Huston Street has been dominant while healthy this year for the Padres. His 0.75 ERA ranks him best
among all of baseball’s closers. He has 21 saves despite missing quite a bit of time on the disabled list earlier in the year. And health is a concern for Street. As he picked up his 21st save last night and was running to cover first on the last out of the game, Street came up lame. There is no word on the severity of the injury, but he says it’s his calf.
Bud Black, the Padres manager told reporters after the game that he was not optimistic about the injury:
“We got some ice on it,” manager Bud Black said. “We don’t know the significance of it. As always, we’ll see how it sets up overnight. But my early premonition is that it’s going to put him out for a while. Hopefully I’m wrong.”
Street has been the most reliable closer in baseball. He hasn’t blown a save all season long and he has helped the Padres to their current five-game winning streak. San Diego is no stranger to injuries to pitchers though. Almost their entire starting staff – a total of nine pitchers – has hit the disabled list at one point or another. Their bullpen hasn’t been safe either.
When Street was injured earlier in the year, the Padres used Dale Thayer as their closer. He performed well and picked up five saves.