The Pittsburgh Pirates activated Jason Grilli from the disabled list Tuesday, and the All-Star knows he has some work to do before reclaiming his spot as the team’s closer.
Grilli says he’ll be ready when the time comes.
“I think I showed that my arm is where it needs to be and there’s not really much to prove for myself and I’m being honest with them,” Grilli, 36, said. “I don’t expect that I’ll be closing games right away. I’m OK with that.”
The right-hander had been on the DL since straining the right flexor tendon in his pitching arm July 22.
Venables signs extension
The San Diego Padres signed outfielder Will Venable to an $8.5 million, two-year contract extension through 2015.
Venable, the son of former big-leaguer Max Venable, will make $4.25 million each of the next two seasons. Venable is hitting .273 with a career-high 20 home runs.
Around the leagues
The Houston Astros acquired catcher Matt Pagnozzi from the Atlanta Braves for cash considerations. … The Detroit Tigers recalled pitchers Jeremy Bonderman and Jose Alvarez and catcher Bryan Holaday from Triple-A Toledo. … The Atlanta Braves recalled Evan Gattis from Triple-A Gwinnett. … The Kansas City Royals recalled pitchers Wade Davis and Louis Coleman from Class A Wilmington and purchased the contracts of infielders Pedro Ciriaco and Carlos Pena from Omaha. … The Texas Rangers activated right-hander Alexi Ogando from the 15-day disabled list. … The Seattle Mariners called up six players from Triple-A Tacoma, including right-hander Erasmo Ramirez. … The St. Louis Cardinals called up six more players, including right-hander Michael Wacha.