Brad Ziegler RP ARI 9 Days
Ziegler underwent microfracture knee surgery Tuesday, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports.
Microfracture surgery comes with a longer rehabilitation timetable than a standard arthroscopic procedure, but the belief is still that Ziegler should be ready for spring training. The right-hander fell apart after the All-Star break (6.27 ERA, .347 BAA), but still recorded a career-high 29 holds this season, and if healthy, should have little trouble reclaiming the setup job next year.
Brad Ziegler RP ARI 13 Days
Ziegler will undergo season-ending knee surgery Tuesday, Nick Piecoro of AZCentral.com reports.
With Ziegler's performance suffering mightily as a result of a recurring knee ailment, the Diamondbacks will send the right-hander for surgery in hopes of rectifying the problem. Ziegler was his typically dominant self in the first half of the season (2.42 ERA, .198 BAA), but has been knocked around for 13 run on 26 hits in 18.2 innings since the intermission. Evan Marshall and Oliver Perez will likely be tasked with splitting setup duties the rest of the way.
Brad Ziegler RP ARI 14 Days
Ziegler will travel to Los Angeles at some point this weekend to receive a second opinion on his left knee, Nick Piecoro of AZ Central Sports reports.
Ziegler has been dealing with a recurring knee ailment, and it looks like he'll attempt to address the matter further as the 2014 season comes to a close. He likely wants to ensure his health for 2015, when he may have an outside chance to earn ninth-inning work for the Diamondbacks. It wouldn't be wise to count greatly on his productivity for the remainder of 2014.
Brad Ziegler RP ARI 2 Months
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.
Brad Ziegler RP ARI 4 Months
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.
Brad Ziegler RP ARI 9 Months
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.
Brad Ziegler RP ARI 10 Months
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 is the Diamondbacks player representative, tweeted Sunday, "It pays to cheat", and "Thanks, owners, for encouraging PED use." Ziegler elborated, "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 player's union annual board meeting in December. It obviously isn't good for the game if the penalties for PED use aren't enough of a deterrent, and incorporating the forfeiture of salary could be one increased penalty that is discussed.
Brad Ziegler RP ARI Sep 17 '13
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.
Brad Ziegler RP ARI Sep 12 '13
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.
Brad Ziegler RP ARI Sep 06 '13
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.