Pirates closer Grilli discusses injury

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Jason Grilli had no new information Monday on the flexor strain in his right arm that landed him on the 15-day disabled list, but offered insight into the injury.

He said he felt "Not like myself" in the ninth inning against the Washington Nationals, when he left the game in pain, but knew that he had not hurt the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.

"It wasn't the area that was hurt," said Grilli, who has had Tommy John ligament replacement surgery before. "You're talking to a guy that knows his body pretty well. I wasn't concerned about that whatsoever."

Grilli's comments indicated that he was pitching through pain before leaving the game on July 22. He allowed a home run and a walk, but struck out two, in two-thirds of an inning.

"That wasn't how I've pitched all year," Grilli said. "You learn to play hurt in this game. I wasn't 100 percent that night but I was giving 100 percent of what I had that night."

Asked if he had problems with the arm prior to that outing, Grilli said: "It's one of those things, if you can't learn to play hurt in this game then -- there's a lot of guys in this whole league that are playing not 100 percent. We're not the same condition right now. This is what you do as an athlete. You subject yourself to play when you're not 100 percent every day you're out there."

Grilli's 421/3 innings were only 161/3 innings shy of his total from last season.

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First Published July 29, 2013 9:45 PM


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