Atlanta Braves closer Jason Grilli was carted off the field during the ninth inning of Saturday’s game against the Colorado Rockies after suffering a torn Achilles that will likely end his season, per the team. apparent leg injury while attempting to cover first base, 

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Grilli Carted Off Field

Saturday, July 11

The right-handed reliever “collapsed while running to cover first,” per David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and the fact that he was carted off the field indicates it was likely a fairly severe injury. 

Interestingly enough, Grilli came on in a tie game, and therefore it wasn’t a save situation. It was his first appearance since July 7. 

One of the National League’s stronger right-handed bullpen arms, Grilli entered Saturday’s contest with a 2.67 ERA, 24 saves and 45 strikeouts. At the time of the injury, his 24 saves ranked No. 5 overall among NL relievers.

With his season all but over, Grilli will have to wonder what the next step in his career is. The MLB trade landscape will also take a hit as teams were sure to look to Grilli for bullpen depth in the second half of the season. 

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