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Pittsburgh Pirates: Jason Grilli out as closer

Jason Grilli Jason Grilli was a major contributor to the Pittsburgh Pirates success last season, but he is off to a rough start this year. On Friday manager Clint Hurdle announced that Mark Melancon would take over Grilli’s role as a closer. The 37-year-old has blown four save opportunities this year. On Thursday afternoon Grilli served up a solo home run to Devin Mesoraco to blow...
June 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Jason Grilli raises awareness for National Grilled Cheese month

Chicago White Sox fans remember Jason Grilli? No? Well that’s understandable as he started eight games for the Sox and had a miserable 7.40 ERA on the southside in 2004. It took 13 seasons, but Grilli has found himself in the Major Leagues last season. He was the closer, 33 saves on a Pittsburgh Pirates team that went to the postseason for the first time in 20+ years. Jason Grilli...
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April 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Jason Grilli holds autograph session following minor league rehab appearance (pics)

On Monday, Pittsburgh Pirates closer Jason Grilli made a rehab appearance for the team’s Double-A outfit, the Altoona Curve. Grilli, on the disabled list since suffering a right forearm injury all the way back on July 22, reportedly is nearing a return to the big league ball club. Exactly what role Grilli will fill […]The post Jason Grilli holds autograph session following minor...
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September 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Jason Grilli Strikes Out Three in Rehab, Then Signs Autographs For an Hour

Jason Grilli struck out three in his second rehab appearance. (Photo Credit: David Hague) Jason Grilli made his second Curve start in three days and was very effective. The Pirates closer threw 14 of his 17 pitches for strikes, striking out three. Adam Abraham struck out swinging on an outside slider that allowed him to reach first base. Grilli fell behind Abraham 2-0 but quickly...
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September 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Afternoon Notes: Jason Grilli update, Giancarlo Stanton news (sort of)

The Pittsburgh Pirates released a statement today regarding injured closer Jason Grilli, who met today with team doctors and Dr. James Andrews. Grilli was diagnosed with a flexor strain in his right arm, and is not a surgical candidate. Jason Grilli met with team doctors and Dr. James Andrews today to further evaluate his forearm strain While not perceived to need surgery at the...
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July 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates will be just fine without Jason Grilli

The Pittsburgh Pirates placed All Star closer Jason Grilli on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right forearm on Tuesday. It did not affect them in their contest against the Washington Nationals, in which they prevailed 5-1. Jason Grilli (Photo Credit: AP Photo/Gene Puskar) The 36-year-old is in his first season as a closer and he is blossoming but good. So far this season...
July 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Jason Grilli Exits Game With Apparent Injury

Jason Grilli left tonight’s game with an apparent injury. (Photo Credit: David Hague) Jason Grilli left tonight’s game in the ninth inning with two outs. Grilli threw a fastball to get a first pitch strike, then walked off the mound and called the trainers out. Grilli was getting hit around earlier in the inning, and his fastball was flat. He appeared to be grimacing after a...
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July 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Can Closer Jason Grilli Break The Single Season Saves Record?

Through the first week of June, the list of the saves leaders throughout baseball for the year is compiled of the usual suspects. Mariano Rivera, the all-time saves leader, is up there in what will be his final season, Jim Johnson is nearing the top spot that he secured last year with 51 saves, and players like Joe Nathan, Craig Kimbrel, Sergio Romo, and Aroldis Chapman are...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
June 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Pirates closer refers to bullpen as a ‘Shark Tank,’ so team gets a shark tank (video)

Earlier in May, Pittsburgh Pirates closer Jason Grilli bestowed a clever moniker upon the entire bullpen. Not worrying about sharing the same name as a lame reality show, according to an report, Grilli said “We’re the Shark Tank,” adding, “We’ve got a lot of sharks out in that bullpen. When we smell blood, [...]The post Pirates closer refers to bullpen as a ‘Shark...
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May 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Jason Grilli Could Sign With Someone Today

You could either file that headline under “Pointing Out the Obvious Possibilities” or “Most Vague News Ever”. In this case it’s more of the latter. Jason Grilli tweeted the following early this morning. Early trip to Nashville. Long journey to get to this point but this is what I worked for. Will be a full day. #pumped — Jason Grilli (@GrillCheese49) December 5, 2012...
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December 05, 2012  |  Discuss
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