DENVER -- Rockies closer Huston Street's long and winding path back to the Major Leagues took a small step forward with a 20-pitch bullpen session at Coors Field on Tuesday afternoon.
Street has battled shoulder tightness since Spring Training. During his second injury rehab start for Double-A Tulsa on May 15, Street suffered a groin strain. Until Monday, he was relegated to playing long toss.
Several times throughout the rehabilitation process, Street, who converted 35 of 37 save chances last year, spoke with anticipation that a return to the Majors was near. On Tuesday, he spoke with the caution befitting a man hoping the emotional roller-coaster ride will end soon. Street said he also did strength training and will continue to build confidence that he's healthy. He has not yet heard what the next step will be.
"It's been one of those unfortunate sets of events," Street said. "We've gotten past my shoulder. Now we're just trying to get past this. It's frustrating more than anything just because it's time -- it's time away from your team. I haven't played this season. It's a tough reality to face, but I can't do anything about the past however many days it's been. I can just try to get back as fast as possible."
Left-hander Jorge De La Rosa, who was 3-1 with a 3.91 ERA in three starts before going to the disabled list with a ligament band tear in his left middle finger, threw from 70 feet. He said he felt fine when he took the protective wrapping off for the final 10 throws. He hasn't graduated to throwing on a mound yet.