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Career W-L
22-32
 
Career ERA
4.16
Name  Jason Grilli
Born  11/11/1976
Height  6-4
Weight  235
Number  39
Position  RP
Bats  R
Throws  R
6/27/2014 8:44:00 PM
Description: The Pirates have traded right-hander Jason Grilli to Los Angeles for reliever Ernesto Frieri. SOURCE: Bob Nightengale, USA Today
Insight: An All-Star for Pittsburgh in 2013, Grilli has cooled off this year, compiling a 4.87 ERA in 20 1/3 innings pitched. Despite his recent struggles, Grilli could eventually have a chance to pitch the ninth inning for the Angels, especially if current closer Joe Smith begins to falter.
 
Cold6/20/2014 2:12:00 PM
Description: Pirates manager Clint Hurdle will temporarily take Jason Grilli out of the closer's role, according to Tom Singer of mlb.com
Insight: Grilli has allowed six hits (2 HR), walked three and given up four runs in his last 2 2/3 innings. He has a 4.34 ERA and a 17/10 K/BB in 18 2/3 innings this season. Setup man Mark Melancon will close.
 
Cold6/19/2014 6:12:00 PM
Description: Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said he will evaluate the closer situation when asked about Jason Grilli's status, according to Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Insight: Grilli has allowed six hits (2 HR), walked three and given up four runs in his last 2 2/3 innings. He has a 4.34 ERA and a 17/10 K/BB in 18 2/3 innings this season, while Mark Melancon has a sub-two ERA for the second straight season to go with a microscopic 0.78 WHIP.
 
5/23/2014 4:12:00 PM
Description: Pirates closer Jason Grilli has been activated for Friday's game against Washington.
Insight: Grilli needed a month to recover from a strained oblique. Mark Melancon has been outstanding in his place but Grilli (0-1, 4.50 ERA) is fully expected to reclaim his role as closer.
 
5/20/2014 7:55:00 PM
Description: Pirates closer Jason Grilli (strained oblique) will be activated if he avoids a setback during his simulated game Wednesday, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Insight: Grilli threw a simulated game Tuesday and the Pirates want to test him on back-to-back days. He's been out since April 21. Mark Melancon has been outstanding in his place, but Grilli should reassume the closer role.
 
5/14/2014 8:43:00 PM
Description: Pirates closer Jason Grilli (strained oblique) threw 24 pitches in a simulated game on Wednesday without issue, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Insight: Manager Clint Hurdle said he hasn't discussed Grilli's next step with pitching coach Ray Searage and GM Neal Huntington yet, but we assume he'll go on a short rehab assignment soon. He should take over the closer role when he returns even though Mark Melancon has been outstanding (1.50 ERA, 0.78 WHIP) in his place.
 
5/11/2014 3:52:00 PM
Description: Pirates closer Jason Grilli (strained oblique) will throw a bullpen session today, according to Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Insight: It's his first time off a mound since the injury three weeks ago. Mark Melancon has been serving as the Pirates' closer while Grilli is out.
 
4/25/2014 8:37:00 PM
Description: Updating an earlier report, the Pirates will place Jason Grilli (strained oblique) on the disabled list Saturday, according to Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Insight: The Pirates announced that they had placed Grilli on the DL, retroactive to April 21, and called up Jared Hughes from the minors, but that was against MLB rules because Hughes pitched in the majors after April 21. Mark Melancon will serve as the Pirates' closer while Grilli is out.
 
4/25/2014 6:49:00 PM
Description: The Pirates have placed Jason Grilli on the 15-day disabled list with a left oblique strain.
Insight: Grilli last pitched on April 20. Mark Melancon (1.64 ERA) will take over as Pittsburgh's closer and should be added in all leagues in case Grilli is out longer than two weeks.
 
9/21/2013 6:44:00 PM
Description: Pirates closer Jason Grilli will return to the closer role Saturday, according to Jon Morosi of FOXSports.com.
Insight: Grilli missed six weeks with a strained forearm and has allowed four runs on eight hits in five innings since returning. After Mark Melancon blew his second straight save chance Friday, the Pirates will go back to Grilli, who has 30 saves and a 2.85 ERA this year.
 
9/3/2013 6:00:00 PM
Description: Pirates closer Jason Grilli (forearm) will return to Pittsburgh's bullpen Tuesday night.
Insight: Grilli has been out for six weeks with a strained right forearm. He had 30 saves and a 2.34 ERA before his injury and will likely reclaim the closer job from Mark Melancon. However, that's not guaranteed so Melancon owners should hold onto him.
 
8/30/2013 4:58:00 PM
Description: Pirates closer Jason Grilli (flexor strain in his right forearm) will start a minor league rehab assignment Saturday with Double-A Altoona, according to Tom Singer of MLB.com.
Insight: Grilli will throw one inning Saturday and another one Monday before making another appearance with Triple-A Indianapolis. The right-hander should be back in the bullpen by the second week of September.
 
8/14/2013 3:48:00 PM
Description: Pirates closer Jason Grilli (flexor strain in his right forearm), played catch and felt good, according to Tom Singer of MLB.com.
Insight: The right-hander was expected to rest for 4-8 weeks, but we're three weeks since he last pitched (July 22). He's still not expected to return until September.
 
7/26/2013 3:35:00 PM
Description: According to Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pirates closer Jason Grilli has been diagnosed with a flexor strain in his right forearm.
Insight: Grilli was examined by Dr. James Andrews in addition to team doctors. The right-hander won't have surgery, but will need to rest for 4-8 weeks. He'll be reevaluated in about two weeks and the team should be able to provide a more precise timetable then. Mark Melancon will hold onto the closer role while Grilli is out and should be added in all leagues.
 
7/23/2013 7:29:00 PM
Description: According to Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Pirates closer Jason Grilli (forearm) did not feel a pop in his elbow at any point Monday.
Insight: Grilli had general soreness in his forearm all inning that peaked with his last pitch, so he's still not out of the woods yet, but it's good news that he didn't feel a pop. Mark Melancon should be added in all fantasy leagues, as he'll close while Grilli is out.
 
7/23/2013 4:32:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh closer Jason Grilli has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right forearm injury.
Insight: He is headed back to Pittsburgh for more tests. Mark Melancon should take over the closing role until Grilli returns. It's a huge blow for fantasy owners as Grilli and his 30 saves have been one of the best closers in the league this season.
 
7/22/2013 10:43:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh closer Jason Grilli was removed from Monday night's game against the Nationals after hurting his right arm. SOURCE: Jesse Spector, Sporting News
Insight: Vin Mazzaro came in and got his first save of the season. If the injury turns out to be serious, Mark Melancon would be next up to close. Melancon was unavailable for tonight's game because he pitched on Saturday and Sunday.
 
5/21/2013 10:31:00 PM
Description: Pirates closer Jason Grilli needed 35 pitches to get his 18th save of the season Tuesday against the Cubs.
Insight: Grilli allowed two hits, walked one and gave up a run but struck out Anthony Rizzo with two men on to preserve the win. He likely won't be available for a day or two.
 
5/14/2013 2:33:00 PM
Description: Pirates reliever Jason Grilli might not be available for Tuesday game, according to manager Clint Hurdle. He is reportedly attending to a personal matter.
Insight: Grilli has been a fantasy stud with a league-leading 15 saves in 15 chances. Mark Melancon would likely get the save opportunity if Grilli is unavailable to close.
 
12/26/2012 4:05:00 PM
Description: Pirates reliever Jason Grilli has been promoted to the closer's position now that Joel Hanrahan has been traded to Boston.
Insight: Grilli has been a strikeout machine, producing 127 whiffs over 91 1/3 innings since the start of the 2011 season. The Pirates were much improved this past season, so Grilli should have plenty of opportunities to close out games. He's no Mariano Rivera but Grilli will definitely be worth at least a late-round look in most fantasy leagues.
 

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