Brad Ziegler RP ARI 19 hours ago

Ziegler allowed just one hit during a scoreless ninth on Sunday against the Cubs to earn his second save of the season.

It was just his second save opportunity since being placed in the closer's role, but Ziegler now holds a stellar 0.86 ERA through 21 innings and is the clear-cut relief pitcher to own in Arizona.

Brad Ziegler RP ARI 4 days ago

Ziegler recorded his first save of the year Thursday, striking out two Marlins in a perfect ninth.

It only took him nine pitches to nail it down, and that should send fantasy owners running to the waiver wire, as Ziegler should be heavily involved in the Arizona closing mix moving forward. Rookie Enrique Burgos may have picked up a couple saves of his own this week, but both of those came with Ziegler unavailable.

Brad Ziegler RP ARI 1 week ago

Ziegler could see some save opportunities with Addison Reed moved out of the closer role.

Ziegler has been one of the few effective relievers for the D-Backs this year, posting a 1.17 ERA and 0.98 WHIP in 15.1 innings, and he has some closing experience - he saved 13 of 15 chances in 2013. Manager Chip Hale hasn't announced a plan for how he will handle closing duties during Reed's demotion, but Ziegler might be the best choice.

Brad Ziegler RP ARI 4 weeks ago

Ziegler pitched his ninth straight scoreless appearance Tuesday in a 5-4 loss to the Rockies.

Ziegler has only allowed two base runners in 8.2 innings pitched this year. He doesn't overwhelm hitters (just two strikeouts), but he gets tons of groundballs that the D-Backs have been converting into outs in the early going.

Brad Ziegler RP ARI 1 month ago

Ziegler made his seventh straight scoreless appearance of the season in Friday's loss to Pittsburgh.

The opposition has just one hit against Ziegler in 6.2 innings this season. He'll continue to work as part of the bridge to Addison Reed, collecting most of his value in leagues that reward holds.

Brad Ziegler RP ARI 2 months ago

Ziegler (knee) made his Cactus League debut Sunday against the Rockies, giving up a run on two hits and a walk over one inning.

Though Ziegler surrendered a solo blast to Corey Dickerson to lead off the inning, he was able to strand the remaining two baserunners. The side-winding reliever's start to the spring was delayed by microfracture surgery on his left knee last September, but he should be ready to work in a setup role for the Diamondbacks when Opening Day arrives. The team's closer situation is a bit unsettled at the moment with Addison Reed still recovering from a shoulder injury, but Evan Marshall would probably get the nod ahead of Ziegler if a ninth-inning replacement is needed.

Brad Ziegler RP ARI 2 months ago

Ziegler (knee) tossed a perfect inning during a minor league game Wednesday, the Arizona Republic reports.

The appearances was his first in a game this spring, and it included a player where he had to test his surgically-repaired knee by covering first base on a grounder. Ziegler expects to be ready for Opening Day, although he was unintentionally throwing some pitches Wednesday from a higher arm slot.

Brad Ziegler RP ARI 2 months ago

Ziegler (knee) is no longer scheduled to make his Cactus League debut Wednesday, but he will pitch in a minor league game, Nick Piecoro of reports.

The tweak in plans isn't necessarily significant, but it also isn't a great sign. Ziegler's availability for Opening Day is still in question, though he should be ready early in the season, if not by April 6.

Brad Ziegler RP ARI 2 months ago

Ziegler (knee) will make his Cactus League debut Wednesday, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.

Returning from microfracture knee surgery, Ziegler appears to have a chance at being ready for Opening Day. How he responds to the first taste of game action this spring should give a better read on his chances of his availability for April 6.

Brad Ziegler RP ARI 2 months ago

Ziegler (knee) threw to hitters and took fielding practice Saturday, Steve Gilbert of reports.

Per the report, Saturday's sessions were the last hurdles Ziegler needed to clear before being ready for game action. With Addison Reed dealing with a shoulder injury, Ziegler could be a candidate to serve as the team's closer at the beginning of the season, but he'll need to get through Cactus League action pain-free first.