Jason Grilli RP ATL 2 days ago

Grilli gave up a home run to Alex Guerrero on Wednesday but escaped with his 14th save of the season.

While Grilli has a less than stellar 4.41 ERA and 1.41 WHIP in 17 appearances this season, he's given up multiple runs just once and is 14-for-15 in save opportunities. Jim Johnson has been very good in a setup role (2.42 ERA, 1.12 WHIP) and has picked up a couple of saves, he does not appear to be a serious threat to Grilli's closer job at this point.

Jason Grilli RP ATL 1 week ago

Grilli gave up a hit and no runs while striking out one Wednesday against the Rays to pick up his 12th save of the season.

Despite having a 4.73 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP, Grilli is now 12 of 13 in save opportunities. Wednesday's outing was Grilli's first in four days after having given up runs in four of his past six outings.

Jason Grilli RP ATL 2 weeks ago

Grilli gave up one run on two hits Saturday, but got Giancarlo Stanton to fly out with a runner on base to preserve a 5-3 Braves win and pick up his 11th save of the season.

Pitching on back-to-back days, Grilli scuffled but was still able to get the job done. He's been scored on in four of his last six appearances, however, and while his recent back spasms bear some of the blame, a 5.11 ERA isn't going to keep him in the closer role much longer if he doesn't start bringing it down.

Jason Grilli RP ATL 2 weeks ago

Grilli logged his tenth save of the season, allowing just a walk in a scoreless ninth inning as the Braves defeated Miami 5-3 Friday night.

Grilli suffered some back spasms a few days ago, and had a couple of shaky outings after returning to his bullpen duties. He followed Jim Johnson to the hill after Johnson twirled a scoreless eighth inning in this one, and appears to be secure in his closer's role.

Jason Grilli RP ATL 2 weeks ago

Grilli (back) took the loss Tuesday, giving up one earned run on two hits with one strikeout in the bottom of the ninth inning against the Reds.

This was Grilli's first appearance in six days after being sidelined by a sore back. He came in during a tie game and gave up a one-out single to Brayan Pena and then Devin Mesoraco hit a game-winning pinch-hit double. While it was tough to see him surrender runs Tuesday, it was nice to see that he was healthy enough to pitch. He should continue to operate as the Braves' closer going forward.

Jason Grilli RP ATL 3 weeks ago

Grilli (back) will let manager Fredi Gonzalez know prior to Tuesday's game whether he's ready to pitch, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Gonzalez wants a definitive "yes" from Grilli, something he evidently didn't receive from his closer prior to Monday's game. The skipper will continue to leave it in Grilli's hands, and if there's any trepidation, Jim Johnson could get the call in a save situation yet again.

Jason Grilli RP ATL 3 weeks ago

Grilli (back) was given one more day of rest against the Reds on Monday by manager Fredi Gonzalez, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.

Grilli was originally listed as available by Gonzalez for Monday's game but the manager decided to err on the side of caution to prevent further injury. The reliever will likely be available out of the bullpen Tuesday, although Gonzalez will dictate whether or not that actually means he takes the mound. Either way, it doesn't seem that Grilli's back spasms will affect his long-term viability.

Jason Grilli RP ATL 3 weeks ago

Grilli (back) will be available out of the bullpen Monday night, MLB.com's Mark Bowman reports.

Grilli was unable to pitch the last couple days due to a sore back, but he is feeling better, and will be available in a save situation if needed Monday night against the Reds. Grilli has nine saves on the season, but he has recorded just two since Apr. 25.

Jason Grilli RP ATL 3 weeks ago

Grilli had back spasms and was unavailable to pitch in the weekend series against the Nationals, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.

Consider Grilli day-to-day until further notice. Should he miss any more time, Jim Johnson would likely close in his place.

Jason Grilli RP ATL 3 weeks ago

Grilli (undisclosed) was unavailable for Saturday's game, according to manager Fredi Gonzalez, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's David O'Brien reports.

Gonzalez would not elaborate about why Grilli was unavailable in a game where Bryce Harper hit a walk-off homer in the ninth inning off Cody Martin. However, he did say he was hopeful it was just a one day thing. Consider Grilli day-to-day for now.