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Will Grilli close when he returns?

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When injured Pittsburgh Pirates All-Star closer Jason Grilli returns from a right forearm strain, he may pitch in a different role.

Grilli has been out since late July but is on a minor league rehab assignment.

Mark Melancon has been closing games with Grilli out. Melancon is eight for nine in save opportunities with a 0.78 ERA and 0.83 WHIP since Grilli went down.

Manager Clint Hurdle said it has not been decided if Grilli will return to his closer role when he comes back.

"We'll talk about that when he gets back," Hurdle told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "We're in a lot of different discussions now."

Grilli, 36, threw one inning for Class AA Altoona on Saturday and is scheduled to pitch Monday and Wednesday. If there are no setbacks, he should join the Pirates later this week.

Grilli made 30 saves with a 2.34 ERA and 0.92 WHIP in 42 1/3 innings this year before the injury.
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