Wed, 20 May 2015 10:41:40 -0700
Arizona Diamondbacks RP Brad Ziegler is the team's main ninth-inning option with RP Addison Reed demoted from the closer's role, even though RP Enrique Burgos picked up the save Monday, May 18, according to manager Chip Hale. "I would say the number one guy right now for us to close a game is (Brad) Ziegler," Hale said. Ziegler has 33 career saves, while Burgos' first came Monday. However, Hale also made it sound as though Ziegler won't exclusively be pitching in the ninth. "In the long run, is Addison going to be our closer? Hopefully. Is Burgos going to be the closer? He has an opportunity to be with his stuff, but the experience is not there yet," Hale said.
Fantasy Tip: This situation is obviously fluid. If you're searching for saves, Ziegler should be your first choice, but Burgos deserves to be owned in NL-only and deep mixed leagues, at least. Purging Reed from your roster in shallow mixed leagues right now wouldn't be crazy. Know that the back end of Arizona's bullpen could be disappointing to count on for fantasy owners, though.
Fri, 15 May 2015 14:31:59 -0700
Arizona Diamondbacks RP Brad Ziegler is a candidate to close games for the time being, but manager Chip Hale said the team may still need Ziegler to pitch before the ninth inning.
Fantasy Tip: Ziegler appears to be the most likely candidate to receive the first save opportunity. He currently has a 1.26 ERA and has struck out six batters in 14 1/3 innings. Owners looking for saves should consider picking Ziegler up if he is available.
Thu, 14 May 2015 10:54:58 -0700
Arizona Diamondbacks RP Addison Reed allowed a game-winning grand slam to the Washington Nationals Wednesday, May 13, but manager Chip Hale was non-committal and didn't suggest that a change to the team's closer's role was coming. "Let's give it a day or so," Hale said when asked if there is consideration for taking Reed out of the ninth inning. "Every time somebody doesn't perform, they are either going to be taken out of the rotation or they are going to get sent down? You know what I mean? Come on, man. It's a 162-game season." Reed is only 2-for-4 in save chances this year, and he has allowed runs in four of his last six outings, allowing eight runs in seven innings. His ERA has ballooned to 7.20 after giving up four runs Wednesday, and his WHIP stands at 1.90. RP Brad Ziegler has 33 career saves and was 13-for-15 in save chances at the All-Star break in 2013. Ziegler has a 1.26 ERA this year and has allowed just one run in 15 setup outings. RP Enrique Burgos throws in the high-90s and could have the stuff to be a closer.
Fantasy Tip: Because of Reed's track record as a closer in previous seasons, he's earned a little more leash. The fact that Arizona doesn't have any slam-dunk relief options to replace him also has played into it. If you own Reed, though, you have to be very worried. Benching him for now is the best course of action. If you're speculating for saves or want to handcuff Reed, Ziegler should be your first target, closely followed by Randall Delgado. Avoiding this situation in the desert entirely may be the best play, though.
Thu, 05 Feb 2015 10:52:23 -0800
Arizona Diamondbacks RP Brad Ziegler (knee) said his rehab from microfracture surgery is going well and hopes to be ready for opening day or soon after. Ziegler will not be able to throw off a mound when spring training begins but hopes to take part in some of the drills.
Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:11:50 -0700
Arizona Diamondbacks RP Brad Ziegler (knee) needed microfracture surgery on his left knee Tuesday, Sept. 9, and he'll be out longer than originally scheduled.
Thu, 11 Sep 2014 09:59:37 -0700
Arizona Diamondbacks RP Brad Ziegler (knee) underwent microfracture surgery on his left knee Tuesday, Sept. 9, and is facing a longer rehab than anticipated. Ziegler was scheduled to undergo arthroscopic surgery, but the doctors found more damage in the knee.
Fri, 05 Sep 2014 16:29:07 -0700
Arizona Diamondbacks RP Brad Ziegler (knee) is scheduled to undergo knee surgery Tuesday, Sept. 9, and will miss the rest of the 2014 season.
Thu, 04 Sep 2014 15:01:49 -0700
Arizona Diamondbacks RP Brad Ziegler (knee) will get another opinion on his left knee this weekend in Los Angeles.
Wed, 03 Sep 2014 07:43:30 -0700
Arizona Diamondbacks RP Brad Ziegler (knee) said he has been pitching with frayed cartilage in his left knee since the end of June.
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:05:58 -0700
Arizona Diamondbacks RPs Addison Reed, Oliver Perez and Brad Ziegler could be traded before the trade deadline, but the team does not appear to be actively looking to trade Perez or Ziegler.