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Jason Grilli Inserted Back into Pittsburgh Pirates’ Closer Role

May 30th, 2014 at 4:21 PM
By Allan Smith

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Jason Grilli was officially reinstated as the closer prior to Thursday's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers and recorded his second save since being activated from the disabled list later that night, allowing a hit and notching a strikeout in the process.

Mark Melancon, the acting closer in Grilli's absence, was moved back into the eighth inning role, and other relievers, such as Tony Watson, Bryan Morris and Justin Wilson were bumped back into the earlier innings.

"He's ready to go and everyone will move up accordingly," Hurdle said. "The biggest challenge will be to help Jason with his health — this being his second injury."

Grilli missed roughly a month with a strained left oblique after missing two months of the second half of the 2013 season with a right forearm strain. Melancon was effective in his limited time as the closer, converting 10 of 12 save opportunities while Grilli was on the DL. Melancon should see occasional save opportunities, as the Pirates want to limit the amount of back-to-back appearances Grilli makes.

"We'll keep an eye on his pitches, and get together on what is a serviceable number for him to come back the next day," Hurdle said.

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