With Street out, who closes?
Colorado Rockies closeris nearly certain to begin this season on the disabled list while batting problems with his shoulder. In the meantime, the team has several candidates to replace him temporarily:
: Manager has already ruled him out as he’s battling his own spring injuries and might find himself on the disabled list on opening day. But if Street’s problem lingers and Betancourt returns promptly, he could return to the mix.
: He has the go-to guy when Street was out last year and was mostly a success. He battled control problems near the end of his time on the job, but when he’s on and focused, he’s the most dangerous arm in the bullpen. He has struggled this spring and currently owns an 11.74 ERA.
: He’s been the Rockies closer before and has twice lost the job, once in 2008 and again early last season after briefly reclaiming it from Street. He has the experience, but he also has a 7.11 ERA in six appearances this spring.
: A longshot, but he closed in Colorado Springs last season and was reliable when he returned to the Rockies in September. He hasn’t been scored upon in three appearances this spring.
Taylor Buchholz: The Rockies aren’t planning for his return until later this summer, but he is scheduled to face live hitters this weekend, far ahead of schedule. Replacing Street to start the season isn’t going to happen, but if the problem is more serious, Buchholz re-enters the picture.
So whaddya think? Is anyone here the man of the hour, or should the Rockies look elsewhere?