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Brad Ziegler | Relief Pitcher

Team: Arizona Diamondbacks
Age / DOB:  (35) / 10/10/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 218
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Brad Ziegler (knee) will make his Cactus League debut on Wednesday.
Ziegler required microfracture surgery on his left knee last September, but everything has gone according to plan with his rehab process. He shouldn't need too many outings to get ready for the season. The 35-year-old sidearmer had a 3.49 ERA and 54/24 K/BB ratio across 67 innings in 2014 and should serve as a set-up man for Addison Reed this season. Mar 16 - 4:25 PM

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Brad Ziegler (knee) threw live bating practice on Saturday and participated in fielding drills.

That was the last step needed to gain clearance to appear in game action. He should make his Cactus League debut at some point next week, giving him plenty of time to be ready for the start of the regular season.
Mar 14 - 2:12 PM

Brad Ziegler (knee) threw a successful bullpen session on Friday and is expected to be cleared to face live hitters soon.

Ziegler is in the process of recovering from microfracture knee surgery on his left knee that he underwent in September. He should be fully healthy and ready to go on Opening Day where he'll serve as the primary setup man for closer Addison Reed.
Source: FOX Sports
Mar 6 - 9:45 PM

Brad Ziegler threw off a mound Tuesday for the first time since undergoing microfracture surgery on his left knee last September.

Ziegler had no issues and was satisfied with how things went. While his knee surgery was a serious procedure, the side-arming reliever is expected to be ready for Opening Day.
Feb 24 - 2:17 PM

Brad Ziegler (knee) is expected to be ready for Opening Day.

Recovering from microfracture knee surgery, Ziegler said earlier this month that he expected to be ready at some point in April, but now it appears he won't miss any time at all. The side-arming reliever will be one of the main setup men for Addison Reed this season.
Feb 19 - 8:37 PM

Brad Ziegler expects to be recovered from his September knee surgery sometime this April.

It was microfracture surgery -- a major procedure that can come with tons of complications -- but Ziegler is making impressive progress so far in his rehab. "It’s going well," the right-hander told MLB.com. "Dr. [Michael] Lee told me that as far as the microfracture surgeries he’s done, I’m further along at the point that I’m at than anyone else that he’s been checking up on. So I guess that means ahead of schedule. Hopefully I’ll be ready for Opening Day, but if not, barring a setback, it should be shortly after that."
Feb 5 - 11:27 AM

Brad Ziegler underwent microfracture surgery on his left knee Tuesday.

The D'Backs were hoping he just needed arthroscopic surgery, but a more serious procedure was required. However, if Ziegler's rehab goes along without any hiccups, he's expected to be ready for spring training. The reliever is under contract for $5 million next season.
Tue, Sep 9, 2014 08:41:00 PM

Brad Ziegler (knee) said Friday that he will not return this season.

He had been holding out on surgery with the intention of rejoining the bullpen in September, but he'll opt for the cautious approach instead. He should be ready to go for spring training.
Fri, Sep 5, 2014 08:06:00 PM

Brad Ziegler will receive a second opinion on his ailing left knee this weekend in Los Angeles.

Ziegler has dealt with fraying of the cartilage in the knee since late June and it has affected his performance. He had been hoping to delay a potential surgery until after the season, but it's possible he'll go ahead and have the operation with the D'Backs far away from the playoff hunt.
Thu, Sep 4, 2014 06:20:00 PM

Brad Ziegler revealed after Tuesday's game that he's dealt with the fraying of cartilage in his left knee since late June.

An MRI revealed the damage, but Ziegler obviously chose to pitch through it. He could undergo surgery over the offseason, but it appears he'll keep pitching for now. The reliever served up a walk-off homer Tuesday and has a 5.70 ERA since July 1, so the knee definitely seems to have affected him.
Wed, Sep 3, 2014 01:45:00 AM

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Tigers have inquired on the availability of Brad Ziegler, but the Diamondbacks are "inclined to keep him."

Ziegler is making a reasonable $4.5 million this season, is owed $5 million in 2015 and the D'Backs have a $5.5 million option on him for 2016, so they don't feel obligated to deal the reliever even though they're out of contention. The Tigers are searching far and wide for relief help, with Joaquin Benoit and Joakim Soria also on their wish list.
Mon, Jul 21, 2014 08:05:00 PM

Brad Ziegler had a rare off day on Wednesday, giving up four runs in the ninth to take a loss versus the Nationals.

Ziegler's recent performance made him the obvious choice to step into ninth inning duties if the Diamondbacks opted to replace Addison Reed, but he didn't have it today. His ERA nearly tripled from 0.86 to 2.53.
Wed, May 14, 2014 06:56:00 PM

Diamondbacks and RHP Brad Ziegler avoided arbitration by agreeing to a two-year, $9.5 million contract extension.

The deal also includes a $5.5 million club option for 2016 or a $1 million buyout. Ziegler was in his final year of arbitration eligibility, so the D'Backs have bought out at least one year of free agency. The side-arming right-hander has posted a 2.35 ERA over the last two seasons for Arizona and will help set up for them again in 2014.
Fri, Dec 20, 2013 03:49:00 PM

In lieu of Jhonny Peralta's four-year, $53 million contract with the Cardinals, there could soon be changes coming to baseball's Joint Drug Agreement between the players union and the owners.

Brad Ziegler, who serves as the Diamondbacks' union representative, tweeted Sunday, "It pays to cheat", and "Thanks, owners, for encouraging PED use." Ziegler elaborated, "We thought 50 games would be a deterrent. Obviously it’s not. So we are working on it again." It certainly sounds like many other players are echoing those same sentiments, and a likely scenario is that changes could be proposed to the agreement during the MLBPA's annual board meeting in December. It obviously isn't good for the game if penalties for PED use aren't enough of a deterrent, and incorporating the forfeiture of salary could be one increased penalty that is discussed.
Source: FOX Sports
Sun, Nov 24, 2013 09:36:00 PM

Brad Ziegler earned his 11th save against the Dodgers on Monday, tossing a scoreless ninth inning.

Ziegler surrendered a pair of singles but walked the tightrope and protected a one-read lead. He's strung together seven consecutive scoreless frames, nice to see after Ziegler's rough patch in late August. The right-hander is 11-for-13 in save conversions and boasts a 2.26 ERA and 1.15 WHIP.
Tue, Sep 17, 2013 12:31:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Tuffy Gosewisch
2Gerald Laird
3Oscar Hernandez
1B1Paul Goldschmidt
2Jordan Pacheco
2B1Chris Owings
2Aaron Hill
SS1Nick Ahmed
2Cliff Pennington
3B1Jake Lamb
LF1Ender Inciarte
2David Peralta
CF1A.J. Pollock
RF1Mark Trumbo
2Yasmany Tomas
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Josh Collmenter
2Jeremy Hellickson
3Chase Anderson
4Rubby De La Rosa
5Archie Bradley
6Bronson Arroyo
7Patrick Corbin
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Addison Reed
2Brad Ziegler
3Oliver Perez
4Evan Marshall
5Matt Stites
6David Hernandez
7Daniel Hudson
8Randall Delgado
9Andrew Chafin