Grilli slated to pitch Thursday vs. Blue Jays

Grilli slated to pitch Thursday vs. Blue Jays

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The Pirates have tentatively set the date for closer Jason Grilli's 2014 Grapefruit League debut.

Manager Clint Hurdle said on Sunday after the Pirates' 4-1 win over the Phillies that Grilli is slated to pitch on Thursday against the Blue Jays at McKechnie Field.

Grilli faced hitters in a two-inning simulated game on Sunday in Bradenton, Fla. The 37-year-old right-hander, who sat out about two months last season due to a forearm strain, has been ramping up for the season at a slower pace than the other pitchers in Pirates camp.

Over the last three seasons in Pittsburgh, Grilli has put together a 2.74 ERA and 36 saves, including 33 last season.

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