The Pirates have been without All-Star closer Jason Grilli since late July because of a right forearm strain but he recently started pitching in minor league rehab games and is moving closer to rejoining the team. When he does return he may do so in a role other than closer. “We'll talk about that when he gets back” said manager Clint Hurdle to Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh-Tribune Review. “We're in a lot of different discussions now.” Mark Melancon stepped in as closer when Grilli got hurt and has since gone 8-for-9 in save chances while allowing just two earned runs and 19 base-runners in 23 innings (0.78 ERA and 0.83 WHIP). The idea would be to ease Grilli back into things before giving him back the ninth inning.
Jason Grilli may not return to the Pirates as closer
CBS Sports | Sep 2