Pirates closer Jason Grilli walks back to the mound after giving up a game-tying hit to Cubs' Luis Valbuena in the ninth inning at PNC Park Tuesday night, April 2, 2014.
By Bill Brink / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
ST. LOUIS — The Pirates announced that the move to put Jason Grilli on the DL is not allowed under MLB rules and thus is not official. They can't recall Jared Hughes, who was on the active roster this week, as the corresponding move for a DL stint that is retroactive to cover this week as well.
The Pirates are a man short in the bullpen tonight and someone other than Hughes will be the corresponding move.
Grilli, 37, has blown three saves in eight appearances, including two in two consecutive games by allowing home runs to Milwaukee Brewers right fielder Ryan Braun.
Grilli went and threw in the outfield at Busch Stadium prior to tonight’s game as head athletic trainer Todd Tomczyk looked on. Asked about Grilli’s throwing session in light of the fact that he hadn’t pitched since Sunday, manager Clint Hurdle, speaking before the DL move, said: “Just probably trying to throw and extend. It’s been a few days since he’s pitched. Probably trying to go out there to get as loose as he can, get as much extension as he can, and see where he is.”
Mark Melancon will likely take over the closer’s role in Grilli’s absence, but lefty Tony Watson could close as well depending on the situation.
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