May 23, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Jason Grilli (39) reacts after the final out against the Washington Nationals during the ninth inning at PNC Park. The Pirates won 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Fantasy Baseball: Jason Grilli back as Pittsburgh Pirates' closer

It may have taken a couple appearances since he has returned from the disabled list, but owners of Pittsburgh Pirates’ closer Jason Grilli can breathe a sigh of relief.

May 29, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Jason Grilli (39) pumps his fist after the last out of the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Pirates won 6-3. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Pirates’ manager Clint Hurdle confirmed on Thursday that Grilli would be slotted back in the ninth inning role full time.

That is bad news for Mark Melancon owners, but if you are in a league where Grilli is still available, go out and snatch him up now.

Grilli was activated last Friday and got the save that night, but Melancon did get the next two opportunities. Melancon did nothing to lose the job, so it is worth holding onto him. But despite a 2.25 ERA and 0.92 WHIP, Melancon is out, and Grilli is back in as the Pirates’ closer. 

As for Grilli, as long as he is healthy he should have a ton of value.

The veteran has a 3.60 ERA and 11:5 K:BB ratio in 10 innings, and since returning from an oblique injury earlier in the week, Grilli has tossed a pair of scoreless innings while striking out four.

If he can stay healthy, Grilli should be able to remain among the league’s elite closers due to his strikeout potential. Grilli posted back-to-back 13+ K/9 seasons in 2012-2013 and hopefully will regain that form the rest of the 2014 season.

He recorded the save Thursday night against the Los Angeles Dodgers and that could be the start of a good string of success.



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