The Pittsburgh Pirates have activated closer Jason Grilli from the disabled list and catcher Tony Sanchez has been optioned to Indianapolis. This move was expected to happen today and with Russell Martin coming off the disabled list yesterday, Sanchez will return to AAA to play everyday. Martin had to serve a one game suspension before he could return to action.
Grilli has been on the disabled since April 26th with a left oblique strain. He last pitched on April 20th, when he picked up his third blown save in a 3-2 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers. On the year, he has pitched eight times, collecting four saves and posting a 4.50 ERA in eight innings.