Rockies give Street chance to rest

Rockies give Street chance to rest

PITTSBURGH -- Rockies closer Huston Street, up in the zone and over the plate while blowing the save and taking the loss in Saturday's 8-7 defeat to the Pirates, will not be used on Sunday, Rockies manager Jim Tracy said.

The decision had everything to do with Street having appeared in three straight games, not with his performance on Saturday, when he gave up three runs on a walk and two hits, including Pedro Alvarez's game-winning, three-run homer.

The difficult balance has been the workload for Street, who missed the first 69 games with right shoulder and right groin injuries. Street had given up three runs in two of his last four appearances. In those, he walked three batters, all of whom scored.

Fatigue might be a concern, but Street needs regular work to stay sharp. That was borne out last year when he struggled in April but ended up converting 35-of-37 save chances during the regular season.

"To sit here and say he is completely sharp would be somewhat of a misnomer." Tracy said. "Periodically, the ball has been up. He's not as sharp as he was this time last year, and 20 innings might've had something to do with that.

"He was feeling his way along in the early part of the season last year, and then locked it in. Unfortunately, we went through the first three months of this season and I never wrote his name on the lineup card."

Street insisted he isn't tired.

"I feel like I've had plenty of time off. In the second half, I've had long stretches where I've been off," Street said. "It's three or four days off, pitch, three or four days off, pitch. So I've had plenty of rest. I was telling somebody I feel I'm better when I get more work."