WASHINGTON - The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed National League saves leader Jason Grilli on the 15-day disabled list with a right forearm strain.
Grilli, a National League All-Star, left Monday night's game at Washington in the ninth inning with discomfort in his forearm, and traveled to Pittsburgh 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.