Jason Grilli RP PIT 13 Hrs

Jason Grilli struck out a pair in a scoreless inning to convert his fourth save of the season Tuesday as the Pirates finished off the Reds 8-7 in the completion of Monday's suspended game.

The two sides combined for 14 runs Monday before play was suspended, but a Russell Martin RBI single in the seventh inning was the lone run after played picked back up. Grilli got Roger Bernadina swinging to start off the ninth and got Billy Hamilton swinging to end it sandwiched around a Chris Heisey pop-up. He holds a 1.50 ERA and has nailed down four of five save chances to open the season.

Jason Grilli RP PIT 7 Days

Jason Grilli earned his second save in as many chances Tuesday, pitching a scoreless ninth to close out a win over the Cubs.

Grilli suffered a blown save against the Cubs on April 2, but he's since thrown two scoreless innings in notching his first two saves of the season. On Tuesday, Grilli fanned one while not allowing a baserunner. His early hiccup seems to have been just that.

Jason Grilli RP PIT 10 Days

Jason Grilli collected his first save of 2014 in the Pirates' win over the Cardinals on Sunday.

Grilli issued a leadoff walk to Jon Jay but then induced a doubleplay groundball from Matt Holliday and a game-ending grounder from Matt Adams. Grilli blew a save opportunity in his previous outing, so it was good to see him get back on track in this one. He should be a valuable fantasy closer all season.

Jason Grilli RP PIT 13 Days

Jason Grilli gave up a run on three hits to take a blown save in the ninth against the Cubs on Wednesday.

Mark Melancon also gave up a run in the eighth, so this one was a team effort. Even if Melancon proves better than Grilli this season, the Pirates won't be motivated to make a switch unless they have to.

Jason Grilli RP PIT 1 Month

Jason Grilli (elbow) is scheduled to make his Grapefruit League debut on Thursday against the Blue Jays.

The 37-year-old hurler has blossomed into one of the game's finest late-inning relievers in the past three seasons in Pittsburgh, compiling a 2.74 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 201/50 K/BB ratio over 141 1/3 innings. As long as he's healthy, he should be able to post similar numbers in 2014, but those calling his name on draft day would be wise to handcuff him with Mark Melancon to protect against injury.

Jason Grilli RP PIT 2 Months

Jason Grilli (elbow) is scheduled to throw a two-inning simulated game on Sunday.

After dealing with elbow injuries late in the 2013 season, the Pirates closer is being brought along cautiously this spring. He isn't far behind the rest of the hurlers in camp though and could see actual game action in the coming week.

Jason Grilli RP PIT 6 Months

Jason Grilli slammed the door on the Cardinals in Game 3 of the NLDS on Sunday, protecting a two-run advantage and giving the Pirates a 2-1 series lead.

The 36-year-old right-hander made it interesting by allowing a leadoff single to Matt Adams, but retired Jon Jay, Pete Kozma and Daniel Descalso in order afterwards to end the ballgame. The Pirates will now have an opportunity to close out the series at home on Monday.

Jason Grilli RP PIT 7 Months

Aided by an outfield assist, Jason Grilli got the final two outs Monday against the Cubs for his 32nd save.

Manager Clint Hurdle said he was going back to the old way of doing things, but he had Tony Watson in there to retire Anthony Rizzo to begin the ninth. Grilli then came in to walk Dioner Navarro, retire the next batter on a fielder's choice and give up a shot to right-center that led to Nate Schierholtz being thrown out at home, ending the game. It doesn't really inspire much confidence in Grilli, but the job is probably his for good.

Jason Grilli RP PIT 7 Months

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle confirmed Monday that Jason Grilli will continue to serve as closer.

"We're going back to way was for three and a half months, before Jason got hurt," said Hurdle. This means that Tony Watson will primarily pitch in the eighth inning while Mark Melancon will return to his set-up role.

Jason Grilli RP PIT 7 Months

Jason Grilli worked a scoreless ninth inning for his 31st save of the season, and first since July 21, against the Reds on Saturday.

Grilli was moved back into the role after Mark Melancon fell on hard times recently and, just like riding a bike, he made the transition back to closing seamlessly. Grilli gave up a leadoff single to Ryan Ludwick but got Jay Bruce to ground into a double play and got Zack Cozart to ground out to end it. Unless he struggles, the right-hander will likely continue to get the team's save opportunities over the final week of the season, so snatch him up in any leagues where he might have been cast off during his middle relief days.