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Pirates activate closer Jason Grilli

Sep 3, 2013, 6:53 PM EDT

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The first-place Pirates are getting a nice boost.

According to beat reporter Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, right-hander Jason Grilli has been activated from the disabled list and will be available to pitch in Tuesday night’s game against the Brewers. Mark Melancon will remain the Bucs’ closer in the immediate future, but Grilli can reclaim that ninth-inning gig if he pitches well enough.

“We’ll use him at least a couple times in non-leverage situations to see how he fares, how he feels,” manager Clint Hurdle said Tuesday. “We eventually plan on transitioning him back to the closer’s role.”

Grilli had a 2.34 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 30 saves in 42 1/3 innings this season before straining his right forearm on a slider in late July. Pittsburgh currently leads St. Louis by one game in the National League Central.

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