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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Diamondbacks Injury Update: Brad Ziegler's surgery more complicated than expected


By on 9/11/2014 06:00:00 AM

The Arizona Diamondbacks have struggled to a 59-85 record this season entering Wednesday night's game against the San Francisco Giants. They have struggled both offensively and on the mound, ranking near the bottom of the league in runs scored and ERA. One injury that has hurt the team is that of reliever Brad Ziegler, who had surgery to repair his knee. But the surgery was more complicated than anticipated.


I reported on September 5 that Ziegler, who had been pitching through knee discomfort at the end of June, would need surgery on his injured left knee.

An update on Ziegler, as reported by Steve Gilbert of MLB.com, is that the surgery he underwent on Tuesday was more serious than initially expected.  The procedure he had was microfracture surgery, where tiny fractures are made in the bone, promoting the development of new cartilage.

Initially, it was anticipated that arthroscopic surgery would take care of the knee, but as surgeons commenced the operation, it was evident that more would be needed to repair the cartilage.  The change will make Ziegler's recovery time longer than expected, but he is expected to be ready for spring training next season.

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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