SAN DIEGO -- It's a two-hour drive from Rancho Cucamonga to San Diego, which rates as a long way to go to throw nine pitches.
Yet, the nine pitches Padres closer Huston Street threw on Friday in a Minor League rehabilitation stint for Class A Lake Elsinore made the drive well worth it for Street, who has been on the 15-day disabled list since May 5 with a strained right lat muscle.
"It was quick, but you expect that. You know guys are going to be swinging," Street said. "This was more about getting my feet wet and more about building up."
Street retired all three batters in a road game for the Storm with one strikeout. Of the nine pitches, seven of them were strikes.
Street will get another appearance with the Storm on Sunday, a second one-inning outing. If that goes well, he could rejoin the Padres next week.
"He felt good about his outing," Padres manager Bud Black said. "If everything goes according to plan, we'll see him early in the week."
Street, who actually started the game Friday, didn't go out and throw with full intensity right away.
"But by the end, I was turning it loose," he said.
The only problem was the last batter he faced put the ball in play on the first pitch. That was perfectly fine with Street, who worked up a bigger sweat before the game with an aggressive long toss session.
Street was 4-for-4 in save opportunities before he suffered the lat injury throwing a pitch last month. His replacement, Dale Thayer, is 5-for-5 in save opportunities.