Jul 22, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Jason Grilli (39) is escorted off the field by a trainer after suffering an apparent arm injury during the ninth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Pirates closer Jason Grilli potentially out for regular season

Things did not look good for Pittsburgh Pirates closer Jason Grilli earlier this week when he walked off the mound during a game. Grilli was seen shaking his arm in pain leading many to believe the 2013 National League All-Star may have severely injured his pitching arm.

The worry was elevated given Grilli’s history of arm injuries but thankfully, there is some good news to report.

According to Bill Brink, Grilli has been diagnosed with a strained right flexor tendon. He will not need surgery, thankfully:

#Pirates announce Jason Grilli saw Dr. James Andrews, has strained right flexor tendon. No surgery, but needs rest.

Despite the good news of not needing an operation, it’s still going to be a lengthy rest for Grilli. The needed recovery time for such an injury is usually 4-8 weeks, meaning the closer should be sidelined for the majority of the regular season.

Mark Melancon will continue to close for the Pirates, who have the second best record in Major League Baseball at the current moment.

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