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Pirates | Jason Grilli returning to late innings

Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said RP Jason Grilli will return to the late innings when the team has a lead, meaning Grilli is close to regaining the closer's role from RP Mark Melancon. Grilli will pitch the seventh and eighth innings when the team has a lead, with Melancon remaining in the ninth, for now. Grilli has given up a run in two of his three appearances since coming back from the disabled list, and he's struck out three and walked one in 2 1/3 innings. "I do like the way that Grilli's developing," Hurdle said. "I think he's getting closer." Melancon has a save in each of his last four outings.

Fantasy Tip: Melancon has done a fantastic job filling in in the ninth with Grilli injured, but that time is coming where the Pirates are comfortable giving the closer job back to Grilli. Continue to ride Melancon if you own him.

2013-09-13 10:55:28 | Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Bill Brink

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