Fri, 17 Jan 2014 11:32:11 -0800
The Pittsburgh Pirates avoided arbitration with RP Mark Melancon Friday, Jan. 17, by agreeing to a one-year, $2.595 million deal.
Mon, 23 Sep 2013 09:24:31 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates RP Jason Grilli is back as the full-time closer, according to manager Clint Hurdle. Grilli picked up his first save Saturday, Sept. 21, since a save July 21.
Fantasy Tip: Feel free to drop Mark Melancon if you have another need on your club in the final week of the season.
Fri, 13 Sep 2013 10:55:28 -0700
Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said RP Jason Grilli will return to the late innings when the team has a lead, meaning Grilli is close to regaining the closer's role from RP Mark Melancon. Grilli will pitch the seventh and eighth innings when the team has a lead, with Melancon remaining in the ninth, for now. Grilli has given up a run in two of his three appearances since coming back from the disabled list, and he's struck out three and walked one in 2 1/3 innings. "I do like the way that Grilli's developing," Hurdle said. "I think he's getting closer." Melancon has a save in each of his last four outings.
Fantasy Tip: Melancon has done a fantastic job filling in in the ninth with Grilli injured, but that time is coming where the Pirates are comfortable giving the closer job back to Grilli. Continue to ride Melancon if you own him.
Fri, 13 Sep 2013 08:36:18 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates RP Jason Grilli will work in middle relief for the time being as he returns from his forearm injury. RP Mark Melancon remains as the team's closer, with RPs Tony Watson and Kyle Farnsworth serving as setup men.
Tue, 03 Sep 2013 16:59:30 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates RP Jason Grilli (forearm) said he doesn't expect to immediately return to the closer's role after being activated from the disabled list Tuesday, Sept. 3. Manager Clint Hurdle said Grilli will make a couple relief appearances in non-save situations before returning to the ninth inning. "Our eyes will tell us what to do with him after that, I believe ... his eyes and our eyes," Hurdle said. "We eventually plan on transitioning him back to the closer role."
Fantasy Tip: Mark Melancon has a little bit more time to accrue saves in the meantime. Hang onto him if you are riding him for saves.
Tue, 03 Sep 2013 13:23:08 -0700
The Pittsburgh Pirates activated RP Jason Grilli (forearm) from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, Sept. 3.
Fantasy Tip: Grilli will immediately return to closing duties, moving Mark Melancon back into a setup role. Melancon could see a few save chances if the Pirates elect to be conservative with Grilli, though.
Fri, 23 Aug 2013 08:22:25 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates RP Jason Grilli (forearm) threw a 25-pitch bullpen session Thursday, Aug. 22, and is scheduled for a side session Sunday, Aug. 25, before embarking on a rehab assignment.
Fantasy Tip: Grilli will return to the closer's role whenever he's ready. Continue to ride Mark Melancon for saves in the meantime.
Fri, 16 Aug 2013 14:34:44 -0700
The Pittsburgh Pirates signed free-agent RP Kyle Farnsworth (Rays) to a minor league deal Friday, Aug. 16, and assigned him to Triple-A Indianapolis.
Fantasy Tip: With Jason Grilli (foreram) sidelined, Mark Melancon has done a nice job filling in as the new closer. Farnsworth could come up to the majors and provide another late-inning setup arm, but don't expect him to see any save chances before Grilli returns.
Wed, 14 Aug 2013 11:04:38 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates RP Jason Grilli (forearm) played catch on Tuesday, Aug. 13, for the second time since landing on the disabled list. He felt good doing so.
Fantasy Tip: Grilli still has a good chance to return sometime in September as long as he avoids major setbacks. Mark Melancon will continue to close until then.
Mon, 29 Jul 2013 13:59:46 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates RP Jason Grilli (forearm) intends to return and pitch again this year, saying he's "going to be ready before the season's out, you can mark my word on that." He will rest for at least another week before starting a throwing program, and there is no timetable for his return. The typical healing period for his injury is one to two months.
Fantasy Tip: With Grilli out, Mark Melancon will fill in as the team's closer. However, there's a chance that Pittsburgh trades for another bullpen arm before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. Stay tuned.