Ahmed returns from paternity leave

Ahmed returns from paternity leave

PHOENIX -- D-backs shortstop Nick Ahmed walked into the team clubhouse on Monday afternoon and immediately began to receive congratulatory remarks from his teammates.

Ahmed and his wife, Amanda, had their first child -- a son, Jackson James Ahmed -- on early Saturday morning. Ahmed missed the last two games against the Giants on the paternity list but was reinstated to Arizona's roster prior to Monday's game against the Padres.

"It's been great, it's kind of a hard feeling to describe," Ahmed said. "He's been doing great, sleeping and eating, and it's just awesome."

Ahmed was removed from Friday's game against the Giants when his wife went into labor. It was a hectic next few days for Ahmed, with little amounts of sleep, he said, but well worth it.

"I got there and she was stable, they had the baby all checked out and everything was good," Ahmed said. "Just looking at him, you want to raise him right and teach him the things that you know. It just gives you a little bit of perspective. When I go through stuff now, it's not just for me and my wife, but it's for him as well."

Jake Rill is a reporter for MLB.com based in Phoenix. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.