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Pirates place closer Jason Grilli on the DL with a strained left oblique [Update: Not yet!]

Apr 25, 2014, 6:55 PM EDT

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Via the official Pirates Twitter, the club has¬†placed closer Jason Grilli on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left oblique. They recalled Jared Hughes to take Grilli’s place on the 25-man roster. The DL stint is retroactive to April 21.

Grilli allowed runs in his two relief appearances prior to the injury, both a result of Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun. In the top of the ninth on April 19, Braun hit a two-run home run off of Grilli to put the Brewers ahead 8-7. On April 20, Braun tied the game in the ninth with a solo home run off of Grilli. The right-hander hadn’t pitched since then.

Mark Melancon is expected to fill in for Grilli in save situations. The 29-year-old right-hander saved 20 games for the Astros in 2011 and 16 games for the Pirates last season.

Update (8:20 PM): Rob Biertempfel has this interesting update:

  1. beermakers - Apr 25, 2014 at 7:44 PM

    I thought it would have been his neck, from snapping his head around to watch Braun’s HRs leave the park.

  2. penguins87and71 - Apr 25, 2014 at 8:00 PM

    Oh kill emm….

  3. musketmaniac - Apr 25, 2014 at 8:09 PM

    Melancin has been our best reliever since last year

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