Moving from San Francisco to Colorado, the Rockies look to be without their closer for the foreseeable future:
His arm caked in ice, his right biceps tendon hooked up to an electronic stimulator, Huston Street contemplated what will become of his season.
“Right now it’s wait-and-see and hope the inflammation dies down a little bit,” the Rockies closer said late Wednesday night after biceps tendonitis prevented him from putting the finishing touches on the Rockies’ 5-2 victory the Mets. “You sit back and hope that it gets better. That’s how you have to deal with tendonitis.”
Street has saved 33 of 34 chances. His replacement, Franklin Morales, is actually having a really good season too, so this may not be as gigantic headache as one might think. Morales and Street have essentially identical ERAs and strikeout rates.
Morales walks a few more guys than does Street. Which actually may not be as big a problem for him closing as it is setting up inasmuch as closers are less likely to come into games with men already on base than are eighth inning guys like Morales.
No, you never want to lose your relief ace, but Colorado will probably be OK without him. For a while anyway.
It was assumed already, but Mike Scioscia made it official during Monday’s press conference for new general manager Billy Eppler that he will return as Angels manager in 2016.
Scioscia, the longest-tenured manager in the majors, has been at the helm with the Angels since 2000. There was a clause in his contract which allowed him to opt out after the 2015 season, but he has decided to stay put. He still has three years and $15 million on his contract, which runs through 2018.
Jerry Dipoto resigned as Angels general manager in July amid tension with Scioscia, so there were naturally questions today about what to expect with first-time GM Eppler in the fold. According to David Adler of MLB.com, Scioscia isn’t concerned.
“I think we’re going to mesh very well,” Scioscia said. “If we adjust, or maybe he adjusts to some of the things, there’s going to be collaboration that’s going to make us better.”
Eppler is the fourth general manager during Scioscia’s tenure with the team.
After winning the AL West last season, the Angels finished 85-77 this season and narrowly missed the playoffs. The team hasn’t won a postseason game since 2009.
Astros center fielder Carlos Gomez sat out the final series of the regular season in order to rest a strained left intercostal muscle, but there was good news coming out of a workout today in advance of Tuesday’s Wild Card game vs. the Yankees.
This has been a lingering issue for Gomez, who missed 13 straight games with the injury last month. He aggravated the strain on a throw to home plate last Wednesday and was forced to sit while the Astros fought to keep their season alive. Astros manager A.J. Hinch told reporters last week that Gomez’s injury would typically take 45-50 days to recover from, so it’s fair to wonder how productive he can be during the postseason.
Gomez mostly struggled after coming over from the Brewers at the trade deadline, batting .242 with four home runs and a .670 OPS over 41 games.