Skip to content

Pirates closer Jason Grilli deems himself “ready” to return

May 14, 2014, 9:30 PM EST

Pittsburgh Pirates v Chicago Cubs Pittsburgh Pirates v Chicago Cubs

Pirates closer Jason Grilli has been on the disabled list since April 21 with a strained oblique, but the right-hander deemed himself “ready” to return after throwing 24 pitches in a simulated game on Wednesday afternoon, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Travis Sawchik reports.

Grilli, of course, won’t just be activated like that; he’ll have to make a handful of rehab appearances, but if he doesn’t suffer any setbacks, he could rejoin his teammates before the month of May expires.

Grilli blew two consecutive saves against the Brewers — both due to Ryan Braun homering — before the Pirates shut him down. In his absence, Mark Melancon has been handling closing duties and has done a great job, notching four of five saves with a 1.13 ERA and a 5/0 K/BB ratio in eight innings in his new role.

It’s unclear if the Pirates plan to reinsert Grilli into his previous role or wean him back into closing.

  1. apkyletexas - May 15, 2014 at 9:29 AM

    Might be time for Grilli to just be a regular reliever for awhile. Melancon is doing better than Grilli has since last August.

  2. musketmaniac - May 15, 2014 at 5:30 PM

    and than the bottom fell out. He looked bad today.

Leave Comment

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

Featured video

Cubs shore up rotation with Jon Lester
Top 10 MLB Player Searches
  1. M. Cabrera (4639)
  2. W. Miley (3506)
  3. M. Kemp (3455)
  4. C. Headley (2771)
  5. W. Myers (2748)
  1. J. Lester (2713)
  2. E. Santana (2679)
  3. Y. Cespedes (2646)
  4. M. Scherzer (2581)
  5. I. Desmond (2416)