Street to throw bullpen; peace of mind for Betancourt
TUCSON _ Closeris scheduled to throw a 25-pitch bullpen Tuesday, one that will be more intense than Sunday when he took another step forward. Getting back on a mound for the first time since he threw batting practice Feb. 26, Street threw 15 pitches at 80 percent Sunday.
, who thrived setting up Street the final two months of last year, began taking anti-inflammatory medication Saturday after being examined by Rockies medical director Dr. Tom Noonan. He diagnosed the tightness Betancourt was feeling in his right shoulder as inflammation.
“Now I know what’s going on,” Betancourt said. Before I was, ‘Hey what is this?’ ”
Like Betancourt, Street is recovering from inflammation in his right shoulder, which he first experienced the day after that batting practice session.
“It was a good feeling today, a really good feeling,” Street said. “And before that we long-tossed as well. So it was the most significant workload we’ve put on it since we backed off. Feeling it now, it’s going to respond just fine, I think.”
Street said he still thinks he’ll be able to get nine exhibition game appearances, which will be in keeping with past springs. He pitched 11 1/3 innings in 11 games last spring, his first with the Rockies. In addition to making appearances on consecutive days _ the norm for relievers as they near the regular season _ Street is hopeful of making one two-inning appearance.