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.