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Jason Grilli | Relief Pitcher

Team: Atlanta Braves
Age / DOB:  (38) / 11/11/1976
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 233
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Seton Hall
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Jason Grilli coughed up a run in the ninth against the Dodgers on Wednesday but held on to notch his 14th save in a 3-2 win.
With one out, Grilli served up an Alex Guerrero solo homer to right. Andre Ethier next singled, but Grilli ended the affair in a timely fashion after that. It's highly questionable whether Grilli is a superior ninth inning option to Jim Johnson -- who tossed another scoreless eighth and boasts a 2.42 ERA -- but the former is 14-for-15 in save chances (ranking No. 2 in the NL in saves) and isn't in danger of losing his job at the moment. Of course, with a 4.41 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP, a big implosion or two could change that. May 28 - 1:24 AM

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Jason Grilli pitched a scoreless ninth against the Rays, picking up his 12th save as the Braves won 2-1 on Wednesday.

Grilli allowed a two-out single to Brandon Guyer, but got Kevin Kiermaier to ground out to end the contest. Despite some struggles and some issues with back spasms, Grilli is 12-for-13 in save opportunities with a 4.73 ERA and a 19/5 K/BB ratio in 13 1/3 innings.
May 20 - 10:58 PM

Jason Grilli, making his first appearance since May 6, got the loss Tuesday against the Reds after allowing Devin Mesoraco to double in the winning run.

Grilli was out nearly a week due to back spasms but was deemed fit to return on Monday, though manager Fredi Gonzalez gave him an extra day of rest. The right-hander struck out Kris Negron for the first out, but allowed a single to Brayan Pena followed by Mesoraco's double which won the game. It wasn't a save situation, so Grilli remains 9-for-10 in save chances but is 0-2 with a 5.23 ERA and a 17/4 K/BB ratio in 10 1/3 innings. Fantasy owners should probably go get Jim Johnson just in case things don't improve for Grilli.
May 12 - 10:37 PM

Jason Grilli (back) was given another day of rest Monday for precautionary reasons.

Grilli has been dealing with back spasms over the past few days, but was originally expected to be available Monday. However, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez decided to play things safe, ultimately going with Jim Johnson for the save chance. "It was my decision, I said you know what, let’s give it one more day," explained Gonzalez. "He told us he could probably go. So let’s give him one more day so the probably becomes more, ‘I can.’ Everything was good with him, just wanted to give him one more day." Look for him to be ready if a save opportunity arises Tuesday.
May 12 - 10:00 AM

Jason Grilli (back) will be available out of the Braves' bullpen on Monday.

Grilli has been unavailable the last few days due to back spasms, but he reported Monday that he felt much better. The veteran reliever has struck out 16 over 10 innings for the Braves this season and will be used in a save situation should one arise.
May 11 - 4:54 PM

Jason Grilli is considered day-to-day due to back spasms.

Manager Fredi Gonzalez announced Sunday morning that Grilli was dealing with an undisclosed injury and now it's known what the issue is. Jim Johnson is expected to handle any ninth-inning work while Grilli is sidelined.
May 10 - 4:56 PM

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said Sunday that Jason Grilli is day-to-day with an undisclosed injury.

Gonzalez would reveal only that the ailment isn't arm related, which is obviously good news. Jim Johnson will handle potential save chances until Grilli is ready.
May 10 - 1:05 PM

Jason Grilli escaped a jam in the ninth inning for his ninth save as the Braves won 7-5 over the Phillies on Wednesday.

Grilli entered the ninth with a three-run lead, but issued a leadoff single to Ben Revere, then issued a two-out walk to Ryan Howard to bring the tying run to the plate in Darin Ruf. Ruf ripped a single to left center to bring in Revere, but Grilli recovered to strike out Odubel Herrera to end the game. Grilli is now 9-for-10 in save chances with an uninspiring 4.50 ERA and a 16/4 K/BB ratio in 10 innings.
May 6 - 10:39 PM

Jason Grilli slammed the door on the Reds in the ninth inning on Friday, earning his eighth save of the season in the process.

Grilli allowed just one hit and struck out one in his scoreless inning of work. He has now successfully converted eight of his first nine save chances on the season while registering a a 4.00 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 14/3 K/BB ratio in his nine innings.
May 1 - 10:29 PM

Jason Grilli suffered his first blown save of the season after allowing three runs to the Nationals in the ninth inning in Tuesday's loss.

The Braves entered the ninth ahead 12-10 and Grilli had been a perfect 7-for-7 in save chances, so it seemed like a win was in hand. However, Grilli allowed a one-out single to Jose Lobaton and a walk to Danny Espinosa before Dan Uggla deposited a three-run home run many rows back in left field at Turner Field. Grilli now has a 4.50 ERA with a 13/3 K/BB ratio in eight innings. Fantasy owners shouldn't fret at all as the outing is an outlier at the moment.
Apr 28 - 11:02 PM

Jason Grilli pitched a perfect ninth inning to pick up his seventh save of the season in Saturday's win over the Phillies.

Grilli struck out Ryan Howard to open the ninth, then induced outs by Cody Asche and Carlos Ruiz to secure the save. The veteran has filled in admirably following the loss of Craig Kimbrel and is now 7-for-7 in saves, with a sparkling 1.59 ERA and 11/2 K/BB ratio over seven innings. If you picked him up on the waiver wire, pat yourself on the back.
Apr 25 - 9:43 PM

Jason Grilli set the Blue Jays down in order in the ninth inning to earn his sixth save as the Braves won 5-2 on Sunday.

Grilli struck out Justin Smoke, got Kevin Pillar to pop up, and struck out Dalton Pompey to end the game. The Braves have been just fine without Craig Kimbrel, as Grilli is 6-for-6 converting saves with a 1.80 ERA and a 10/2 K/BB ratio in six innings.
Apr 19 - 3:59 PM

Jason Grilli slammed the door on the Blue Jays in the ninth inning on Friday, protecting a one-run advantage to secure his fifth save of the young season.

The veteran right-hander retired all three hitters he faced in order, including a strikeout. He's now 5-for-5 in save chances while registering a miniscule 1.80 ERA and 0.80 WHIP. He's the early leader in the clubhouse for waiver wire pickup of the season.
Apr 17 - 10:35 PM

Jason Grilli got into some ninth inning trouble, but escaped with his fourth save as the Braves edged the Marlins on Monday.

Grilli allowed a lead-off double to Martin Prado, then got back-to-back strikeouts. However, he then walked Jarrod Saltalamacchia and allowed an RBI single to Adeiny Hechavarria to make it a 3-2 ballgame. He was finally able to strike out John Baker to escape with the save. It was the first bout with adversity Grilli has faced so far this season. He's now 4-for-4 converting saves with a 2.25 ERA and a 7/2 K/BB ratio in four innings.
Apr 14 - 12:04 AM

Jason Grilli secured his third save of the season with a scoreless inning against the Mets on Friday.

After being handed a two-run lead, Grilli issued a leadoff walk to Daniel Murphy, but retired the next three batters to finish off the victory. The 38-year-old took over the closer role for Atlanta following the Craig Kimbrel trade and has the potential to be a bargain for those who were fortunate enough to pluck him off the waiver wire.
Apr 11 - 12:27 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Christian Bethancourt
2A.J. Pierzynski
1B1Freddie Freeman
2Joey Terdoslavich
2B1Jace Peterson
2Phil Gosselin
SS1Andrelton Simmons
3B1Chris Johnson
2Juan Uribe
3Kelly Johnson
LF1Jonny Gomes
2Todd Cunningham
CF1Cameron Maybin
2Eric Young Jr.
RF1Nick Markakis
2Dian Toscano
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Julio Teheran
2Mike Minor
3Alex Wood
4Shelby Miller
5Michael Foltynewicz
6Williams Perez
7Daniel Winkler
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jason Grilli
2Jim Johnson
3Josh Outman
4Luis Avilan
5Nick Masset
6Andrew McKirahan
7Trevor Cahill
8Brandon Cunniff
9Donnie Veal
10Arodys Vizcaino
11Shae Simmons
12Chris Withrow