Pirates Expect Closer Jason Grilli Back on Saturday

Paul Spinelli/MLB Photos via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- With so many pitchers getting injured this season, the Pittsburgh Pirates are getting ready to welcome one back as the team is expecting closer Jason Grilli to return to the mound on Saturday.

Grilli threw a 20-pitch simulated game Wednesday and declared himself ready to go.

"I would venture a guess that Saturday would be a real strong likely case that I'll be out there," Grilli said, via the Pittsburgh Post Gazette.

Grilli has been on the DL since April 21 with a left oblique strain. 

The 37-year-old has been one of the better relievers in baseball since joining the Pirates in 2011. The 2013 season was Grilli's first as a full-time closer and he flourished in the role as he saved 33 games and posted a 2.70 ERA.

Mark Melancon had been filling in for Grilli and has saved eight games this season.

In eight appearances this season, Grilli has saved four games for the Pirates.

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