One perfect inning, one strikeout, no ball making it out of the infield. The upward trend continued from the simulated game in which he was hit hard by friendly bats, to the first outing of spring in which he gave up a two-run home run and now to Sunday’s uneventful, efficient work at the tail end of the Braves 8-2 spring loss to the Tigers.
“I’m excited,” said Grilli, bidding at the age of 39 to regain his closer’s status. “Things are progressing as I expected. I just want to get a little more feel for some things. I’ve probably got four or five more outings. I’m right on track. I don’t want to do too much but in the same sense I’m trying to amp things up the best I can in all facets.”