Street ready to throw BP; Betancourt shows progress

March 9, 2010 | 10:50 am  

TUCSON — Closer Huston Street will rest for two days and throw live batting practice Friday after coming through a 20-pitch bullpen session Tuesday without any problems.

Set-up man Rafael Betancourt, who like Street is recovering from right shoulder inflammation, played catch Tuesday and was very pleased with how his shoulder felt.

When Street finished throwing, pitching coach Bob Apodaca said, “That was terrific.” To which Street said, “I felt strong all the way through 20.”

Street threw 15 pitches in the bullpen at 80 percent Sunday. Street said Tuesday he threw with the “same intensity, same effort, same mentality” he would have warming up for an appearance during the season.

“Sunday went extremely well, probably better than expected as far as my location,” Street said. “Today was even better. Today there was actually some jump to the ball, which is just a sign everything’s kind of letting loose and the body’s taking back over. Today played out as a best-case scenario for what we expected. We wanted to push the envelope effort-wise.”

Betancourt played catch at about 75 feet, saying he made between 30 and 40 throws. He said he felt “very loose” and would increase the distance Wednesday, perhaps to 120 feet.

“I’m very happy the way that I feel,” Betancourt said. “That’s what I was waiting for — to feel that way. And now hopefully, everything’s going to be fine.”