The Los Angeles Angels announced Tuesday they placed closer Huston Street on the disabled list with inflammation in his right knee.

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Street Avoids Serious Injury

Tuesday, Aug. 2 

The Angels announced Street’s MRI “showed inflammation” in his knee, but “no structural damage.” They noted the closer received a cortisone injection to decrease the inflammation.  

Knee Problems Add to Disappointing Year for Street

Street is coming off his worst appearance of the season. He allowed five earned runs in 0.2 innings pitched in a 5-3 loss to the Boston Red Sox on July 31.

The 33-year-old is also having the worst season of his MLB career. According to FanGraphs, his 6.45 ERA is 12th-highest among relievers with at least 20 innings pitched, while his 6.40 FIP is seventh-worst.

In an interview with the Los Angeles TimesMike DiGiovanna on July 17, Street said some of his issues on the mound stemmed from coming back too early from a strained oblique that hampered him earlier in the year:

I don’t regret anything because when I came back, the bullpen needed me. But at end of the day, you can’t escape sometimes when you rush back from an injury and you don’t do all the rehab. That was totally my decision. I didn’t think an oblique would affect me that much. But I have a second half to fix the season. I’ve always had one stretch where I’ve gone 10 straight scoreless outings. If I do that once in second half and pitch like I have my whole career, I’ll end up with an ERA in the twos.

Street’s absence is unlikely to have a major impact on the Angels. The team is already well out of the playoff hunt in the American League West.

The silver lining is that Los Angeles manager Mike Scioscia can insert Cam Bedrosian in at closer. In 43 appearances, Bedrosian has a 0.92 ERA and 48 strikeouts. Street’s injury removed the only possible barrier to the 24-year-old handling ninth-inning duties.

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