Jason Grilli is one of the few players who actually benefits from the Braves having so little talent. He got a chance to close for them last year after flaming out for the Pirates in 2014 and completely restored his value, averaging 12.0 strikeouts per nine innings to go along with a 2.94 ERA and 1.13 WHIP. That is, until he tore his Achilles tendon covering first base, costing him the rest of the season. During his absence, the Braves introduced a possible closer of the future in Arodys Vizcaino, and it's unclear who will get the first crack at the role in 2016. The safe money is on Grilli just so the Braves could market him for a potential trade, but since a rebuilding club won't provide the most consistent save opportunities anyway, Grilli should be one of the last closers off the board.
Grilli (Achilles) is on track to be ready for spring training, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. The right-hander was excelling in the closer role for Atlanta before a ruptured left Achilles' tendon ended his season in July. Apparently, the 39-year-old is on track in his recovery and should be afforded a normal spring, but Arodys Vizcaino put his stamp on the job after Grilli went down and currently projects to open 2016 as the Braves' endgamer.
The Braves recalled outfielder Joey Terdoslavich from Triple-A Gwinnett on Friday. To clear a roster spot, closer Jason Grilli was placed on the 15-day disabled list. Grilli will miss the rest of the season due to an Achilles injury.
Although Braves pitcher Jason Grilli will miss the rest of the season with a ruptured Achilles, he vowed to be back next season, reports MLB.com. "I'll be back out there next year, mark my words," Grilli said. "This [injury] will be easier to come back from than the last one. I push myself. You lay yourself on the line every day. That's the only way I know how to do it and that's the only way to do it." Grilli suffered the injury during Saturday's contest. He had 24 saves with a 2.94 ERA in 33 2/3 innings.
Braves closer Jason Grilli was diagnosed with a ruptured left Achilles, and is likely out for the rest of the season. Grilli suffered the injury while attempting to cover first base on a groundball on Saturday. Barring a trade, Jim Johnson figures to see the bulk of the save opportunities moving forward with Grilli sidelined.
Braves closer Jason Grilli was forced to exit Saturday's game against the Rockies with an apparent left leg injury. Grilli entered the game in the bottom of the ninth inning, with the score tied 2-2. On the first play of the inning, Grilli collapsed while attempting to cover first base on a ground ball. After being tended to by the training staff, Grilli was carted off the field, unable to put any pressure on his left leg. The Braves have not announced the nature of the injury, but it certainly did not look promising. Grilli currently ranks fifth in the National League with 24 saves.