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Pirates place closer Jason Grilli on the disabled list

Jul 23, 2013, 4:10 PM EDT

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Jason Grilli‘s transformation from journeyman middle reliever to stud closer will be put on hold for at least two weeks, as the Pirates placed him on the disabled list with a strained forearm.

Grilli left last night’s game in the ninth inning accompanied by a trainer and in obvious pain, and he’s apparently on his way to Pittsburgh to be examined further.

Grilli made his first All-Star team at age 36 and has saved a league-leading 30 games with a 2.34 ERA and 66 strikeouts in 42 innings after coming into the season with five career saves. Mark Melancon, who also made his first All-Star team in a setup role, will take over ninth-inning duties.

  1. nderdog - Jul 23, 2013 at 4:28 PM

    Rough luck, but hope Grilli can make a relatively quick recovery. It’s going to be a bummer to lose Mark and Cheese time for a while, but Melancon should do passably in the mean time. I am curious who will take over 8th inning duties until then. Mazzarro is great, but he can also eat some innings, and I’d hate to lose that. Wilson and Watson don’t really seem like good setup men either. We’ll see, but hopefully we won’t miss too many chances to Raise The Jolly Roger while Grilli recovers.

  2. Stiller43 - Jul 23, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    He hasnt been AS dominant as he was early on…hopefully he recovers and can get some much needed rest before the stretch run…

    (Btw goin to the bucs-nats game tonight! Makin the trek up from northern va…where i call home…Lets go buccos!)

  3. steelers88 - Jul 23, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    Not to worried the Pirates pitching depth is extremely deep. I’m confident that Melancon can close it and I’m confident that Wilson and Watson can share the duties in 8th inning.

    • nderdog - Jul 23, 2013 at 5:20 PM

      They definitely are deep, but the Shark Tank does get more work than I’d be comfortable with, and it’s been a problem in the past when they’ve been overworked. The starters now more than ever need to stick around through the 6th and even 7th innings to help carry the load.

  4. yougotgirouxed - Jul 23, 2013 at 4:55 PM

    Penguins suck

  5. randall351 - Jul 23, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    The Royals need to get the Pirates on the horn and see what they would give for Greg Holland. He’s been arguably the best reliever or closer this season. Perhaps a little desperation will add to his value and he’s a lot younger than Grilli.
    The Royals need a dominant closer like I need a 3 assed monkey.
    But of course doing something that makes baseball sense which is alien to Dayton Moore.
    A man can dream though.

  6. noslenisnelson - Jul 23, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    Reblogged this on Chatting with Nelson .

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