Brad Ziegler ready to test surgically-repaired knee in Cactus League debut

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According to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic, Diamondbacks reliever Brad Ziegler has been cleared to make his Cactus League debut on Wednesday.

Ziegler required microfracture surgery on his right knee last September. That’s no picnic, especially for someone who turned 35 in October. However, the sidearmer’s rehab has gone off without a hitch and the Diamondbacks expect him to be ready for the season.

One of the most consistent and durable relievers in the game, Ziegler posted a 3.49 ERA last season to go along with his usual high ground ball rate and has made at least 64 appearances per season dating back to 2009.

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’.