Angels put Street on DL with strained oblique

Angels put Street on DL with strained oblique

ANAHEIM -- Angels closer Huston Street suffered a strained left oblique while warming up prior to Wednesday's game and was officially placed on the 15-day disabled list on Thursday.

The recovery time on this type of injury tends to vary, with fellow reliever Mike Morin missing nearly six weeks when he suffered a strained oblique last year and starter Matt Shoemaker out for a little less than three weeks down the stretch in 2014. A postgame MRI late Wednesday night confirmed the oblique strain for Street, who will let the ailment heal for 72 hours before doctors determine a timeline.

"It just kind of happened," Street said after the Angels' 4-2, sweep-clinching victory over the Royals on Wednesday. "I was like, 'What was that?' I made one more throw and I was like, 'There's definitely something in there.'"

Street -- with 320 saves throughout his career and a 0.78 WHIP this season -- suffered the strain on "probably one of the lightest throws of the day." It's the first time the 32-year-old right-hander had ever suffered this type of injury.

The Angels will likely call up a reliever from Triple-A for the start of their six-game road trip on Friday, and can choose from a bevy of arms that have been throwing the ball well for the Salt Lake Bees. In the meantime, setup man Joe Smith, who recorded his first save of the year in the series finale, is expected to handle the ninth inning.

"When you can't pitch, that's all you really care about - that when your job comes up, they get it done," Street said. "Joe's proven he can do that."

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Despite his eighth career trip to the disabled list, Street should be retained in most leagues. Since the start of 2015, the right-hander has posted a 2.96 ERA, a 1.11 WHIP and 45 saves. Once he returns from his left oblique strain, the closer could continue to be a reliable saves source. In most leagues, owners should immediately search the waiver wire for Smith. With a 2.88 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP in his career, Smith should be able to handle the ninth inning despite a lack of swing-and-miss stuff (career 7.5 K/9 rate). But given his minimal value outside of saves, Smith may not make a significant impact in 10-team formats.

Alden Gonzalez has covered the Angels for since 2012. Follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez and Facebook , and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.