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Friday, September 5, 2014

Diamondbacks Injury Update: Brad Ziegler will need surgery

By on 9/05/2014 11:00:00 AM

The Arizona Diamondbacks defeated the San Diego Padres on Thursday by the score of 5-1. The win improved the Diamondbacks to 59-81, fourth in the National League West. The Diamondbacks had a 13-hit attack and strong effort on the mound, allowing only four hits and striking out eight. On the injury front, reliever Brad Ziegler will need surgery on his injured left knee.

I reported on September 3 that Ziegler has been pitching through knee discomfort at the end of June and may need surgery to repair fraying cartilage in his left knee.

An updated on Ziegler, as reported by Steve Gilbert of, is that he'll receive a second opinion on his knee from Dr. Neal ElAttrache today.  Ziegler initially felt the injury on June 27 and was diagnosed with fraying of the cartilage just under the kneecap. Lee told Ziegler that he'd need surgery for the injury to completely heal.
"The question was how long could I go without needing it. Part of the problem is the way I'm genetically made up, my kneecap is just a little off-center and because that's my land leg, there's a lot of force on the outer edge and the front of that knee just because of my mechanics. Over time, it's just kind of worn into that cartilage a little bit to where it's kind of frayed up and irritated and causing all the swelling."
Ziegler, in his seventh Major League season, is  5-3 with 29 holds and a 3.55 ERA in 67 games.  Although his ERA is respectable, it's the highest of Ziegler's career.  Last season Ziegler was 8-1 with 13 saves and a 2.22 ERA. In 468 career games with the A's and Diamondbacks, Ziegler had a record of 30-18 with a 2.56 ERA.

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