Street returns after resting sore hamstring

Street returns after resting sore hamstring

ANAHEIM -- Closer Huston Street returned Saturday night and earned the save in the Angels' 5-2 win over the Astros.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia said that Josh Hamilton continued to improve but his return to baseball activities remained "open-ended" and that the club would likely give lefty specialist Joe Thatcher another day of rest before inserting him into a game.

Street, who last pitched on Sept. 6 against Minnesota, was nursing a sore right hamstring that he injured recording the final out of that game. He was unavailable for the tail end of the Angels' 10-game road trip and Scioscia said Street felt good after throwing off a mound Friday.

The Angels were able to absorb Street's absence because of their sizzling offense, which has helped them win by an average of 7.33 runs per game while the reliever has been out.

Scioscia said Hamilton hit off a tee and ran Saturday but was still not close to returning.

Matthew DeFranks is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @MDeFranks. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.