Street, Thatcher could return during Rox series

Street, Thatcher could return during Rox series

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres' bullpen has been downright stingy of late, but they may be about to get even more formidable this weekend, as veteran arms Joe Thatcher and Huston Street are set to rejoin the team after August stints on the disabled list.

Thatcher, who was battling right knee tendinitis and was placed on the disabled list retroactive to July 26, is pitching a rehab outing Wednesday with Class A Lake Elsinore. If all goes well, manager Bud Black says he expects the 30-year-old lefty specialist to fly with the team to Colorado and be activated in time for the series opener with the Rockies on Friday.

Street, who is a perfect 21-for-21 in save opportunities this year, was placed on the disabled list Aug. 11 with a strained left calf. He will head to Lake Elsinore on Friday for a rehab outing, and if all goes to plan, will fly to Colorado on Saturday in time to be activated for Sunday's game, according to Black.

Street hasn't given up a run since June 17, a 20 1/3-innings scoreless streak. He's struck out 45 batters in 36 innings this season.

Thatcher is 0-4 in 40 appearances this year, but has a 3.42 ERA and has struck out 28 in 26 1/3 innings pitched.

Both restore a veteran presence to a bullpen that currently is home to seven rookies and Luke Gregerson, who has split closing duties with Dale Thayer in Street's absence.