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Grilli Having an Unexpected Breakout Season

Grilli Having an Unexpected Breakout Season

Grilli has been the eighth inning guy for the Bucs this season.

When the Pittsburgh Pirates signed right-hander Jason Grilli as a free agent on July 21 of last season, the club figured they had nothing to lose. They were near the top of the National League Central and wanted to add a veteran arm into the bullpen, and Grilli was pitching lights out at Triple-A Leigh Vallley (Phillies).

What many didn't expect was to see the veteran have a break out season at 35-years-old.

"That’s why sometimes you throw the statistical analysis out the window," Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle said.

"I wanted everyone else to take a look at him. I knew what I knew. That he was a grinder. This guy has been a baseball rat all his life. He was a number one pick. He’s been through adversity. He’s dealt with injury. He’s gone through the gambit as far as what baseball can throw your way, figure it out, try and handle it and get better from it."

"We figured we had nothing to lose. And he wanted to ...

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