Tag:Huston Street
Posted on: December 23, 2010 5:17 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 12:12 pm
 

Rockies get Lindstrom

Matt Lindstrom The Rockies did a little last-minute Christmas shopping, getting reliever Matt Lindstrom from the Astros, as reported by Thomas Harding of MLB.com.

The Astros reportedly were trying to move Lindstrom for salary reasons, as he's arbitration-eligible, but after making $1.625 million last year, he should still be fairly affordable for Colorado. Lindstrom, 30, was 2-5 with a 4.39 ERA and 23 saves in 58 appearances last season. He started the season as Houston's closer before being sidetracked by back issues.

Harding thinks Lindstrom was acquired as insurance in case Houston Street can't stay healthy. No word yet on what the Rockies gave up in the trade.

UPDATE: The Astos have announced the deal officially, and get back right-hander Jonnathan Aristil and left-hander Wes Musick.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: December 16, 2010 9:23 pm
Edited on: December 16, 2010 11:50 pm
 

Rockies on hunt for reliever

Aardsma The Rockies are determined to get a right-handed reliever, but won't dip into the market requiring three-years for middle relievers.

The Denver Post 's Troy Renck reports on Twitter that Colorado has discussed a deal for Mariners closer David Aardsma (pictured), who would likely compete with Huston Street for that honor for the Rockies. Aardsma is eligible for arbitration and could be due around $4 million, which could make Colorado skittish.

That's not the Rockies's only option, though.

Other names include Todd Coffey, Jon Rauch, Chad Qualls and Grant Balfour. Balfour is a Type-A free agent, so would necessitate a sign-and-trade for Colorado to be interested. However, the other names are extremely unlikely to get a three-year commitment, if not two years. Renck feels that the Rockies will land one of the aforementioned names.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: October 16, 2010 12:52 am
 

R.I.P. Rockies: Talented trio not enough

As the sports world waits for the crowning of a champion, 22 other teams are busy preparing for spring training. What went wrong for these teams, and what does 2011 hold? MLB Facts and Rumors here at CBS Sports will be answering those questions through all of October. Today: The Colorado Rockies.

For a while there, it looked like the Rockies were going to do it again.

A 15-12 August, followed by a 10-game winning streak in early September, got the Rockies in position to pull off another of their late-season runs toward the playoffs. They were just a game back in the National League West on September 18, and Troy Tulowitzki was playing like Superman.

But alas, it was not to be. In fact, they finished in exactly the opposite fans hoped, dropping an amazing 13 of 14 to finish the season in third place, nine games out.

WHAT WENT WRONG

The Rockies got some amazing performances from their star players, but didn’t get enough help beyond those guys.

Second base was a disaster, as Clint Barmes batted .235. Todd Helton struggled with a bum back and saw his average drop 69 points. Outfielder Brad Hawpe, an All-Star a year earlier, was so bad the team released him in August. The guy who finished 2009 as the closer, Franklin Morales, got demoted. Chris Iannetta signed a three-year contract and completely forgot how to hit. Beyond the stellar Ubaldo Jimenez, none of the starters managed to finish more than a game over .500.

Troy Tulowitzki And then there were the injuries, of which the Rockies had more than their share. Aaron Cook had his leg broken by a line drive. Huston Street started the season hurt and his replacement, Manny Corpas, ended up with Tommy John surgery.  Tulowitzki broke his wrist. Four of the five starting pitchers went on the disabled list.

The other major factor was Colorado’s miserable performance on the road. A year after notching a winning road record, they went just 31-50.

WHAT WENT RIGHT

Three things went very right: Tulowitzki, Jimenez and Carlos Gonzalez.

Jimenez provided the highlight of the year April 17 when he pitched the franchise’s first no-hitter (after 18 years) in Atlanta. Jimenez was untouchable in the first half of the season, going into the All-Star break 15-1 with a 2.20 ERA. Reality caught up to him in the second half, when he went 4-7, but he still finished as a 19-game winner.

Tulowitzki had one of the most spectacular months anyone has ever put together, with 15 homers and 40 RBI in the season’s final 30 games. The Rockies only had six other players with as many as 40 RBI FOR THE SEASON, let alone in a month. Tulowitzki overcame the wrist injury to finish with a .315 average and a .919 OPS.

Gonzalez arrived in a big way in his first full season, putting together an MVP-worthy campaign. He won the batting title, had 117 RBI and finished with a .974 OPS, leading the league in total bases. On July 31, he hit a walkoff homer to complete a cycle. He was just fun to watch all season.
 
HELP ON THE WAY

Chris Nelson’s time may have arrived after the problems the Rockies had at second base. Nelson batted .280 in 17 major-league games and .313 the rest of the season at Triple-A.
 
EXPECTATIONS FOR 2011

The Rockies have a nice core to work with, and the NL West showed itself to be up for grabs this season. A little better luck with injuries, another bat and better play on the road, and there’s no reason they shouldn’t contend next year.

Todd Helton SUGGESTIONS FOR 2011

The Rockies need to get deeper. They have some weapons, but this year showed they need a better supporting cast.

Word is they’re looking for another impact bat and interested in Victor Martinez. If Martinez is open to converting eventually to be a full-time first baseman, it would be a great fit. They could let Miguel Olivo go, hope Martinez can mentor Iannetta, and prepare for life after Helton.

Seth Smith is probably no longer in the plans as an everyday outfielder, and there are some options out there.

The Rockies also have to figure out the rotation, as they’re probably going to lose Jorge De La Rosa and have an option on Jeff Francis that’s probably too rich for the Rockies’ blood.

2011 PREDICTION

The Rockies could actually be headed for a step back, simply because Tulowitzki, Gonzalez and Jimenez are statistically unlikely to repeat what they did this season. If the supporting players don’t step up, it could be another third-place finish.

Check out the rest of the R.I.P. reports here.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: September 1, 2010 7:37 pm
Edited on: September 1, 2010 7:37 pm
 

Tommy John for Rockies' Corpas

Manuel Corpas
Joining this week's Tommy John roll call: Rockies reliever Manuel Corpas.

The 27-year-old right-hander, who had a solid stint as Colorado's closer while Huston Street was out, hurt himself August 25. He was initially diagnosed with a strain of the ulnar collateral ligament, but a second opinion on Wednesday confirmed the worst, that he needs ligament replacement surgery. Corpas will probably miss the entire 2011 season.

Franklin Morales was recalled last week to assume Corpas' setup role.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: July 28, 2010 9:46 pm
Edited on: July 28, 2010 11:14 pm
 

Pirates' Ohlendorf hit in the head


Ross Ohlendorf Pirates right-hander Ross Ohlendorf left the field in Denver under his own power after being hit in the right side of his head by Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki.

The ball hit Ohlendorf near the temple and he dropped to his knees on the mound as the ball went into right field for an RBI single.

Ohlendorf was examined on the field and walked off under assistance by the team's trainer.

Sean Gallagher replaced Ohlendorf.

It's been a rough series for pitchers at Coors Field. Yesterday, Rockies closer Huston Street was hit in "the pelvic region" during batting practice and was taken off the field in an ambulance. He was back at the field, but not ready to play, on Wednesday. Let's hope Ohlendorf does the same.

UPDATE: Great news from Coors Field, where Ohlendorf has returned to the stadium after undergoing a CT scan, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 's Rob Biertempfel tweets .

UPDATE 2: Ohlendorf wasn't the only one on the Pirates payroll to head to the hospital on Wednesday. Biertempfel (blogging this time) reports Aki Iwamura was taken to the hospital after a collision with the first baseman on an infield single.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 27, 2010 7:02 pm
Edited on: July 27, 2010 9:27 pm
 

Rockies closer Street injured by line drive


Huston Street Sounds like a scary scene in Denver, where Huston Street has been taken away in an ambulance this afternoon after being struck by a line drive during batting practice.

Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports via Twitter that Street was playing catch in the outfield when a line drive hit by teammate Ian Stewart struck him in the midsection. He was attended by trainers and taken away on a stretcher. Trainer Keith Dugger told Harding that Street was hit in the pelvic area and fainted "2 or 3 times" from pain. He was taken to Rose Medical Center in Denver.

It's amazing that this kind of injury doesn't happen all the time. Pitchers stand in the outfield while position players hit, and they play catch, stretch, chat and keep half an eye on the baseballs flying toward them. Hopefully this isn't a serious injury for Street, who just returned to action June 23 after missing 2 1/2 months with shoulder and groin problems.

We'll update as details become available.

-- David Andriesen

UPDATE: A more complete stpry is available via CBSSports.com wire services here.

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Category: MLB
Posted on: June 21, 2010 11:54 am
 

Despite Street's return, Corpas still Rox closer

Huston Street The return of Huston Street couldn't have come at a better time for the Rockies, who are struggling with the loss of star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki for two months.

Street has yet to throw a major-league pitch on the season as he recovers from shoulder stiffness and a groin injury sustained during rehab. Now that the closer is on the verge of returning, questions have arisen whether he will replace Manny Corpas immediately.

Despite Corpas allowing a total eight earned runs over two games and registering just two outs, manager Jim Tracy is steadfast in saying Corpas will remain the closer even when Street returns.

Corps saw his 2.37 ERA spike to 4.19 over the weekend, which obscures the strong season he's had to date in which he's had his best season since the magical 2007 run that saw Colorado capture the NL pennant.

"Manny is the guy who has gotten us to the point where we are at right now and in a pennant race in the National League West," Jim Tracy told the Denver Post . "He's the guy we've handed the ball to in the ninth inning for the better part of two months. He threw a couple of bad pitches [Sunday]."

Even though Corpas is expected to remain as closer when Street returns, it's likely only a temporary arrangement. Tracy wants Street to to get his legs under him in his return to the majors instead of throwing him into the fire immediately. Once Street proves he's ready for high-pressure situations, it's likely Corpas will be removed from the closer's job.

Street racked up 35 saves in 2009, his first season with Colorado after being traded from Oakland.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: June 20, 2010 5:26 pm
Edited on: June 20, 2010 7:59 pm
 

Street back Tuesday for Rockies

Huston Street Rockies closer Huston Street, last seen blowing a two-run, ninth-inning lead to end Colorado's season last year in the first round of the playoffs, will be activated by the Rockies on Tuesday, according to Tracy Ringolsby of insidetherockies.com.

Street has been on the disabled list since March with shoulder inflammation. He might be healthy, but his rehab assignments show he still may need some time to knock the rust off. In seven appearances for Triple-A Colorado Springs, Street put up a 10.29 ERA. In his last outing on Saturday, he gave up three runs in 1 1/3 innings and was ejected for arguing balls and strikes.

Manuel Corpas has been closing in Street's absence and doing so admirably -- until a rough weekend, he was 9 for 11 in save opportunities and had allowed only two earned runs since May 15. That gives the Rockies the ability to ease Street back in, but make no mistake, Street will retake the role of closer. For one thing, he's in the first year of a three-year, $22.5 million contract.

Ringolsby says that to make room for Street, the Rockies will likely send out either Juan Rincon or Franklin Morales.

-- David Andriesen

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