Jason Grilli RP ATL 2 months ago

Grilli suffered a ruptured left Achilles tendon Saturday and is out for the season, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.

This is devastating news for Grilli, who had been enjoying a strong first season as a member of the Braves with 24 saves in the first half of the season. Grilli suffered the injury going to cover first base on a grounder and collapsed to the ground. He could not put any weight on his left leg and needed to be carted off the field. The Braves have yet to announce Grilli's replacement as the closer, but Jim Johnson could be a candidate given his past experience as a closer.

Jason Grilli RP ATL 2 months ago

Grilli suffered a lower left leg injury Saturday and had to be carted off the field, MLB.com's Mark Bowman reports.

Grilli went down trying to cover first base on a Drew Stubbs and could not put any weight on the leg. The injury was severe enough that he needed to be carted off the field. An update on Grilli's status should be made available later Saturday.

Jason Grilli RP ATL 2 months ago

Grilli struck out the side in a perfect ninth inning against the Brewers on Tuesday to earn his 24th save of the season.

Tuesday marked the second time Grilli has struck out the side in his last three appearances, bringing his strikeout total to 45 in 33.2 innings this season. He has pitched each of the last three days, though, so don't be surprised if manager Fredi Gonzalez turns elsewhere if a save situation arises Wednesday.

Jason Grilli RP ATL 2 months ago

Grilli had two strikeouts in a perfect ninth for his 22nd save Wednesday against the Nationals.

Grilli had given up a run in each of his past two outings, but he was perfect Wednesday. The Braves closer is now 22-for-24 in save opportunities this season, and he'll continue to close games for Atlanta.

Jason Grilli RP ATL 2 months ago

Grilli allowed one run on two hits, walking one and striking out one while recording just the one out in the Braves 4-3 loss to Pittsburgh on Friday night.

Grilli (2-3, 2.93 ERA) came on with the game tied at 3-3 to start the bottom of the tenth. A hit and an intentional walk was followed by a walk-off double off the bat of Jordy Mercer to end it. Grilli has done a respectable job for the Braves as he attempts to replace Craig Kimbrel, so he will likely continue to see the majority of save chances.

Jason Grilli RP ATL 2 months ago

Grilli allowed an unearned run Monday, but was still able to lock down his 17th save of the season.

It was the second time Grilli has allowed an unearned run this month, and he hasn't allowed an earned run since May 27. The veteran closer has a 3.09 ERA this season in 23.1 innings this season.

Jason Grilli RP ATL 2 months ago

Grilli picked up his second win of the season Saturday, pitching a perfect 10th inning and striking out one.

It's a bit unusual that Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez elected to use Grilli in extra innings in a tie game on the road rather than holding him back to protect any lead they might get in the top half of a frame, but it worked out for Atlanta. Grilli now has a solid 3.22 ERA and 29:8 K:BB ratio in 22.3 innings, and the biggest threat to his spot as the team's closer is the possibility that he gets dealt before the trade deadline.

Jason Grilli RP ATL 3 months ago

Grilli blew his second save of the season on an unearned run in Tuesday's extra inning loss to San Diego.

The error was Grilli's own after he allowed a Yonder Alonso ground rule double to open the inning. He is a sharp 15-of-17 on save chances with a 12.1 K/9 but his 1.31 WHIP is nearly identical to last year's mark, and a steady flow of baserunners rarely bodes well for a closer.

Jason Grilli RP ATL 3 months ago

Grilli struck out one in a scoreless ninth on Sunday against the Giants to pick up his 15th save of the season.

The veteran closer's 4.15 ERA is still a bit high after being scored upon four times in his last nine appaerences, but his 15 saves and his stellar 12.4 K/9 still make him an attractive fantasy option. Grilli is locked in to the ninth inning role for Atlanta as long as he puts his recent struggles behind him.

Jason Grilli RP ATL 3 months 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.