Street throws side session, not ready to test calf

Street throws side session, not ready to test calf

SAN DIEGO -- There's absolutely no issue with the right arm of All-Star closer Huston Street, who threw again on the side before Friday's game against the D-backs.

Street, on the disabled list since Aug. 11 with a strained left calf, still isn't to the point where he can test the calf by running on it.

And until that happens, he'll remain on the disabled list, even as the Padres have just 23 games after Friday.

Street was on a path to returning sooner, though he had a setback running on Aug. 30, the day before he was to pitch in a Minor League game for Class A Lake Elsinore.

San Diego manager Bud Black certainly sympathized with Street, who was the Padres' lone All-Star and has missed a total of 53 games with two DL stints. He missed 29 games earlier in the season with a strained right lat muscle.

"He's a little bummed," Black said earlier this week. "He thought he'd make a quick recovery based on where he was last week. But it's the break to cover a bunt or cover first, that's something that's getting him."

The Padres have been using Luke Gregerson in the closer's role in place of Street, and Gregerson has had three saves since Aug. 27.