Angels closer Huston Street Leaves Game to Undergo MRI

Updated: March 3, 2017

Health is going to be a key for the Angels this season, and the injury bug is starting to bite early this year. Closer Huston Street exited his spring debut early Friday afternoon. Street faced just two batters before he left with “irradiated triceps” and will undergo an MRI.

The 33-year-old relief pitcher was looking to bounce back after a rough 2016 season. He appeared in just 26 games last season, the least of his 12 year Major League career. According to R.J. Anderson, Street is nearing 900 appearances which is ninth-most since 2005.

Street has been a workhorse, but sometimes age catches up with you. Street has a career 2.97 ERA with 324 saves and nearly 700 strikeouts. Those are good career numbers, but since joining the Halos, Street is beginning to regress. He’s 7-7 3.49 ERA in 116 games and 66 saves in parts of three seasons with the Angels.

He had a horrendous 2016 campaign, posting a 6.45 ERA with just nine saves. He allowed 31 hits in just 22.1 innings pitched. That was only the second time in Street’s entire career that he’s finished with more hits allowed than innings pitched.

If Street is forced to miss any time both Cam Bedrosian and Andrew Bailey will get a look as closer. Bedrosian is coming off a breakout 2016 season, in 45 games he posted a 1.12 ERA, and allowed just one home run in 40 innings pitched. The 25-year-old is the clear favorite for the future closer role, but only has one career save.

The veteran Bailey is the other possible option at closer. The two-time All-Star picked up six saves in his 12 games with the Angels last season. The 32-year-old has 95 career saves, and could be a short-term fix at the closer role if Street is forced to miss any time on the disabled list.



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