Huston Street probably won’t be breaking the record for most homers allowed by a closer, but unfortunately the Rockies it’s because he was placed on the disabled list with a strained triceps muscle.
To take Street’s spot on the roster the Rockies activated Jason Giambi, who’s been on the DL since July 26 with a quadriceps injury. He’ll resume filling a bench role behind Todd Helton and the Rockies could look to trade him before August 31, with Giambi saying previously that he’d like to re-sign with Colorado this offseason even if he’s moved.
As for replacing Street in the closer role, Rafael Betancourt is presumably the favorite for saves, particularly after the Rockies said they’re not looking to deal the 36-year-old right-hander. Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that Street’s injury is not believed to be serious, so he should be back for most of September.
Jake Arrieta‘s bat is in midseason form already. The Cubs’ ace swatted a solo home run to center field off of Zack Greinke in Thursday afternoon’s Grapefruit League exhibition game, his first homer of the spring.
The blast went 465 feet, according to MLB.com’s Daren Willman.
Arrieta has hit two home runs in each of the past two seasons. Madison Bumgarner (eight) and Noah Syndergaard (four) are the only other pitchers to match or exceed his output in that department.
Greinke, meanwhile, is hoping to bounce back after a miserable 2016 season. He finished with an uncharacteristic 4.37 ERA in 26 starts in his first year with the Diamondbacks.
Angels first baseman Luis Valbuena will miss the next four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Valbuena, 31, signed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Angels in January and was on track to get the lion’s share of the playing time at first base. While he’s out, however, C.J. Cron will handle first base on a regular basis. When Valbeuna returns, the two will likely form a platoon.
Last year with the Astros, Valbuena hit a solid .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances.