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Pirates closer Grilli has strained right arm

Published July 27, 2013 8:07 am

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Miami • Jason Grilli's arm injury was diagnosed as a flexor strain, and there's a chance the Pittsburgh Pirates' All-Star closer will pitch again this season.

Dr. James Andrews ruled out surgery and said the 36-year-old Grilli should rest his arm for 10 to 14 days. A pitcher with such an injury typically is sidelined four to eight weeks, Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said.

The regular season ends in nine weeks, and the Pirates are in playoff contention.

Manager Clint Hurdle was pleased to learn about Grilli's prognosis.

"About as good as we could hope for," Hurdle said Friday before his team began a weekend series in Miami. "I'm happy for him, I'm happy for us. There's a chance we can get him back still with a lot of games left on the docket."

Grilli, who was tied for the National League lead with 30 saves, hurt his arm Monday against the Washington Nationals. Mark Melancon will continue to fill in for Grilli as the closer, and Hurdle said he probably won't designate a specific reliever for the seventh or eighth innings.