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Brad Ziegler | Relief Pitcher

Team: Arizona Diamondbacks
Age / DOB:  (35) / 10/10/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 212
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
Contract: view contract details

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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. Sep 9 - 8:41 PM

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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.
Sep 5 - 8:06 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.
Sep 4 - 6:20 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.
Sep 3 - 1:45 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.
Jul 21 - 8:05 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.
May 14 - 6:56 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

Brad Ziegler notched his 10th save on Wednesday against the Dodgers, tossing a perfect ninth inning in a 4-1 victory.

Ziegler has fired six consecutive 1-2-3 innings, a run that began on August 30. He owns a poor 37/21 K/BB ratio over 71 appearances, but Ziegler's success comes by inducing weak contact and he's done so often this year, posting a 2.30 ERA and 1.14 WHIP.
Thu, Sep 12, 2013 01:46:00 AM

Brad Ziegler earned his first save since August 7 by tossing a perfect ninth in Thursday's win against the Giants.

No Arizona pitcher has earned a save since August 18, when J.J. Putz did so against the Pirates because the game went 16 innings. Ziegler owners have in some ways been compensated for his dearth of saves, because the right-hander has notched four wins since the beginning of last month.
Fri, Sep 6, 2013 01:47:00 AM

Brad Ziegler gave up two runs in the ninth to blow a save against the Padres on Tuesday.

It's time for the Diamondbacks to put Ziegler back into a setup role, but their best option to replace him, J.J. Putz, just returned to the DL with a finger injury. Unless they want to go back to Heath Bell -- and they don't -- Ziegler will likely keep the job for now.
Wed, Aug 28, 2013 02:20:00 AM

Brad Ziegler blew his first save of the season Monday against the Orioles.

Ziegler, who was called upon to protect a one-run lead, loaded the bases via two hits and a walk with one out. Baltimore scratched the singles from a fortuitous chopper and a questionable defensive play by first baseman Paul Goldschmidt on an infield one-bagger, so it wasn't as though the Orioles flogged Ziegler. Nick Markakis nearly poked a double down the left field line, but the ball sliced foul and Markakis instead sacrificed to center. Ziegler popped Manny Machado out to short to end the inning. Adam Eaton's walkoff homer to lead off the bottom of the ninth gifted Ziegler the win, improving his record to 6-1. Prior to this evening, Ziegler hadn't allowed a run since July 4. His ninth-inning gig isn't in jeopardy.
Tue, Aug 13, 2013 01:19:00 AM

Brad Ziegler notched his seventh save Wednesday against the Rays, tossing a scoreless ninth inning in a 9-8 win.

A walk and a single put runners on first and second for Evan Longoria, but Ziegler induced a game-ending double play grounder. Ziegler, considered a right-handed specialist, was an odd choice to take over closing duties when skipper Kirk Gibson tired of Heath Bell and J.J. Putz, but the side-armer has rewarded his manager with 12 consecutive scoreless appearances since Ziegler earned his first save on Independence Day. He's posted a 2.10 ERA and 1.09 WHIP on the year.
Thu, Aug 8, 2013 01:38:00 AM

The Diamondbacks plan to use Brad Ziegler in the closer role for the time being.

It seemed evident that Ziegler was the favorite for saves in Arizona after he nailed down his third save in as many appearances on Monday. The side-armer boasts a 2.58 ERA and 1.06 WHIP in 51 appearances this season, though he's struck out just 24 over 45 1/3 frames. Ziegler has been vulnerable to left-handed bats in his career but has managed to hold them in check this season.
Mon, Jul 22, 2013 06:32:00 PM

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SS1Chris Owings
2Nick Ahmed
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2Jake Lamb
3Cliff Pennington
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LF1David Peralta
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2Jeremy Hellickson
3Rubby De La Rosa
4Josh Collmenter
5Chase Anderson
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7Robbie Ray
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Relief Pitcher
R1Addison Reed
2Brad Ziegler
3Oliver Perez
4Evan Marshall
5Matt Stites
6Randall Delgado
7Daniel Hudson
8Matt Reynolds
9David Hernandez
10Will Locante
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