Street is try­ing to save what is left of the sea­son

Los Angeles Times - - SPORTS - By Mike DiGio­vanna mike.digio­vanna@la­ Twit­ter: @MikeDiGio­vanna

A right lat strain side­lined Hus­ton Street for the first 21⁄2 months of the sea­son. Two weeks af­ter re­turn­ing from that in­jury, the An­gels reliever suf­fered a right groin strain that sent him to the dis­abled list July 5.

While re­ha­bil­i­tat­ing from that in­jury, Street was di­ag­nosed with a mild ro­ta­tor cuff strain, an in­jury gen­eral man­ager Billy Ep­pler con­firmed Tues­day and that could put the vet­eran righthander’s sea­son in jeop­ardy.

“I ab­so­lutely want to play, I’m do­ing ev­ery­thing I can, but the body is not co­op­er­at­ing,” Street, 34, said. “This has been an un­for­tu­nate year of set­backs, of new in­jury af­ter new in­jury. You have to get your body in a rhythm, and it’s hard to do when it’s one thing af­ter an­other.”

Street, mo­ti­vated to re­bound from a ca­reer-worst 2016 in which he was 3-2 with a 6.45 ERA in 26 games and sat out three months be­cause of a rib-cage strain and a knee in­jury, lost 15 pounds and low­ered his body fat from 18% to 12% last off­sea­son.

His im­proved con­di­tion did not pre­vent in­jury. Street, who has 324 saves, in­jured his lat in early March. Af­ter re­turn­ing in late June and throw­ing four score­less in­nings, he tried to pitch through dis­com­fort and suf­fered a more se­vere groin strain July 2.

A re­cent MRI test re­vealed the ro­ta­tor cuff strain. Street will not be cleared to throw un­til his symp­toms re­solve.

“I’m still in a hold­ing pat­tern,” Street said. “You’re al­ways frus­trated when you can’t play. The only thing that’s more of a waste of time than los­ing is not play­ing.”

Street is in the fi­nal year of a two-year, $18-mil­lion con­tract that in­cludes a $10-mil­lion op­tion for 2018 that the An­gels can buy out for $1 mil­lion.

As frus­trat­ing as the last two sea­sons have been, he is not ready to give up on 2017.

“I do plan on pitch­ing again this year,” Street said. “That will hap­pen.”

Re­hab re­port

There was more en­cour­ag­ing news for four start­ing pitch­ers re­ha­bil­i­tat­ing from in­juries.

Tyler Sk­aggs, out since April 29 be­cause of a rib-cage strain, gave up three earned runs and five hits, struck out five and walked three in 42⁄3 in­nings for triple-A Salt Lake on Mon­day. Of his 85 pitches, 57 were strikes.

An­gels man­ager Mike Scios­cia said the left-han­der will make one more triple-A start or pitch for the An­gels on Satur­day against Oak­land.

Gar­rett Richards, lim­ited to one April start be­cause of a right bi­ceps strain, has ex­tended his long toss to 150 to 200 feet and could be­gin throw­ing off a mound within a week.

Matt Shoe­maker, out since June 15 be­cause of a right fore­arm ex­ten­sor strain, has ex­tended his long toss to 150 to 200 feet. The right-han­der could throw off a mound Wed­nes­day or Thurs­day and be­gin a mi­nor league re­hab stint next week.

An­drew Heaney, 13 months re­moved from el­bow lig­a­ment re­place­ment surgery, gave up three earned runs and five hits, struck out seven and didn’t walk any­one for Salt Lake against Nashville on Tues­day. His fast­ball was clocked be­tween 88 mph and 92 mph, and of his 81 pitches, 60 were strikes.

“We got a glow­ing re­port from Keith John­son and Erik Ben­nett,” Scios­cia said, re­fer­ring to the triple-A man­ager and pitch­ing coach. “He pitched five strong in­nings. He’s mov­ing closer … but we’re gonna be very con­ser­va­tive on how he moves for­ward.”

Short hops

Ra­mon Flores started in right field for the in­jured Kole Cal­houn on Tues­day night af­ter be­ing called up from Salt Lake. The An­gels also re­called reliever Ed­uardo Pare­des and op­tioned right-han­der Brook Pounders to Salt Lake. … Left fielder Cameron May­bin (right knee sprain) ran the bases ag­gres­sively Mon­day and hit on the field Tues­day. May­bin, side­lined since July 19, could be­gin a mi­nor league stint this week and re­turn to the An­gels dur­ing this home­s­tand. … Reliever An­drew Bai­ley, out since April 10 be­cause of a shoul­der in­jury, threw bullpen ses­sions Satur­day and Mon­day and is sched­uled to re­sume a re­hab as­sign­ment at Salt Lake on Thurs­day.

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