SAN DIEGO -- If all goes well with closer Huston Street's appearance in an extended spring camp game against the D-backs on Friday, he will be brought to Denver on Monday for a re-evaluation and could be sent out shortly thereafter for a Minor League rehab assignment, manager Jim Tracy said Wednesday.
Street suffered shoulder stiffness early in Spring Training, and the Rockies are missing him. Less-experienced left-hander Franklin Morales is 0-3 with a 4.09 ERA and two blown saves in five chances. At times Morales has been solid, but he also has backed himself into trouble with walks.
Street converted 35-of-37 save opportunities last season for the Rockies.
Fowler sees improvement at plate
SAN DIEGO -- Center fielder Dexter Fowler was hitting .167 through the first 17 games. But he began to find his form during the Rockies' last homestand, and he entered Wednesday night's start against the Padres with a .250 average.
Manager Jim Tracy continues to laud Fowler for the quality of his at-bats. Fowler noted that the at-bats are better than at this point last year, even though he had been identified as a rookie sensation by then. Interestingly, Fowler was hitting just eight points higher through 27 games last season.
The switch-hitting Fowler has been happy with his stroke since the first week, when he struggled mightily with right-handed pitching.
"The way I'm swinging the bat, I really can't get mad," Fowler said. "I've been barreling stuff up when I hit it. That's all you can do. The more at-bats you get, the more comfortable you're going to feel in the box. I guess I've just got to keep swinging it.
"It's a lot easier than last year. You're seeing pitchers for the second year. You've had at-bats against them and success against some of them."
Gonzalez making most of opportunities
SAN DIEGO -- Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez entered Wednesday night's game against the Padres leading the team with 20 RBIs. Of those, 14 have come since April 26, which happened to be the day after regular right fielder Brad Hawpe went on the disabled list.
Gonzalez had hit leadoff before the Hawpe injury. He's been used mostly in the fifth position, but also at No. 3 and No. 2.
"The only thing I've had to change is I have to keep my eye on the lineup card every day, because I don't know where I'm going to be," Gonzalez said. "But I don't care. As long as I'm playing, it doesn't matter what spot they put me.
"But it's the whole reason I'm leading the team in RBIs. I'm having a lot more opportunities. I have to thank my teammates. It seems they're on base every time I hit."
Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.