Jason Grilli Injury: Updates on Pirates Pitcher's Forearm
Pittsburgh Pirates closer Jason Grilli left Monday's game with an apparent right arm injury. Grilli lasted 0.2 innings, allowing two hits, one walk and two earned runs, marking the first runs he's allowed in five appearances.
He was activated on Tuesday, Sept. 3.
UPDATE: Tuesday, Sept. 3
From Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
Jason Grilli has been activated for tonight's game. He was scheduled to throw an inning for Indy on Wednesday— Travis Sawchik (@Sawchik_Trib) September 3, 2013
UPDATE: Monday, Sept. 2
Travis Sawchik of TribLive.com has an update from Pirates manager on Jason Grilli's role with the team when he returns from injury:
Asked if Grilli would immediately reclaim the closer role, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle declined to comment Monday.
“We'll talk about that when he gets back,” Hurdle said. “We're in a lot of different discussions now.”
UPDATE: Wednesday, Aug. 21
From Pittsburgh Tribune Review reporter Travis Sawchik:
Jason Grilli is set to throw a bullpen later this week, possibly Thursday. Hurdle said he is progressing well— Travis Sawchik (@Sawchik_Trib) August 21, 2013
UPDATE: Monday, July 29, by Tom Kinslow
Michael Sanserino of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has an update from Jason Grilli on his status and possible return.
#Pirates closer Jason Grilli: I'm going to be ready before the season's out. You can mark my words on that.— Michael Sanserino (@msanserino) July 29, 2013
UPDATE: Friday, July 26, by Ian Hanford
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reporter Bill Brink supplies words from Clint Hurdle regarding Grilli:
Hurdle on Grilli diagnosis: "About as good as we could hope for. ... I’m happy for him, I’m happy for us."— Bill Brink (@BrinkPG) July 26, 2013
UPDATE: Friday, July 26, by Sam Westmoreland
The Pirates' Twitter feed has more information on Grilli's injury, while Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette provides a timetable for the reliever's return.
Update: #Pirates RHP Jason Grilli was seen by team doctors as well as Dr. James Andrews & is diagnosed with a flexor strain in his right arm— Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) July 26, 2013
Jason will be re-evaluated in the next 10-14 days & an estimated return date will be better clarified after a reevaluation exam. #Pirates— Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) July 26, 2013
Grilli will be re-evaluated in the next 10-14 days. Return date unclear, but four to eight weeks is typical timetable.— Bill Brink (@BrinkPG) July 26, 2013
According to Buster Olney of ESPN, Grilli was experiencing right forearm discomfort.
From the Pirates: Jason Grilli came out of tonight's game with right forearm discomfort.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 23, 2013
The Pirates are desperately hoping that the injury is not severe.
Grilli, 36, is fresh off of making his first career All-Star Game appearance. He's converted a National League best 30 saves in 31 appearances with an ERA of 2.34 and a WHIP of 0.92.
Grilli is also third amongst all closers with 66 strikeouts.
This marks the third consecutive season in which Grilli has put together a marvelous season in Pittsburgh. As a full-time closer for the first time in his career, he's pulling an R.A. Dickey by dominating the league with deceiving pitches.
If he's injured, however, there is legitimate reason for concern in Pittsburgh.
If the Pirates, 58-39, were to lose Grilli for an extended period of time, it would be a serious blow to their postseason dreams. As a team that has consistently dominated the first half of the season and disappeared down the final stretch, his absence would create an all too familiar sentiment in Pittsburgh.
One of paralyzing uncertainty.
Fortunately, all signs point towards the Pirates faring better than they have in recent seasons. In order to truly maintain this success, though, Pittsburgh will need Grilli to make a full recovery from what appears to be a minor injury.
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