LOS ANGELES -- Huston Street returned to the Rockies bullpen Friday night as the Rockies began a three-game series against the Dodgers.
When the Rockies' closer will return to his accustomed ninth-inning role, however, is still up in the air.
Street and fellow reliever Matt Lindstrom (nerve injury in his right arm) were both activated off the disabled list Friday, but manager Jim Tracy said Rafael Betancourt would remain the team's closer for the time being.
"I'm not just going to throw [Street] back into the closer's role, and I just sat down with him for a few minutes to talk to him," Tracy said. "The work that Rafael Betancourt is doing right now, I don't think it's fair to the club and I don't think it's fair to either individual to flip-flop that out immediately. I think it's much better for us and them if [we] ease Street back in."
Relievers J.C. Romero and Josh Roenicke were optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs to open up spots on the active roster. Both are expected to return to the Rockies when the roster expands on Sept. 1.
Tracy said he would try to use Street, who was on the 15-day DL with a right triceps muscle strain, in the seventh or eighth inning for now.
Street, who has saved 29 games, has a 4.06 ERA and has surrendered a career-high 10 homers in 51 innings.
Street said he feels good and the triceps injury was never particularly serious.
"It really wasn't a major injury by any stretch," Street said. "It needed five or six days to get better, and if that's the case then you've got to go on the DL. ... I really don't feel like I missed a whole lot of time."
Upon entering the visitor's clubhouse at Dodger Stadium, Street said he wanted to resume his closer role as soon as possible. Tracy said Street understood his decision to remain with Betancourt, and took the news well.
Betancourt has three saves and has yet to allow a run in 10 innings this month.
"I'm not going to pull the plug on Betancourt right now, I just can't do it," Tracy said.
Tracy also said he plans to use Lindstrom -- who's 2-1 with a 2.89 ERA in 43 2/3 innings this year -- in a spot similar to right-hander Matt Belisle's role in the seventh and eighth innings.