Pirates put closer Grilli on 15-day DL

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.