Pirates closer Jason Grilli is not available Thursday against the Brewers.
Grilli has pitched two-consecutive games, and will not be used a third-straight day. Setup man Mark Melancon is in the same situation, so manager Clint Hurdle will have to turn to another pitcher if the team needs to close out the game. Grilli has been fantastic this season, with 16 saves and a 1.02 ERA.
Pirates closer Jason Grilli entered Wednesday's contest against the Brewers in the ninth inning with a two-run lead. The right-hander needed 14 pitches to retire the side in order and secure a 3-1 win. Grilli also struck out one while earning his 16th save.
Pirates closer Jason Grilli's availability is in question for Monday's game against the Brewers.
Grilli quickly put on his street clothes and left the clubhouse in a hurry Monday, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Dejan Kovacevic. Clint Hurdle said there was "nothing [he] could share" about the situation. Hurdle confirmed that Grilli's availability would be in question for Monday's game.
Pirates closer Jason Grilli earned his 15th save with a clean ninth inning Sunday against the Mets.Grilli struck out two. He has 25 Ks and a 1.15 ERA. He needed eight pitches to dispatch the side and continues to dominate in his first full season as closer in Pittsburgh.
“The Grilli master comes into 2013 filling the shoes of Joel Hanrahan who was the best Pirates Closer in quite some time. Grilli has the stuff to be a good close, and the Pirates will give him more than a long leash for the job. He just has to lock it up and a cheap 30 saves will be presented to you.”