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Diamondbacks lose Nick Ahmed to yet another hit-by-pitch injury

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Arizona Diamondbacks shortstop Nick Ahmed  was on a rehab assignment, close to returning from a broken hand which required surgery as a result of being hit on the hand by a 99-m.p.h. Trevor Rosenthal fastball in late June. Then, on Sunday, he was hit by another pitch, breaking his wrist and likely ending his season, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.

His official timeline for recovery is 6-8 weeks which means the Diamondbacks could get him back for a theoretical NLDS or NLCS appearance. It’s unlikely he’d return, however. Which is a tough break for the Dbacks.

Ahmed, one of baseball’s best defensive shortstop, was hitting .251/.298/.419 when he went down.

Giants sign Darin Ruf to minor league contract

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The Athletic’s Jayson Stark reports that the Giants have signed 1B/OF Darin Ruf to a minor league contract.

Ruf, 33, played parts of five seasons in the majors with the Phillies from 2012-16, enjoying occasional offensive success. He spent the last three seasons in the KBO League in South Korea with the Samsung Lions, reigniting his career. Ruf hit an aggregate .313/.404/.564 with 86 home runs and 350 RBI over 1,756 plate appearances.

Ruf joins an ever-increasing list of players whose major league careers fizzled out, then found new life overseas — Eric Thames and Miles Mikolas are a couple of examples. Ruf will hope to prove himself as a big leaguer once more in spring training with the Giants.