Jason Grilli doesn’t need surgery, likely out 4-8 weeks

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Jason Grilli made a visit to Dr. James Andrews to have his forearm injury examined and the Pirates’ closer got some (relatively) good news: He doesn’t need surgery.

Grilli left Monday’s game with forearm pain and was quickly placed on the disabled list, but Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports that Dr. Andrews has diagnosed him with a strained flexor tendon.

However, according to Brink he’ll be “re-evaluated in 10-14 days” and 4-8 weeks is a “typical” recovery timetable, which obviously means Grilli won’t be coming off the disabled list when eligible and the rest of his season is potentially in jeopardy.

Mark Melancon is filling in as the Pirates’ closer after Grilli saved a league-leading 30 games with a 2.34 ERA in the first half to make his first All-Star team at age 36.

Padres, Mariners join list of teams to extend netting

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The Reds announced earlier that they plan to extend the protective netting at Great American Ball Park in time for Opening Day next season. You can add the Padres and Mariners to what will surely be a growing list.

A young fan was struck in the face by a foul ball at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday, which gave new life to the netting debate. Some fans and media types think Major League Baseball is not doing enough to protect fans. While Major League Baseball has issued guidelines for protective netting, it is ultimately up to the teams to decide just how much netting to use.

Zach Britton receives stem cell injection, likely done for the season

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Orioles closer Zach Britton is likely done for the remainder of the 2017 season after receiving a stem cell injection in his left knee, Peter Schmuck and Jon Meoli of the Baltimore Sun report. Britton has been battling knee problems for most of the season.

The Orioles are still technically in the AL Wild Card race, entering play Thursday 5.5 games behind the Twins for the second Wild Card slot. With only nine games remaining, however, the 73-80 Orioles are likely being realistic about their chances and not taking any unnecessary risks with Britton.

Britton, 29, put up a 2.89 ERA with 15 saves and a 29/18 K/BB ratio in 37 1/3 innings this season. He will be eligible for arbitration for the fourth and final time this offseason.