ANAHEIM — When the Angels transferred Huston Street to the 60-day disabled list on Monday, he was assured of not pitching in a major-league game before May 29.
For Street, who hasn’t pitched since straining a muscle near his armpit in spring training, the move was disappointing but justified.
“I think my timeline was somewhere around middle, late, end of May,” Street said. “Individually, it goes back to that ideal: do you want to get five innings or eight innings (of rehab)? How long do you want the ‘spring training’ to be? Now, putting me back to June 1, it allows you to get kind of that full spring training in rehab, which probably will be beneficial to me.”
Scioscia said the decision was only made “over the last week or so.” Street still hasn’t thrown off a mound, though he’s getting close. The pitcher said he is planning to throw from flat ground four straight days, then taking a day off Tuesday.
Street might get his first mound work in when the Angels travel to Texas for a three-game series with the Rangers beginning next Friday. Even that hasn’t been determined yet, but being pain-free and on track is encouragement enough for the 33-year-old right-hander.
“You never like being put on the 60-day, but I should be ready by June 1,” he said.
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Garrett Richards still hasn’t picked up a baseball since his last start, and Scioscia said there’s no timetable for Richards to begin a throwing program. The right-hander has been on the 10-day disabled list since April 6 with a right biceps injury.
J.C. Ramirez has gone 0-2 in Richards’ stead, allowing eight runs in 11-1/3 innings over two starts. On Friday, Alex Meyer became the seventh pitcher to start a game for the Angels this season.
To make room for Meyer on the 25-man roster, the Angels placed reliever Mike Morin on the 10-day DL with neck tightness.
Morin was scheduled to undergo tests on his neck Friday. Scioscia said the problem had been simmering for a week, then flared up on the Angels’ recent trip to Houston. The DL move is retroactive to Thursday, so Morin is eligible to be activated April 30.
Luis Valbuena (hamstring) began running the bases Friday. The infielder could head out on a rehab assignment “within 5 to 7 days, depending on when he comes out of the workouts,” Scioscia said.
Pitcher Andrew Bailey, on the 10-day DL since April 10 with right shoulder inflammation, began a throwing program Friday.
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