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Jason Grilli | Relief Pitcher | #39

Team: Atlanta Braves
Age / DOB:  (39) / 11/11/1976
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 233
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Seton Hall
Drafted: 1997 / Rd. 1 (4) / SF
Contract: view contract details

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Jason Grilli allowed a hit and a walk but struck out three batters to earn the save Saturday against the Marlins.
Grilli certainly didn't make it easy on himself, giving up a single to Dee Gordon and walking Christian Yelich with two outs to bring up Giancarlo Stanton as the winning run. But Grilli fanned Stanton to end the threat and the game. He pitched the ninth with Arodys Vizcaino unavailable, but Vizcaino will likely get the lion's share of the save chances when able. Apr 16 - 10:32 PM

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Jason Grilli blew his first save chance of the season Monday, allowing one run on two hits and a walk in a loss to the Nationals.

After former closer Arodys Vizcaino struck out a pair in a scoreless eighth inning, Grilli started off the ninth with a leadoff walk and then yielded a single and a bunt hit. He struck out Stephen Drew but then allowed a game-tying sac fly to blow the save (although A.J. Pierzynski deserves some blame for booting a great throw from Ender Inciarte). Grilli simply isn't as good as Vizcaino and there's a good chance he'll be out of the ninth-inning job before long.
Apr 4 - 8:01 PM

Jason Grilli blew the Braves' 1-0 lead by giving up a run in the seventh Friday against the Astros.

Grilli has given up three runs in three innings since returning from his ruptured Achilles' tendon. If he pitches well next week, he still figures to open the season as Atlanta's closer. If not, then perhaps the door will open for Arodys Vizcaino.
Mar 25 - 3:51 PM

Jason Grilli made his spring debut Thursday and gave up two runs versus the Astros.

Danny Worth hit a two-run homer off him. Grilli is making his way back from a ruptured Achilles' tendon. He's expected to open up as the Braves' closer if the next two weeks go well.
Mar 17 - 5:44 PM

Jason Grilli (Achilles) is expected to make his Grapefruit League debut on Thursday.

The Braves have brought Grilli along slowly this spring as he makes his way back from a ruptured Achilles tendon, but he made it through recent simulated games without incident. If the 39-year-old can prove his health and effectiveness, he should have a good chance to reclaim the closer role. Arodys Vizcaino would be the alternative if he isn't ready.
Mar 15 - 11:55 AM

Jason Grilli (Achilles) could make his Grapefruit League debut as soon as Monday.

Working his way back from an Achilles injury, Grilli will throw a simulated game on Friday. The veteran reliever is aiming to be ready for Opening Day and also to serve as the Braves' closer, although the Braves could stick with Arodys Vizcaino in the ninth inning.
Mar 11 - 9:23 AM

Jason Grilli (Achilles) has been running and throwing off a mound and said Friday that he plans to be the Braves' closer on Opening Day.

Grilli blew out his left Achilles last July, but it appears that he should be ready to go physically by Opening Day. Whether he does indeed regain his closer job remains to be seen, as Arodys Vizcaino was terrific down the stretch last season after taking over the ninth inning. The situation should be clarified during Grapefruit League play.
Feb 19 - 10:10 AM

Braves activated RHP Jason Grilli from the 60-day disabled list.

He's now back on the 40-man roster. Grilli blew out his Achilles in July but could have a shot to be ready for Opening Day. However, it's far from a certainty, especially at his age (39).
Fri, Nov 6, 2015 09:19:00 AM

Braves placed RHP Jason Grilli on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 12, with a torn left Achilles.

He's obviously going to miss the remainder of the season but thinks he'll be ready for spring training. Jim Johnson is closing for the Braves with Grilli on the shelf.
Fri, Jul 17, 2015 04:38:00 PM

Jason Grilli has been diagnosed with a left Achilles rupture.

He's expected to miss the rest of the season. Grilli suffered the injury while covering first base on an infield hit by Drew Stubbs on Saturday. Jim Johnson will take over as closer and is now a must-own player across all formats. The former A's and Orioles closer hasn't allowed a run since June 8.
Sat, Jul 11, 2015 08:56:00 PM

Jason Grilli was carted off the field Saturday after suffering a lower leg injury.

Grilli appeared to injure his ankle while covering first base. He was on the ground for a while before being carted off. The 38-year-old is almost certainly headed to the disabled list. This kills whatever trade value he might have had. Jim Johnson is next in line for saves and should now be owned in all formats.
Sat, Jul 11, 2015 07:56:00 PM

Jason Grilli struck out the side in the ninth inning against the Brewers on Tuesday to earn his 24th save.

Grilli came by it honestly, too, getting Scooter Gennett, Gerardo Parra and Jean Segura to go down swinging to earn the save. The 38-year-old has been a very nice surprise for the Braves this season, posting a 2.67 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 45/10 K/BB ratio over 33 2/3 innings. Those numbers will surely add to teams' interest around the trade deadline later this month.
Tue, Jul 7, 2015 11:54:00 PM

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that Jason Grilli is "one of the closers the Blue Jays are looking at."

They've also been connected to Jonathan Papelbon and Francisco Rodriguez. Grilli has had a nice bounce-back season in Atlanta with a 2.93 ERA and 39/10 K/BB ratio over 30 2/3 innings. He's also potentially cost less than Papelbon or K-Rod, although Cafardo says the Braves aren't shopping him yet because they feel they're still in the playoff hunt.
Source: Boston Globe
Sun, Jul 5, 2015 01:54:00 PM

Jason Grilli allowed a run but held on to earn the save against the Pirates on Sunday.

Grilli had to work through the meat of the Bucs' order, retiring Andrew McCutchen and Starling Marte to begin the inning, but a Francisco Cervelli walk and Jordy Mercer RBI double made things interesting. Grilli then struck out pinch-hitter Gregory Polanco to secure the 2-1 win. The save was Grilli's 21st of the year, leaving him with a 3.14 ERA and 1.29 WHIP overall.
Sun, Jun 28, 2015 04:24:00 PM

Jason Grilli picked up his 20th save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning in Saturday's win over the Mets.

Grilli entered in the ninth inning with the Braves holding onto a 6-4 lead. He allowed a two-out single to Wilmer Flores, but shut down the potential threat by inducing a fly ball out from Curtis Granderson to end the game. Grilli is 20-for-22 in save chances and holds a 2.73 ERA to go with a 33/8 K/BB ratio over 26 1/3 innings.
Sat, Jun 20, 2015 11:15:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1A.J. Pierzynski
2Tyler Flowers
1B1Freddie Freeman
2B1Kelly Johnson
2Daniel Castro
3Chase d'Arnaud
SS1Erick Aybar
3B1Gordon Beckham
2Adonis Garcia
LF1Mallex Smith
2Hector Olivera
CF1Ender Inciarte
RF1Nick Markakis
2Jeff Francoeur
Starting Pitcher
S1Julio Teheran
2Matt Wisler
3Williams Perez
4Michael Foltynewicz
5Manny Banuelos
6Jesse Biddle
Relief Pitcher
R1Arodys Vizcaino
2Jason Grilli
3Jim Johnson
4Alexi Ogando
5Eric O'Flaherty
6Hunter Cervenka
7Bud Norris
8Ian Krol
9Joel de la Cruz
10Paco Rodriguez
11Daniel Winkler
12Andrew McKirahan