Found September 04, 2013 on MLB Injury News:
The Pittsburgh Pirates activated Jason Grilli yesterday prior to their game with the Milwaukee Brewers.  While Grilli was available to pitch, manager Clint Hurdle decided to stick with Mark Melancon as the closer for last night's game.  Grilli did not pitch. Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review says Grilli was scheduled to throw an inning of relief for the Pirates' Triple-A affiliate on Wednesday in his final rehab appearance.  However, the Pirates called him back early, so he will likely throw tonight.  With rosters expanded to 40, the Pirates do not need to be as careful with taking up a spot for an extra day.  Therefore, Grilli was activated and available if necessary for lat night's game. Grilli had been on the DL since late July.  He had been battling a forearm strain.  Fortunately, the injury was not as severe as initially thought, and Grilli has been able to return rather quickly.  With the Pirates currently in sole possession of first place in the National League Central, every piece of the roster becomes important.  Having Grilli back in the bullpen will be a huge boost. Prior to his DL stint, Grilli notched 30 saves and posted a 2.34 ERA.  It's unclear if he will resume closing duties or if Melancon will keep that designation.  Regardless of how the Pirates use Grilli, he will be an important part of any success the team has down the stretch. Follow @mlbinjurynews Looking for fantasy baseball advice?
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