UPDATE: Huston Street has a latissimus dorsi strain. Also known as a lat strain. Four to six weeks RTP depending on severity. Start of season at risk. Therapy, antinflammatories, and performance training will occur over the next few weeks
Los Angeles Angels closer Huston Street was pulled from his first appearance of the Spring on Thursday due to a “irritated” tricep and is awaiting results of an MRI. He currently ranks third among active pitchers in total saves with 324.
According to the Fantasy Doctor’s Dr. Selene Parekh, the “irritation” is likely caused by inflammation. The closer will be back anywhere from one to four weeks, depending on severity. The injury requires therapy, performance training and anti-inflammatories but he does not think the injury will cause him to miss Opening Day.
However, Street struggled with a multitude of injuries in 2016, including knee surgery that ended his season in August. The Angels may look to give the veteran ample rest before giving him the green light to go back out there. Even if the recovery takes four weeks,the longest time period suggested by Dr. Parekh, he should be back in time for the team’s first game on Apr. 1.
But because Street is expected back before the start of the season, their are no fantasy implications. The Angels will use this opportunity to let its young bullpen battle it out.
Right-handed pitcher Cam Bedrosian had a breakout 2016 season, striking out 51 batters across 40.1 innings while posting a low 1.12 earned run average. The Angels could be grooming him as the closer of the future and he will get an extended look in spring training. If his ERA continues to be remotely close to what it was last season, Street is going to have a tough time hanging on to the job even when healthy. Bedrosian will be worth monitoring throughout the season in case Street goes down again.
Andrew Bailey is another name who garners consideration at closer while Street is injured. He had a 5.36 ERA in 45 appearances with the Angels last season. The team even turned to him to take over as closer once Street was declared out for the season. Bailey played well with the gig in September, posting a 2.61 ERA and six saves.
Street had a 6.26 ERA in 2016 when he was healthy enough to pitch. It is increasingly concerning for fantasy owners and the Angels organization that Street has become injury-plagued in the last calendar year. Street turns 34 in August. Los Angeles may use Street’s to help determine the heir to the closer job.