Jason Grilli Exits Game With Right Forearm Discomfort

Jason Grilli left tonight's game with an apparent injury. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

Jason Grilli left tonight’s game with an apparent injury. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

Jason Grilli left tonight’s game in the ninth inning with two outs. Grilli threw a fastball to get a first pitch strike, then walked off the mound and called the trainers out. Grilli was getting hit around earlier in the inning, and his fastball was flat. He appeared to be grimacing after a few of the pitches. No word yet on what the injury is, or if there’s even an injury. Vin Mazzaro came on to close out the game with a groundout, giving the Pirates a 6-5 victory.

If Grilli goes down, Mark Melancon would be the obvious choice as the new closer. Justin Wilson would be a good choice for the 8th inning man, although it’s possible the Pirates wouldn’t want to use a lefty in that role.

Jared Hughes is currently rehabbing in Indianapolis, and threw a shutout inning tonight. By all of the reports I’ve received, Hughes has looked filthy with a great sinker in his rehab work. I wouldn’t be surprised if he comes up to take Grilli’s roster spot.

I’ll update this as more information comes out.

UPDATE 10:54 PM: Grilli has right forearm discomfort.

It’s never good to hear about forearm discomfort with a pitcher. We’ll have to wait until tomorrow to see what the evaluation is.

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  • BuccosFanStuckinMD

    Too bad for Grilli – hope it is nothing serious or long term. Maybe he just needs 2-3 weeks of rest.

    Hughes doesn’t excite me as a replacement – how about Victor Black??

    • BostonsCommon

      Really disappointing for Grilli, just right in the middle of a magical season for him. You always want to hope for the best, but that looked about as bad as it could, especially with Greg Brown pointing out every detail.

      Vic black will not be called up and installed as the 8th inning man. That role will go to someone Hurdle is already comfortable with and trusts, likely someone in the roster. I think Wilson and is 100 mph heater should get first crack. Don’t rule out Mazarro either. Hurdle loves vets and he’s got over 330 innings… More than Morris, Wilson, and Watson combined.

      That said, I’d like to see Black get called up and get a chance, it’s just not going to be in the 8th.

    • ThisIsTheYear

      It looks to me like Clint Hurdle likes Tony Watson in late inning situations. more so than Wilson.

  • CalipariFan506

    I’d assume Hughes as well. Then Welker. Hurdle does not like to use new relief pitchers at all.

  • https://profiles.google.com/116899082423235635777 Monsoon Harvard

    People are getting too excited too quickly about Grilli’s forearm discomfort.
    Geez the radio guy after the game is already speculating career ending injury, for cryin’ out loud!

    Seems like Grilli grimaced throughout the inning, I’m just guessing maybe he has a pulled muscle or something. His forearm takes a lot of heat all year from throwing those strikeout pitches. It doesnt mean his arm is finished. Geez o man!

  • benh444

    Obviously you don’t take cole out of the rotation now but I wonder if they do make the playoffs if you see him in a David price-esque role if grilli has a serious injury (hopefully not!)

  • dirtydavid4

    If this injury is anything serious the Sports Illustrated jinx lives on

  • Nuke Laloosh

    SI jinx? Scary isn’t it. I like J. Wilson in the closer role if needed, however, that would limit the amount of LH you would have for situations. I am sure Melancon would be given the opportunity to close and Hughes would be back up, which doesn’t excite me either.