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Pittsburgh Pirates All-Star closer Jason Grilli has no intention of sitting out the pennant race. 

Grilli said Monday he's "going to be ready before the season's out, you can mark my word on that." The 36-year-old right-hander hasn't pitched since straining the flexor tendon in his throwing arm last Monday against Washington.

Doctors have ordered Grilli to rest for at least another week before deciding whether to start a throwing program. The team has given no timetable for his return but the typical healing period is 1-2 months. 

Grilli has converted 30 of 31 save opportunities this season for the Pirates. The team begins an important five-game series with NL Central-leading St. Louis on Monday. Mark Melancon is 2 for 2 since taking over the closing role for Grilli a week ago.

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