The Pirates have been without All-Star closer Jason Grilli since late July because of a right forearm strain but he recently started pitching in minor league rehab games and is moving closer to rejoining the team. When he does return he may do so in a role other than closer.

“We'll talk about that when he gets back” said manager Clint Hurdle to Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh-Tribune Review. “We're in a lot of different discussions now.”

Mark Melancon stepped in as closer when Grilli got hurt and has since gone 8-for-9 in save chances while allowing just two earned runs and 19 base-runners in 23 innings (0.78 ERA and 0.83 WHIP). The idea would be to ease Grilli back into things before giving him back the ninth inning.