- There’s good news and bad news for Huston Street. The good news is that the Los Angeles Angels closer hasn’t suffered another season-ending injury but the bad news is that he has been diagnosed with a grade 1 lat strain which will shut him down for three to four weeks and make him unlikely to be ready for Opening Day per Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times. Street missed most of last season with oblique and knee injuries and was only able to pitch 22.1 innings of relief work for the Angels. He did rack up 40 saves in 2015 as he pitched to a 3.18 ERA over 62.1 innings of work. When healthy he has been an effective closer over the course of his career. The Angels are hoping to have a more competitive season in 2017 after a dismal 2016 and having a healthy closer would certainly go a long way as the Angels have dealt with a lot of injuries to their roster the last few years.
News and Notes:
- After a visit to see Dr. James Andrews on Friday, lefty David Price has learned that he will not need to have elbow surgery. Instead, he has been diagnosed with a mild flexor strain and some bone spurs, per Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe, and is expected to open the season on the disabled list though the exact amount of time he is expected to be out is still unclear.
- Royals outfielder Lorenzo Cain is a free agent after this season and is hoping to have some dialogue with the Royals front office on an extension to keep him in Kansas City.
- Extension talks with the Rangers and infielder Rougned Odor has slowed some as there is still a sizable gap between the two per John Heyman of Fan Rag Sports.