Oakland has been without its closer for the last three games because of a slight muscle strain on the right side of his chest. The reigning AL Rookie of the Year felt tightness in that area while saving Oakland’s 4-3 win over Detroit on Tuesday.
The 22-year-old right-hander feels the time off has helped him recover.
“The pain’s pretty much gone at this point,” Street said. “They just want to give me 72 hours to rest it, but that’s just being careful. I’m really not worried about it. I’ll be fine.”
Street is scheduled to play catch before Saturday’s game to determine whether he can pitch in the contest.
Oakland (8-9) has gone 1-for-2 in save opportunities without Street in its last two games as Justin Duchscherer blew a two-run lead in Thursday’s 4-3 loss to Detroit. Kiko Calero struck out two in a tense ninth inning as the Athletics rebounded to hold on for a 5-3 victory over Los Angeles in the series opener on Friday.
Eric Chavez hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the seventh inning for the Athletics, who took advantage of 10 walks to win for only the third time in their last 10 games.
The Athletics are batting a major league-worst .225 and had just four hits on Friday.
First baseman Dan Johnson is struggling more than any other batter for Oakland. Johnson went 0-for-2 with two walks Friday as his average dropped from .029 to 027.
“I can’t catch a break,” Johnson said. “It’ll come. The stars have got to align sometime.”
The A’s also suffered a blow when shortstop Bobby Crosby left after the fourth inning with a strained right triceps muscle. He missed four games earlier in the month due to a bruised index finger on his left hand and had two stints on the disabled list last season.
Dan Haren (0-1, 5.40 ERA) is still searching for his first victory of the season for Oakland in his fourth start.
Haren pitched very well his last time on the mound, allowing one run and four hits over eight innings in a 5-3 loss to Texas. He was in line for the win before Street blew a save by giving up four runs in the top of the ninth inning.
The right-hander went 1-1 with a 6.17 ERA in two starts against the Angels last season.
Los Angeles (8-9) fell to 3-5 on its 10-game road trip as reliever J.C. Romero faltered in his second straight appearance. Romero surrendered Chavez’s homer two days after he gave up a game-winning two-run blast to Minnesota pinch hitter Michael Cuddyer.
Angels second baseman Adam Kennedy went 0-for-2 on Friday, but is still batting a team-high .373 as he plays the final year of his contract.
“There are no secrets,” Kennedy said. “I’m just trying to have good at-bats. The swing comes and goes so you just try and stay aggressive.”
Los Angeles starter Jeff Weaver (0-2, 5.12) is still looking for his first victory with his new club. Weaver gave up four runs—two earned—and five hits over seven innings in a 4-2 loss at Baltimore on Monday.
The veteran right-hander is making his first start against Oakland since Aug. 2, 2003 with the New York Yankees. He is 2-3 with a 5.56 ERA against the A’s in nine appearances, including eight starts.
Chavez is batting .455 (10-for-22) in his career against Weaver.