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.
Sat, 14 Sep 2013 17:21:00 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said he still wants RP Jason Grilli to close despite his bad outing Friday, Sept. 13. Grilli has dealt with a decline in velocity, but Hurdle said Grilli is working on building his strength.
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.
Sun, 01 Sep 2013 12:39:41 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates RP Jason Grilli (forearm) allowed one hit in one scoreless inning in a rehab outing for Double-A Altoona Saturday, Aug. 31, while throwing 13 pitches. He will make another appearance Monday, Sept. 2.
Fri, 30 Aug 2013 16:29:52 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates RP Jason Grilli (forearm) will begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Altoona Saturday, Aug. 31. He is expected to make two appearances with Altoona and one for Triple-A Indianapolis.
Wed, 28 Aug 2013 14:14:38 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates RP Jason Grilli (forearm) threw 25 pitches during a simulated game Wednesday, Aug. 28. He will start a rehab assignment with Double-A Altoona Saturday, Aug. 30, if he does not have any setbacks.
Fri, 23 Aug 2013 20:18:46 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates RP Jason Grilli (forearm) will throw another bullpen session Sunday, Aug. 25. If all goes well, the next step in his rehab will be a 25-pitch simulated game Wednesday, Aug. 28.