The Atlanta Braves got lucky when they signed veteran reliever/closer Jason Grilli. The right-hander has a career 4.07 ERA. In 2015 he is having the third best season of his career. ]
His numbers have been better this season than the year he made his only All-Star appearance. The Braves took a risk on signing both him and veteran Jim Johnson and they’ve been better for it, at least when Grilli is in the conversation.
That is until Saturday. Grilli had posted an ERA of 2.67 in the first half. He’s struck out 45 batters in 33.2 innings and allowed just 10 walks and two home runs. He’s collected a career-second best 24 saves out of 26 attempts.
To say that he’s been an asset to the Braves would be an understatement, especially considering he’s 38 years old.
At 38 years old he was having one of the best seasons of his career but that all ended Saturday as he was routinely running to help cover first base during the ninth inning of the Braves’ game against the Colorado Rockies.
Drew Stubbs hit a grounder that took first baseman Chris Johnson off the bag to be able field. Grilli appeared to take a bad step as he moved towards first to cover the bag and crumpled to the ground in pain.
“The pain he was in on the field was cruel.”
The Braves lost to the Rockies 3-2 but they lost a lot more. Grilli ruptured his achilles’ tendon and will be out for the rest of the season.