By Manny Randhawa/for Sports on Earth

It was here, 355 days ago, that Jason Grilli crumpled to the infield grass between the pitcher’s mound and first base in agony. Pitching for the Braves against the Rockies in a 2-2 game during the ninth inning at Coors Field, Grilli induced a ground ball wide of first, and was sprinting to cover the bag with his 38-year-old legs.

Mid-stride, Grilli’s left Achilles tendon ruptured. As he lay writhing and screaming in pain, there was a strong sense that not only was this a serious injury, but one that might end his 15-year big league career.

“Did I think it was over? No. Not with everything I’ve been through,” Grilli told Sports On Earth this week.

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