Everything was going great for the Pittsburgh Pirates. They were on the verge of winning their second-straight game, and they had their stud closer on the mound.
Then it happened. After throwing a high fastball to Washington Nationals‘ Steve Lombardozzi, Pirates closer Jason Grilli called the team’s athletic trainer to the mound. It was obvious that the closer was worried that it was a serious injury.
Grilli is a true competitor; if he is able to pitch, he is going to. That is way it was so unnerving that he wasn’t able to finish the game. It seemed obvious that something was wrong though. He entered the game with a three-run lead and eventually allowed a two run home run. In his previous 10 innings, Grilli allowed eight earned runs, so rest was seemingly needed.
The Pirates told the media after the game that their ninth-inning man was diagnosed with right forearm discomfort. This could really mean anything, as starter Wandy Rodriguez was originally diagnosed with forearm discomfort … and he hasn’t thrown a pitch in what has probably been two months. Jeanmar Gomez was diagnosed with the same thing, and he missed only a couple of weeks.
Grilli will be re-evaluated on Tuesday, and hopefully the results don’t turn out to be too severe for the Pirates closer. The underdog has fought through so much adversity throughout his career with so many injuries, and it has been a great story for him to finally be having such great success at age 36.
Grilli tweeted early Tuesday morning that it is a “minor setback” and that he “will be back ASAP for my teammates and the ‘Burgh”. Hopefully this is the case, because he is a true class act and one of the real good guys in MLB today.