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Pirates Will Place Closer Jason Grilli on DL

Paul Spinelli/MLB Photos via Getty Images(ST. LOUIS) -- The Pittsburgh Pirates will place closer Jason Grilli on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with a strained left oblique muscle.

The Pirates tried sending the 37-year-old to the DL on Friday but procedural errors forced the team to wait until Saturday.

Grilli, an All-Star last season, has made eight appearances for Pittsburgh this season. During that time he's blown three of his seven save opportunities and has a 4.50 ERA.

The Pirates will call up right-hander Jared Hughes to take Grilli's roster spot.

It's expected Mark Melancon will take over the closer duties with Grilli out, although lefty Tony Watson also might be given a chance.

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