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MIAMI -- Jason Grillis arm injury was diagnosed as a flexor strain, and theres a chance the Pittsburgh Pirates All-Star closer will pitch again this season. wholesale jerseys . Dr. James Andrews ruled out surgery and said the 36-year-old Grilli should rest his arm for 10 to 14 days. A pitcher with such an injury typically is sidelined four to eight weeks, Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said. The regular season ends in nine weeks, and the Pirates are in playoff contention. Manager Clint Hurdle was pleased to learn about Grillis prognosis. "About as good as we could hope for," Hurdle said Friday before his team began a weekend series in Miami. "Im happy for him, Im happy for us. Theres a chance we can get him back still with a lot of games left on the docket." Grilli, who was tied for the National League lead with 30 saves, hurt his arm Monday against the Washington Nationals. Mark Melancon will continue to fill in for Grilli as the closer, and Hurdle said he probably wont designate a specific reliever for the seventh or eighth innings. "It could be more of a committee setup," he said. "Were probably not going to pinpoint anybody." Grilli was examined by team doctors and then received a second opinion from Andrews, who performed reconstructive elbow surgery on the right-hander 11 years ago. Grilli, who has endured an injury-plagued career, entered the season with only five career saves but has thrived in the closers role and made the All-Star team for the first time. cheap jerseys from china . The Flames announced Monday that Treliving, a former assistant general manager with the Coyotes, will take over the vacant GM spot in Calgary. "Im ready for this,"Treliving said. cheap jerseys . -- Alex Ovechkins ice time keeps shrinking in the playoffs, all the way down to a career-low 13 1/2 minutes in Game 2 of the Washington Capitals Eastern Conference semifinal against the New York Rangers. HUMBLE, Texas -- Ernie Els is approaching the Houston Open like any other tournament, and not worrying about the bigger prize at stake. Els must win this week to qualify for next weeks Masters and avoid missing the seasons first major for the first time since 1993. But hell consider winning at Redstone a bonus, and is more focused on building on the strong start to his year. "You cant go into a week putting pressure on yourself to win to get into another week," Els said Wednesday. "I just want to have a good week. If I can win, obviously, that would be absolutely wonderful. But my goal here is not to get into the Masters, its to play the Shell Houston Open as good as I can. "If I get into the Masters, thats great. If I dont, then Ive had many Masters that I can look back at, and Ill get back in there next year." The three-time major winner had his chances in recent weeks, earning top-5 finishes at Tampa and Bay Hill. But he missed crucial short putts late in both tournaments and seems resigned to the reality that he wont be at Augusta next week. "Itll be a very weird feeling," Els said. "Since Ive been a professional at this level, Ive played at the Masters, so itll be a very weird feeling not to be there. Ill miss it." The Masters could still offer a special invitation to Els, like tournament officials did for Greg Norman in 2002. Ryo Ishikawa, a nine-time winner on the Japan Golf Tour, has a special invitation this year. Els isnt expecting a call between now and Sunday, when the Masters field will be set. "It is an invitational event," he said, "and they have their reasons to invite somebody or not, and thats the sad part. Ill probably miss it for the first time in 18 or 19 years. My streak will come to an end, unfortunately. "I cant blame the Masters people for not inviting me. Ive put myself in this position by not playing very well." Phil Mickelson is the defending champion in Houston, and the field also includes local favourite Fred Couples and international stars Lee Westwood, Padraig Harrington and Graeme McDowell, the runner-up to Tiger Woods at Bay Hill last week. The tournament became the run-up event to the Masters in 2007, and organizers have embraced the distinction. TThe course is manicured to simulate conditions at Augusta, with light rough, fairways mowed toward the tees, shaved mounds and slick greens. wholesale nfl jerseys. The setup has generated mostly positive feedback among the pros, particularly among international players. This year, the field has 40 players representing 17 countries outside of the United States, both tournament records. "They really go the extra mile with the details," said McDowell, playing here for the first time since 2006. "Its a nice test, without being too difficult." Mickelson has played here every year since 2008 and he tied for 35th in 2010, when he won his third Masters. Last year, Mickelson shot 63-65 in the final two rounds to win by three shots, but then didnt break 70 in four rounds at Augusta and tied for 27th. Mickelson practiced at Augusta earlier this week and was expected to arrive in Houston on Wednesday. He said after Bay Hill that the smooth, fast greens at Redstone provide a good tuneup for the Masters, but other aspects of the course do not. "Theres water constantly pinching in the fairways and theres no chipping areas," Mickelson said. "Youre either in the bunker, or in water. There are no chipping areas around the course to help you prepare for the Masters, so its really not that great." Mickelson will play the first two rounds with defending Masters champion Charl Schwartzel and Couples, who played at the University of Houston and draws immense galleries here every year. The 52-year-old Couples has made 18 consecutive cuts in Houston and earned his last win on the regular tour here in 2003, when the event was played at the nearby members course. Couples is coming off a victory on the Champions Tour, but missed the cut in his only other start on the regular tour this year, at Riviera. "I want to compete, I want to play well," Couples said. "I dont want to come and play the Houston Open and feel more pressure, because Im playing with guys that are better than I am. They hit it better, they play more, theyre better putters and chippers. But I still have the savvy on how to get the ball around." Shell has been the tournaments title sponsor since 1992, the third-longest tenure on tour. The oil companys current contract runs through 2017. ' ' '

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