Diamondbacks reliever Brad Ziegler “ahead of schedule” in recovery from knee surgery

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Brad Ziegler underwent microfracture knee surgery in September after pitching through the injury for most of the season and the Diamondbacks reliever is on track to be recovered at some point in April.

Ziegler, who posted a 3.49 ERA in 67 innings despite the knee problems, told Steve Gilbert of MLB.com:

It’s going well. 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. 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 has been playing catch overhand, but has yet to do any throwing from his submarine delivery to test how his knee holds up. With a 2.56 career ERA, including a sub-3.50 ERA in all seven of his seasons–Ziegler is a big part of Arizona’s bullpen.

Rangers, Padres, White Sox to continue paying minor leaguers

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In March, Major League Baseball agreed to pay minor league players $400 per week while the sport is shut down amid the coronavirus pandemic. That provision is set to expire at the end of May. As Craig noted earlier, the Athletics will not be paying their minor leaguers starting on June 1.

Several teams are doing the right thing, continuing to pay their minor leaguers $400 per week through at least the end of June. Per The Athletic’s Levi Weaver and James Fegan, the Rangers and White Sox will each tack on another month of pay. The Athletic’s Dennis Lin reported earlier that the Padres will pay their players through the end of August. Craig also cited a Baseball America report from this morning, which mentioned that the Marlins will also pay their players through the end of August.

Frankly, if the Marlins can find a way to continue paying their minor league players, then every team should be able to do the same. The Marlins are widely believed to be the least profitable among the 30 major league clubs. Here’s hoping the rest of the league follows the Rangers’, White Sox’s, Padres’, and Marlins’ lead as opposed to the Athletics’.