Angels’ reliever Huston Street is expected to miss 3-4 weeks with a Grade 1 lat strain, according to comments made by club GM Billy Eppler on Saturday (via the Los Angeles Times’ Pedro Moura). The right-hander was pulled from his outing against the Brewers on Friday after suffering an unknown injury in the third inning. What looked like right triceps irritation was revealed to be a lat strain after he underwent an MRI following the game.
Street is no stranger to the disabled list. He missed two months of the 2016 season after undergoing knee surgery and has spent part of every major league season rehabbing various leg, elbow and shoulder ailments. Last year, beset by an oblique strain, hamstring cramp and chronic medial knee pain, he delivered a career-worst 6.45 ERA, 4.8 BB/9 and 5.6 SO/9 over just 22 1/3 innings with the Angels.
That performance, as well as his recent setback, will jeopardize Street’s chances of hanging onto the closer’s role come Opening Day. Waiting in the wings are two capable right-handers, Andrew Bailey and Cam Bedrosian, though Moura notes that Bedrosian is currently sidelined with a groin strain.
Tim Tebow isn’t letting go of his major league dreams just yet. The former NFL quarterback is slated to appear with the Mets during spring training this year, extending what initially looked like an ill-fated career choice for at least one more season. Per the club’s official announcement on Friday, he’ll join a group of spring training invitees that includes top-30 prospects like Peter Alonso, P.J. Conlon, Patrick Mazeika and David Thompson.
Tebow, 30, hasn’t taken to professional baseball as gracefully as expected. He batted a cumulative .226/.309/.347 with eight home runs and a .656 OPS in 486 plate appearances for Single-A Columbia and High-A St. Lucie in 2017. While that wasn’t enough to compel the Mets to give the aging outfielder a big league tryout, there’s no denying that Tebow brought substantial benefit to their minor league affiliates — in the form of increased attendance figures and ticket sales, that is.
Even after the Mets were booted from the NL East race last September, they resisted the idea of promoting Tebow for a late-season attendance boost of their own. That’s not to say they’re planning on taking the same approach in 2018; Tebow will undoubtedly get his cup of coffee in the majors at some point, but for now, a Grapefruit League tryout is likely as close as he’ll ever get to playing with the team’s big league roster on an everyday basis.