Pirates closer Felipe Vazquez avoids trip to DL despite forearm issue

Pittsburgh Pirates closer Felipe Vazquez says he will avoid a trip to the disabled list after experiencing forearm discomfort.

The hard-throwing left-hander told reporters Monday that he expects to get a day off but that he is not worried about the tightness in his forearm.

Vazquez suffered a third consecutive blown save in Sunday's 6-4 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals. The Pirates announced after the game that Vazquez would undergo more evaluation Monday morning.

The 26-year-old Vazquez, who changed his name from Felipe Rivero earlier this eason, has a 3.54 ERA and nine saves this season.