No surgery for Jason Grilli, out 4-8 weeks

by Paul Raymond | Posted on Friday, July 26th, 2013

The Pittsburgh Pirates got some good news from Dr. James Andrews today and that was that their closer Jason Grilli will not need surgery. He’s been officially diagnosed with a strained right flexor tendon which should keep him out for about four to eight weeks, he’ll be reevaluated in 10-14 days. Mark Melancon will take over closing duties while Grilli is out.

Mark Melancon new Pirates closer

The main question is will this force the Pirates to make a trade for a closer? I’m thinking they’ll make some calls but see what they have in Melancon first. Melancon was a closer with the Houston Astros in 2011 and performed well closing out 20 games in 25 opportunities, with a 2.78 ERA.

Melancon did have a very poor 2012 with the Boston Red Sox but has clearly bounced back to look like the pitcher the New York Yankees were once high on. He’s currently sporting a 0.93 ERA with a 2-1 record with three saves and struck 48 batters while only walking six. If you’re the Pirates why not take a few days and see what he does as a closer.

One thing that’s for sure is that the Pirates will need some bullpen help over the next couple weeks. If Melancon does well this weekend the Pirates could easily go cheap and just look for another middle reliever. There’s no need to go after the star closer with Grilli coming back at some point in 2013.

If you were the Pirates what would you do? Go after one of the available closers or bullpen depth?

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