TUCSON, Ariz. -- Rockies closer Huston Street hopes slowing down now will speed up his recovery from right shoulder tightness.
Street has twice had his throwing program shut down because of continued inflammation and tightness. But Street said Thursday that he believes the plan of action that head athletic trainer Keith Dugger has given him will have him throwing next week without future delays in his return.
Street said the inflammation has caused muscles to shut down and weaken. The result is he has felt better at times, but after throwing the tightness has returned.
"We fear if I ramp up the throwing, I'll keep getting inflamed and it'll be a long, circular process, so Dugger has me on a program to build it up," Street said.
Street is on a program of exercise using cuff weights and manual exercises from muscles behind the shoulder. Once he has a solid base, he can add intensity at a high range, and return to throwing.
Street joined the Rockies in a trade with the Athletics before last season and converted 35-of-37 save opportunities. But he missed much of September with biceps tendinitis and struggled with further shoulder problems throughout Spring Training. He will begin the season on the disabled list. Lefty Franklin Morales is the first option at closer, although manager Jim Tracy said he will use right-handers for certain matchups.
"I'll start throwing, no set timetable, but I'm hoping by next week," Street said. "And we think because of the strengthening, it'll move more quickly once I start.
"I get impatient and want to throw, but I have to trust them [the Rockies' training and medical personnel]. The got me back healthy last year, and will again this year."