Huston Street was originally expected to be activated from the disabled list tomorrow, but that won’t happen now after he had a setback with his strained left calf.
Street, who landed on the disabled list on August 12, was scratched from a rehab appearance with Triple-A Tucson last night after he still felt something in his calf while running. Corey Brock of MLB.com reports that he’s scheduled to rejoin the Padres on Monday in Los Angeles to be re-evaluated, so his return date is up in the air at the moment.
Street signed a two-year, $14 million extension with the Padres last month and holds an excellent 0.75 ERA and 45/8 K/BB ratio over 36 innings this season. He is a perfect 21-for-21 in save opportunities while his 0.53 WHIP is the lowest ever for a pitcher who has thrown at least 30 innings in a season. Seriously.
Street’s setback means that Luke Gregerson should continue to handle the closer role for now. He notched his third save of the season last night against the Rockies, despite giving up a solo homer to Andrew Brown.
George Springer has been a dynamo out of the leadoff spot for the high-powered Astros this year, hitting 21 homers and driving in 46. He also leads the league in leadoff homers. Today, however, his leadoff appearance was short and ignominious.
Facing Jesse Hahn and the A’s in the Oakland Coliseum for a matinee, Springer was hit in the left hand on the game’s fifth pitch. Watch:
He went down to the dirt and was attended to by trainers before leaving the game. On the way off the field he threw his helmet in disgust. Oftentimes that sort of frustration comes from a player who knows he’s injured. How serious an injury is unknown at the moment. We’ll keep you posted.
Jake Marisnick pinch ran for Springer and came around to score. The Astros lead the A’s 2-0.
Despite dealing with back trouble for five years, Adrian Gonzalez of the Dodgers recently made his first ever trip to the disabled list. Then he made another trip there. All of it has him contemplating his future. As he tells Bill Plunkett of the OC Register, his baseball future may be a short one if his health doesn’t improve:
“I want to get back this year to help the team and for me to be healthy,” Gonzalez said. “But I’m thinking more long-term about being able to play more years.
“Because if I have to deal with this next year again? That’ll probably be it. My contract will be over, that’ll probably be it. I won’t play any more. If I can heal it and my body feels good? Now I can go out there and do the things I can do. Then I’ll keep playing.”
Backs are one of those things that don’t get better as you get older. At least not without a lot of work and effort and good luck. Gonzalez is 35 now, so he’ll need all of that to keep playing beyond his current deal.