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Grilli hoping to resume role as Pirates closer

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MILWAUKEE (AP) - The Pittsburgh Pirates activated Jason Grilli from the disabled list Tuesday, and the All-Star knows he has some work to do before reclaiming his spot as the team's closer.

Grilli says he'll be ready when the time comes.

The 36-year-old right-hander had been on the DL since straining the right flexor tendon in his pitching arm during a 6-5 victory over Washington on July 22. He had been on a rehab assignment in the minors before being recalled Tuesday.

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said Grilli will make a couple of relief appearances in non-save situations before resuming his role as the closer.

Grilli made the All-Star team for the first time this season and was second in the NL with 30 saves at the time of his injury.

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