Ziegler survives shot to the ribs

Brad Ziegler is unable to make a play on the ball after being hit in the chest with a drive off the bat of the the Detroit Tigers' J.D. Martinez.


PHOENIX — It hurt to walk, but Brad Ziegler could laugh about the line drive that hit him squarely in the rib cage Tuesday.

"It’s like getting punched really hard in the chest," Ziegler said after the D-backs’ 5-4 victory over Detroit at Chase Field.

"Walking, I feel it. The jarring makes everything kind of vibrate in the area. It makes it tender. Talking, laughing … everybody has been giving me a hard time about it, so laughing hasn’t been a problem."

Ziegler did not have time to get his glove or arms in front of J.D. Martinez’s line drive that struck him in the chest with one out in the eighth inning, turning into an infield single that loaded the bases. He chased the ball toward third base and dropped to one knee while attempting to field it, overcome for a moment.

"I got a couple of steps away and everything just kinda went black," Ziegler said. "I had no concept of where the ball was anymore, so I just went down on my knee to make sure I didn’t trip and fall. It wasn’t like a pass out. It was kind of disoriented for a second. Just a quick shock to my body and adrenaline took over."

Martinez made eye contact with Ziegler, and Ziegler stayed in the game after a warm-up pitch but was removed after Torii Hunter lined a single into center field to give Detroit a 4-3 lead. In obvious pain, Ziegler remained in the dugout until Eury De La Rosa got the final out of the inning before going in for X-rays.

"J.D. looked over at me from first base and wanted to make sure I was OK," Ziegler said. "I tried to give him  a little nod of the head without losing focus on what I was supposed to do, but I appreciated him looking over and just making sure. 

"For that split second, everything is kind of scary, because you don’t know what will happen."

Ziegler plans to take treatment overnight, and with an off day Thursday it is likely manager Kirk Gibson will try to stay away from him Wednesday. Ziegler leads the majors with 52 appearances.

Ender Inciarte was taking no chances this time. After being picked off first base when he lost track of the count in the seventh inning Monday, Inciarte checked once, twice, three times before heading to second base after David Peralta walked on a 3-2 pitch.

40 — Hits by David Peralta in his first 40 games, tying a franchise game record set by Stephen Drew in 2006

*Bronson Arroyo was told his Tommy John surgery last week went fine, but he took a pragmatic approach. "You never know until you have to get somebody out," he said. In addition to the ligament replacement, Arroyo also had ulnar nerve transposition surgery, where the nerve — the funny bone nerve — is moved to a position where it does not affect the throwing motion.

*David Peralta’s two triples tied a franchise game record, last done by, yes, Miguel  Montero on Sept. 26, 2010, against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Conor Jackson, Robby Hammock and Tony Womack (twice) also did it.

*Oliver Perez is quietly putting together a stellar season. He has been scored upon once in his 24 outings since May 4. Contenders are looking at left-handers this season, but it will be tough to pry away Perez, who is in the first year of a two-year, $4.25 million deal.

*The D-backs are two-thousandths of a percentage point ahead of San Diego for third place in the NL West after their win and a Padres loss Tuesday. Because their early start Down Under, the D-backs, until June 28, were in fourth place once, on April 1.

Cody Ross was placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with a strained left calf that goes all the way back to a broken leg he suffered while playing football as a 13-year old. Ross suffered a broken left leg when he was struck by a helmet while attempting to dive for extra yardage on a kickoff return, and the fracture did not heal properly.

"My fibula isn’t completely together," Ross said. "It is kind of off-set a little bit. That’s right where I keep redoing it. The doctor kind of thinks that might be an issue." It is the same injury he suffered in spring training last year. He is hitting .358 in his last 25 games while being used as a pinch-hitter and in spot outfield duty.