Jason Grilli Activated From DL, Tony Sanchez Optioned to Indianapolis

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.

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  • Monsoon Harvard

    Tony Watson is the rare lefty who gets right handed hitters out more frequently than left handed hitters (though right handers will hit more home runs off him). Right handers are hitting .202 against Watson, while left handers are hitting .226 vs. Watson.

    I wonder if Hurdle would consider closing with Watson once in a while.

    With Grilli & Melancon both blowing saves at such a high frequency this season, it seems like a necessary consideration.

    Lefties rarely are closers, I know. But there have been a few good ones over the years (John Franco, Billy Wagner, Dave Righetti, Randy Myers). Chuck Tanner’s Pirates used to use Grant Jackson to close from the left side, alternating with Kent Tekulve from the right.

    • emjayinTN

      I have wondered why we have a guy go through the 8th throwing very few pitches, and then call in a Closer for the 9th. Why not stay with the guy for the first out or two in the 9th, or let him go all three outs if he can?

      • emjayinTN

        Meant to ask if anyone else is wondering what has happened to the Morton 2 seamer that used to have some arm side run and a lot of sink? Throwing it with too much velocity at 93? He is struggling with his command, but getting plays when needed. I hope he can get through 6 with a shutout.

  • bucsws2014

    Grilli wasn’t his best, but his curve was working and he made Werth look like a chump. Glad to see him notch a save, even a nailbiting one.

    Congrats to Charlie on win #1. Not much was working and his GB% wasn’t his usual, but he didn’t surrender the big inning. And NO ERRORS behind him this time.