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Grilli Placed on DL, Inge Designated for Assignment, Walker and Black Join Pirates

Grilli Placed on DL, Inge Designated for Assignment, Walker and Black Join Pirates

Jason Grilli is out for at least two weeks with a right forearm strain. (Photo by: David Hague)

The Pirates placed closer Jason Grilli on the 15-day disabled list after he left Monday's game from suffering a right forearm strain. The team recalled Neil Walker (right side soreness) from the DL on Tuesday to start at second base.

Brandon Inge was designated for assignment Tuesday. The veteran infielder did not produce for the Pirates after joining the team this offseason, posting only a .204 on-base percentage and .442 OPS, the worst total for any Pittsburgh player in five years. Inge being DFA means he is off both the active and 40-man roster, but the Pirates still retain his rights until he is traded or claimed off waivers. It appears Inge's reputation as a clubhouse leader was not enough to overcome his poor play and keep a roster spot.

Right-handed pitcher Vic Black (uniform No. 68) will join the Pirates to keep the team at seven relievers in the bullpen. The 49th overall dr...

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