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Padres lose Street to shoulder injury, fifth SD pitcher to go down since spring

By Scott Miller | Senior Baseball Columnist
SAN DIEGO -- A rough season for the Padres got even worse on Friday.

Closer Huston Street suffered a right posterior shoulder strain and is expected to land on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday. Though he was encouraged because the pain is more in his lat than in his shoulder, Street will undergo an MRI exam on Saturday and the Padres will go from there.

Street was working the 10th inning of an 8-8 game and was facing his third hitter when he motioned to the dugout after throwing ball four to Logan Morrison.

Acquired from the Rockies last December, Street figured to be prime trade bait for the rebuilding Padres as the July trade deadline nears. He is 0-0 with four saves and a 0.93 ERA in 10 appearances this season.

Meanwhile, starter Cory Luebke underwent an MRI exam on Wednesday and indications are that he will undergo surgery and be lost for the season.

Luebke, 27, was one of the brighter young players for a team with not nearly enough of them. He is 3-1 with a 2.61 ERA in five starts and, on March 30, signed a four-year, $12 million deal.

Street and Luebke are the fourth and fifth pitchers injured since spring training, following Tim Stauffer, Dustin Moseley and Micah Owings.
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