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.