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29 Brad Ziegler RP
Height/Weight: 6-4/218 | Birthdate: 10/10/1979 | Birthplace: Pratt, KS | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Arizona | College: Southwest Missouri State | MLB Experience: 8 | Salary: $3,150,000 | Owned/Started%: 25/20 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Diamondbacks reliever Brad Ziegler notches second save of the year


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2015) Diamondbacks relief pitcher Brad Ziegler worked a nearly perfect ninth inning in Arizona's 4-3 win on Sunday over the Cubs, earning his second save of the season. 

Ziegler made quick workof the first two hitters of the inning, needing just four pitches. After allowing a single to Starlin Castro, Ziegler finished things off by forcing Miguel Montero to pop out to left field. Ziegler now owns a 0.86 ERA in 21 innings of work.


D-Backs' Hale chooses Brad Ziegler to close out game Thursday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2015) Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale went to reliever Brad Ziegler in the ninth inning Thursday against the Marlins. Ziegler was able to preserve a one-run lead, picking up his first save this season during a 7-6 win.

Ziegler, who has 34 career saves, struck out Giancarlo Stanton to lead off the bottom of the ninth. Martin Prado then flied out to center before Ziegler finished off the inning with a strike out of Christian Yelich. He needed just nine pitches (eight strikes) to retire the side.

Hale leaned on Ziegler and Enrique Burgos to close out games against the Marlins. Burgos recorded saves Monday and Tuesday before Ziegler earned the save Thursday.


D-Backs ready to go with Enrique Burgos in closer's role?


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2015) After recording his second save in as many days Tuesday against the Marlins, Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale stopped short of naming Enrique Burgos the team's new closer. However, Hale is definitely pleased by the recent results.

"It's going to make it harder on us now in the ninth," Hale said, per The Arizona Republic. "We have more guys who can pitch in the ninth. It's fantastic."

Hale opted to pitch Burgos in the ninth Tuesday since Brad Ziegler was unavailable after throwing two innings Monday. 

"I love it," Burgos said of closing games. "I just like the adrenaline going on, the pressure. Everybody's watching you. I think it's a good feeling."

When asked if he will continue to use Burgos in the closer's role, a smiling Hale said, "We'll see. We'll see what the matchups look like."


Hale: Addison Reed out for now as Diamondbacks closer


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/15/2015) Right-hander Addison Reed has both Diamondbacks saves this season. Who will get the third is anybody's guess.

Chip Hale has bounced Reed from the closer role, though he anticipates reinstating him once he finds his groove, per azcentral.com. He added that veteran submariner Brad Ziegler could be an option unless he is needed earlier in a game, which indicates that the current plan is closer-by-committee.

Reed has struggled throughout the year. He has allowed eight runs on 15 hits in 10 innings pitched. The last straw was Wednesday, when he blew a save by giving up four runs on three hits in one inning against Washington.


Diamondbacks' Brad Ziegler proving durable after knee surgery


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2015) Diamondbacks pitcher Brad Ziegler has shown his strength early on in 2015. The veteran pitcher has tossed 7 2/3 scoreless innings with four strikeouts so far this season, drawing the attention of manager Chip Hale, reports AZCentral.com.

"He's pitched great," Hale said. "He's come in innings and got out of them. He's started innings and finished them. So he's been very impressive."

Ziegler underwent microfracture surgery last September on his left knee and has been able to perform well despite having a limited spring training.

"I've felt all right," he said. "I feel like they've done a pretty good job of managing my workload knowing that I'm not 100 percent. I probably won't be all season, but it's not a matter of managing pain. It's more a matter of, do I have the strength to hold up? I'm still doing my rehab, still working as hard as I can, trying to be out there as often as they want me."


D-Backs' Brad Ziegler makes Cactus League debut


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(3/22/2015) Diamondbacks reliever Brad Ziegler, coming off microfracture surgery on his knee, made his first appearance of the Cactus League season Sunday, tossing one inning of relief against the Rockies. 

Ziegler allowed a leadoff home run to Corey Dickerson, but completed the rest of the frame without allowing any further damage.


Diamondbacks' Brad Ziegler feels ready after minor-league outing


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/18/2015) Diamondbacks pitcher Brad Ziegler made his first appearance this spring in one inning of work during a minor-league game Wednesday.

It's all the same for Ziegler, who is recovering from microfracture surgery on his left knee.

"It just felt really good just to get the first pitch out of the way," Ziegler said.

Ziegler, who struck out two batters, believes he's ready for Opening Day with Arizona, but he won't force anyone's hand to make it happen.

"I feel like I'm ready, but I don't want to rush it, either," he said. "Bottom line is, I feel like I'm going to be ready for Opening Day, so we [don't want to do] anything to jeopardize that."


Diamondbacks' Ziegler to throw one inning in minor-league game


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/17/2015) Diamondbacks pitcher Brad Ziegler will see his first game action of the spring Wednesday, and he's scheduled to toss one inning in a minor-league game, MLB.com reports.

Ziegler was initially thought to be making his Cactus League debut Wednesday as he recovers from microfracture surgery on his left knee. He's expected to be ready for Opening Day if he doesn't encounter a setback.


Diamondbacks' Brad Ziegler to make spring debut Wednesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/16/2015) Diamondbacks pitcher Brad Ziegler is slated to make his first appearance of spring training Wednesday, reports AZCentral.com.

Ziegler, who had microfracture surgery on his knee last September, has been working to get back on the mound before opening day. He has throw two live batting practices and worked on covering first base. He went 5-3 in 2014 with a 3.49 ERA in 67 innings pitched. 


Brad Ziegler ready to appear in game for Diamondbacks


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/14/2015) Brad Ziegler threw to live hitters for the second time this spring, during a session at Diamondbacks' camp on Saturday. He also worked on covering first base on ground balls. 

Ziegler is recovering from microfracture knee surgery, and MLB.com's Steve Gilbert reported that the ground ball work was the last step before being declared ready to appear in games. 


Diamondbacks' Brad Ziegler faces hitters Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/11/2015) Diamondbacks pitcher Brad Ziegler faced hitters Thursday for the first time since undergoing microfracture knee surgery and came away thinking his session went well, MLB.com reports.

"I thought it went well," Ziegler said. "Biggest thing for me is having no pain in the knee and I didn't hurt anybody."

Ziegler is not yet ready to appear in game action but there remains hope he'll be ready to go by opening day.


Diamondbacks' Brad Ziegler becoming solid option out of the bullpen


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/8/2015) Diamondbacks veteran pitcher Brad Ziegler brings a strong presence to the bullpen in 2015. Manager Chip Hale said Saturday he thinks Ziegler will be a rock coming out of Arizona's bullpen, reports MLB.com.

"He's a guy who's closed. There aren't that many guys who have done it and have had success, and he has," Hale said. "So we always know there's a second guy if [Addison Reed] needs a day off or if Addison goes down. He's very important, and that's why those guys are very valuable in the league."


Diamondbacks' Brad Ziegler to face hitters soon


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/6/2015) Diamondbacks pitcher Brad Ziegler will face hitters soon, according to FoxSports.com.

Ziegler had microfracture surgery in September, and is working his way back. He threw a bullpen session on Friday, and should face hitters pretty soon. The 35-year-old is expected to open the year in the bullpen if healthy. 

Ziegler posted a 3.49 ERA over 67 innings last season. 


D-Backs' Brad Ziegler throws off mound for first time since surgery


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/24/2015) Diamondbacks reliever Brad Ziegler threw off the mound Tuesday for the first time since undergoing microfracture surgery in September, per MLB.com. Ziegler said the throwing session went well.

Diamondbacks' Brad Ziegler should be ready by Opening Day


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(2/19/2015) Diamondbacks reliever Brad Ziegler doesn't look like he's going to miss any playing time rehabbing his injured knee.

Ziegler is recovering from September microfracture surgery on his knee. D-backs manager Chip Hale met with the media on Thursday and said he expected Ziegler to be ready by opening day.

Ziegler was 5-3 with one save and a 3.49 ERA in 68 games as the Diamondbacks' setup man last season.


D-Backs' Ziegler ahead of schedule, but opening day remains iffy


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/5/2015) Diamondbacks reliever Brad Ziegler said his recovery from microfracture surgery in September is "going well," per 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," Ziegler said. "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."

Ziegler said he will not be ready to throw off a mound when spring training begins, but he is hopeful he will be able to participate in some drills.

"I'll do as many drills as I can early on, because with a new manager this year, our bunt plays are going to be different, our pickoff plays are going to be different, so I want to be out there so I'm not behind on that stuff," he said.


Brad Ziegler undergoes microfracture surgery on knee


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/9/2014) Diamondbacks pitcher Brad Ziegler underwent microfracture surgery on his injured knee Tuesday, the Arizona Republic reports. While the situation with Ziegler's knee was worse than the team had hoped, the Diamondbacks still expect him to be ready by spring training.

Brad Ziegler set for season-ending knee surgery


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/5/2014) Diamondbacks reliever Brad Ziegler received a second opinion on his left knee Friday, and the team announced he will undergo season-ending surgery Tuesday to repair damage.

Ziegler is dealing with cartilage damage in the knee, and has decided to undergo surgery after trying to pitch through it since June. He has struggled in the second half of the season, posting a 6.62 ERA since the All-Star break, compared to a 3.49 mark overall.

Ziegler is expected to be ready for the start of spring training next season, but will not pitch again this season.


Brad Ziegler getting second opinion this weekend


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/4/2014) Diamondbacks reliever Brad Ziegler is planning to get another opinion on his left knee this weekend in Los Angeles, according to the Arizona Republic on Thursday.

Ziegler cited on Tuesday knee discomfort as one reason for his recent struggles. He has given up 15 runs on 28 hits in his last 20 1/3 innings pitched. He's posted a 3.55 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP over 66 innings.


Brad Ziegler: Knee problem one reason for pitching problem


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/3/2014) Diamondbacks reliever Brad Ziegler cited on Tuesday knee discomfort as one reason for his recent struggles, per azcentral.com.

Ziegler, who had just given up a walkoff home run to Padres rookie Cory Spangenberg, has given up 15 runs on 28 hits in his last 20 1/3 innings pitched as his ERA has soared from 2.18 to 3.55.


Brad Ziegler serves up walkoff home run Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/3/2014) Diamondbacks pitcher Brad Ziegler took a loss Tuesday, giving up a walkoff home run in his team's 2-1 defeat against the Padres.

Ziegler (5-3) retired the first batter he faced Tuesday, but Cory Spangenberg connected on his first major-league home run to send the Diamondbacks home with a loss. Ziegler owns a 3.55 ERA and 53:24 K:BB ratio in 66 innings.


Brad Ziegler tosses scoreless inning Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/26/2014) Diamondbacks pitcher Brad Ziegler walked a batter Saturday but pitched a scoreless eighth inning in his team's 10-6, 10-inning win over the Phillies.

Ziegler missed a few days after being hit in the ribs by a pitch Tuesday, but he was ruled ready to go Friday and ended up returning to action Saturday. He owns a 2.79 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 44:18 K:BB ratio in 51 2/3 innings.


Brad Ziegler available to pitch Friday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/25/2014) Diamondbacks pitcher Brad Ziegler has not been able to pitch since he was hit by a line drive on the ribs Tuesday, but a couple of days off has given him enough time to get healthy.

Ziegler told MLB.com Friday he is available to pitch out of the bullpen in that evening's game against the Phillies. 


Brad Ziegler (ribs) hopes to be available to pitch Wed.


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2014) Diamondbacks reliever Brad Ziegler said he is still a little sore after taking a line drive off his ribs Tuesday against the Tigers. However, he was able to play catch Wednesday and hopes to be available to pitch, according to The Arizona Republic.

Arizona might not be active at trade deadline


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/21/2014) It seems unlikely the Diamondbacks will trade shortstop Chris Owings, outfielder A.J. Pollock, catcher Miguel Montero and pitcher Wade Miley by the July 31 trade deadline, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Miley is drawing substantial interest, but general manager Kevin Towers said trading the left-handed starter "doesn't make a whole lot of sense since we're trying to acquire starting pitchers."

Officials with other teams also told Heyman that the Diamondbacks don't seem eager to trade veteran Martin Prado or reliever Brad Ziegler. One general manager interested in trading for Prado believes the Diamondbacks won't deal him because of his leadership and work ethic.