Colorado Rockies closer Huston Street received encouraging news when the MRI on his ailing right shoulder revealed no structural damage.
The MRI was done Wednesday after Street felt tightness in his shoulder. He felt fine after throwing 25 pitches Monday in a simulated game but felt tightness in the shoulder while playing catch Tuesday and underwent the MRI the following day.
“It’s as good a news as we could’ve hoped for,” Street said. “No structural damage. Now it’s just trying to build back up again and try not to have any more flare-ups and get on a mound and develop a routine.”
Street will open the regular season on the disabled list.
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Scully doing OK
Hall of Fame announcer Vin Scully was released from the hospital Friday after bumping his head, and is looking forward to broadcasting a Dodgers exhibition game this weekend.
Scully, 82, went to the hospital Thursday night as a precaution after he got up from bed too quickly, fell and hit his head, team spokesman Josh Rawitch said.
Scully plans to work Sunday’s Dodgers-Indians game in Arizona, his first spring training game this year.
Rangers’ Hunter out
Texas Rangers right-hander Tommy Hunter likely will miss opening day with a strained left ribcage muscle.
The 23-year-old was warming up in the bullpen ahead of his start Thursday night against the Milwaukee Brewers when he said he felt a twinge in his left side.
Hunter, 9-6 in 19 starts a year ago, had been a leading candidate for one of the two final spots in the Rangers’ starting rotation.
Albert Pujols hit his first home run of the spring, but right-hander Chris Carpenter was pounded for seven runs Friday in the St. Louis Cardinals’ 7-6 loss to the Florida Marlins in Jupiter, Fla. Carpenter gave up six runs on seven hits in the first inning. … Johan Santana’s outing against his former team elicited fond memories if not a positive result. Santana lasted 3 innings, allowing nine hits and five runs in the News York Mets’ 7-3 loss to the Minnesota Twins in Port St. Lucie, Fla. … Toronto right-hander Dustin McGowan pitched 12/3 innings Friday against minor leaguers in his first game in nearly 21 months. McGowan expressed some dissatisfaction with the 36-pitch performance, and said he accepts that he won’t be on the opening day roster.