Ahmed could return at some point during the postseason if his rehab goes smoothly, though it’s more likely than not that we’ve seen the last of him this year. The 27-year-old has not appeared since June 27 after suffering a broken hand on a hit-by-pitch and was close to returning to Arizona’s lineup for the season’s last month.
Ahmed has been capably replaced by Ketel Marte at shortstop throughout his absence, so it doesn’t appear there’s much urgency for the D-Backs to make a last minute waiver-wire trade in the next two days. If the club does look, the top obvious candidate would be Reds shortstop Zack Cozart (if he is still available).
Arizona has Marte, Adam Rosales, Daniel Descalso and Brandon Drury as middle-infield options in the wake of injuries to both Ahmed and Chris Owings. Owings is still expected back by the end of the regular season.