ST. LOUIS (AP) — Pittsburgh Pirates closer Jason Grilli was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left oblique.
The move was retroactive to April 21.
The Pirates called up right-hander Jared Hughes before Friday night’s game against St. Louis. Set-up reliever Mark Melancon is expected to move into Grilli’s spot and close.
Grilli, an All-Star last season, has already blown three of seven save chances this season and has a 4.50 ERA.
Melancon has allowed two runs in 11 innings this season. Left-hander Tony Watson could also be used to close.