Pirates put closer Grilli on 15-day DL

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ST. LOUIS (AP) – Pirates closer Jason Grilli was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday with a strained left oblique. The move was retroactive to April 21.


The Pirates called up right-hander Jared Hughes before Friday night’s game against St. Louis. Set-up reliever Mark Melancon is expected to move into Grilli’s spot and close.


Grilli, an All-Star last season, has already blown three of seven save chances this season and has a 4.50 ERA.


Melancon has allowed two runs in 11 innings this season. Left-hander Tony Watson could also be used to close.



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