The Pittsburgh Pirates placed National League saves leader Jason Grilli on the 15-day disabled list with a right forearm strain.
Grilli, who left Monday night’s game at Washington in the ninth inning with discomfort in his forearm, went to Pittsburgh on Tuesday and will be examined by team doctors.
The All-Star right hander is 0-1 with a 2.34 ERA and 30 saves.
Manager Clint Hurdle said Mark Melancon (2-1, 0.97, two saves) will assume the closer’s role in Grilli’s absence.
The Pirates plan to recall right hander Vic Black from Triple-A Indianapolis, where he’s 1-2 with 15 saves and a 2.31 ERA.
Pittsburgh also activated second baseman Neil Walker, who had been on the disabled list since July 7 with right side soreness, and designated infielder Brandon Inge for assignment.
Pedroia, Red Sox close to deal
All-Star second baseman Dustin Pedroia is close to a contract that could keep him with the Boston Red Sox for his entire big league career.
A source said Tuesday that Pedroia is in the process of agreeing to a deal adding $100 million over seven seasons through 2021. The source spoke on condition of anonymity because the agreement was not yet complete. The new deal was first reported by WEEI.
Pedroia is making $10 million this year and is guaranteed the same amount in 2014 as part of a $40.5 million, six-year contract that started in 2009. That deal includes an $11 million club option for 2015 with a $500,000 buyout.
The 5-foot-8, 165-pound sparkplug was the AL Rookie of the Year in 2007 and AL MVP in 2008.
Orioles add revitalized reliever
The Baltimore Orioles have acquired reliever Francisco Rodriguez, 31, from the Milwaukee Brewers for minor-league infielder Nick Delmonico.
The Orioles cleared space for Rodriguez on the 40-man roster by transferring outfielder Nolan Reimold to the 60-day disabled list before their game against the Kansas City Royals.
The 31-year-old Rodriguez has revitalized his career the past three years in Milwaukee, going 1-1 with 10 saves and a 1.09 ERA in 25 appearances this season.
Around the leagues
San Diego Padres pitcher Jason Marquis (9-4) suffered a complete tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow and will undergo Tommy John surgery next week. … The Seattle Mariners recalled right-hander Erasmo Ramirez. Ramirez was recalled from Single-A Everett. The Mariners sent reliever Bobby LaFromboise to Triple-A Tacoma. … The Los Angeles Dodgers brought up right-hander Carlos Marmol from the minors and placed right-hander Jose Dominguez on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left quadriceps. … The Miami Marlins called up two of their top prospects, outfielders Christian Yelich and Jake Marisnick, from the Double A affiliate in Jacksonville. Outfielder Marcell Ozuna and infielder Derek Dietrich were optioned to Jacksonville on Monday.