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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%: 7/5 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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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.


Brad Ziegler struggles in relief, picks up win Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2014) Diamondbacks pitcher Brad Ziegler surrendered two earned runs on two hits and one walk in two innings of relief Wednesday but still struck out four batters and picked up a win in his team's 4-3, 10-inning victory over the Marlins.

Ziegler (4-1) surrendered a two-run double in the top of the 10th inning after working a clean ninth, putting him in line for the loss in extra innings before the offense came through with a walkoff win in the bottom half of the inning. Ziegler owns a 2.47 ERA and 42:17 K:BB ratio in 47 1/3 innings.


Who's next in line to close?


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/8/2014) The funny thing about the closer role is that while innumerable relievers are capable of filling it, only 30 can at any one time, giving those 30 disproportionate value in Fantasy. And while in shallower leagues, 30 is more than enough to go around, in standard 12-team formats, it's a shortage. As a result, anticipating the next to enter the role is well worth your while.

Among all middle relievers, I believe Jake McGee, Jeurys Familia, Sergio Romo, Joaquin Benoit, Neil Ramirez, Brad Ziegler, Jason Grilli and Rex Brothers have the best chance of stepping into the closer role by the end of the month. To read up on them and their chances, check out my latest post to the Fantasy Baseball Today blog.


Brad Ziegler strikes out three in win vs. Brewers


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/19/2014) Diamondbacks pitcher Brad Ziegler earned a win after striking out three of the four batters he faced in his team's 4-3 victory over the Brewers Wednesday.

Ziegler (3-1) forced the other batter he faced to fly out in the win, pitching 1 1/3 scoreless innings before his offense delivered a walkoff RBI single in the bottom of the ninth. He owns a 2.58 ERA and 33:14 K:BB ratio in 38 1/3 innings.


Brad Ziegler collects first save of the season


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/8/2014) Diamondbacks pitcher Brad Ziegler picked up his first save of the season Sunday afternoon at home against the Braves.

Ziegler entered the game in the ninth and surrendered a solo home run to Ramiro Pena to cut the lead in half. He allowed one run on one hit and no walks while striking out one in one inning of work. He owns a 2.70 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP in 33 1/3 innings of relief.