recovers, he should be 100% for the long term. “I should be back to full health by middle of the offseason and ready to move forward to the rest of my career,” Ahmed said with a hint of an optimistic grin.