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Huston Street is going to be out a while, but the Rockies should survive

Sep 3, 2009, 10:50 AM EDT

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.

  1. Through thick and thin Rockies fan - Sep 3, 2009 at 11:40 AM

    The Rockies will find a way. Each player contributes to the TEAM effort. Each and every player comes to the ballpark with a “what’s best for the team” attitude. It’s just great to see them play for the love of the sport. Fans and players alike will be a-ok. Right now, it’s a truly fun rollercoaster ride!
    ROCKIES ROCK!!!

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