Giants designate Nick Ahmed for assignment, reinstate several from IL – NBC Sports Bay Area & California

SAN FRANCISCO — Two days after trading Austin Slater, the Giants made another attempt with a struggling veteran.

Shortstop Nick Ahmed was designated for assignment as part of a major roster shuffle on Tuesday afternoon. Wilmer Flores, Thairo Estrada and Blake Snell all came off the IL, with Slater and Ahmed clearing two roster spots and a third becoming available when they sent left-hander Kolton Ingram back to Triple-A.

The goal seems clear for a team that sits three games below .500 with a week to go before the MLB All-Star break. By firing Slater and Ahmed, the front office has freed up extra at-bats for Luis Matos and Brett Wisely, the latter of whom figures to become the starting shortstop now that Estrada is back at second base.

Ahmed was signed during camp to bring a more reliable glove to shortstop, but he posted a .581 OPS with just one home run. His defense was strong early on but has taken a dive in recent weeks, coinciding with Wisely looking like he could handle shortstop at the highest level.

One of the reasons the Giants chose Ahmed over Brandon Crawford was that they figured it would be a lot easier to DFA a rookie if Marco Luciano appeared ready to become the regular shortstop. Luciano has yet to find his feet in Triple-A, but Wisely is ready for extra reps, and he’s getting them now.

Snell returns after three rehab starts, including five no-hit innings in his last Triple-A appearance, to start Tuesday’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays.

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