Jason Grilli, the Atlanta Braves relief pitcher, is out for the season after tearing his left Achilles tendon in Saturday's game against the Colorado Rockies.
Multiple reports including ESPN, Fox Sports and Yahoo confirmed the rupture and that the 38-year-old right-handed pitcher likely will be out for the rest of the season. David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution also tweeted the bad news.
Ruptured left Achille tendon for #Braves closer Jason Grilli, whose season is done.
— David O'Brien (@DOBrienAJC) July 12, 2015
"The pain he was in on the field was cruel," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez told Fox Sports after the game, which the Braves lost, 3-2.
Grilli was attempting a routine play in the ninth inning but suddenly went down in pain, grabbing the back of his leg. He was replaced by David Aardsma.
The Braves currently own a 42-47 win-loss record and are in third place of the National League East. With the Grilli injury, the Braves have lost some pitching depth and are expected to place Jim Johnson in Grilli’s role as the team’s closer. The Johnson, 32, has a 2.14 ERA and 5 saves in 42 innings for the season.
Before the injury, Grilli was reportedly targeted by some MLB teams including the Chicago Cubs, Washington Nationals, Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Dodgers and Toronto Blue Jays.