The Colorado Rockies could be forgiven for being slightly nervous this week after closer Huston Street’s throwing shoulder tightened up, preventing him from pitching. Street received a three-year, $22.5 million contract in the off-season and will be counted on to continue his top-flight performance from last year. But he hasn’t thrown off the mound since an aggressive batting practice session last Friday, according to The Denver Post. “It’s not a major deal, but it’s not minor, either,” he says. Street is taking anti-inflammatory pills and will ride the bench at least through the weekend, but his timetable on making a first spring training appearance is up in the air. Street also tells the Post he may be questioned in the federal investigation of Anthony Galea, a doctor accused of dispensing illegal drugs to athletes in Canada. Galea is accused of illegally selling Actovegin, an unapproved healing drug, and is facing four charges (via The Associated Press). His assistant has also been charged in the matter, accused in the U.S. of possessing a human growth hormone and another drug at a border crossing in September.
Several high-profile players are involved in the case, including New York Mets stars Carlos Beltran and Jose Reyes, New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez, and possibly Mets free agent Carlos Delgado. Galea has also been linked to golfer and self-proclaimed sex addict Tiger Woods, as well as several NFL player. Street says he’s been notified by the Major League Baseball commissioner’s office that he may or may not be interviewed, but either way he’s entirely willing to cooperate. Galea diagnosed Street with an irritated ulnar nerve in his elbow in 2007, and Street received oxygen and platelet-rich plasma therapy to help speed the recovery. Neither procedure is against league rules. Street tells MLB.com everything he did with Galea is “100 percent within the law” and the most important service he received from the doctor was an accurate diagnosis. “Ninety-nine percent of all injury is diagnosis,” Street adds. “That’s where that trust comes from. You want to get diagnosed correctly.”