HOUSTON -- Rockies right-handed closer Huston Street, who suffered a groin injury Saturday during his rehab for a shoulder injury that has kept him out of the Majors all season, said Wednesday he has been playing catch at 140 feet for three days.
Street said he is three to five days from pitching off the mound. The lack of full-speed pitching because of the groin injury hasn't affected his arm.
"Ironically, the shoulder is of no consequence," Street said. "I do believe we have crossed that bridge."
In other Major League injuries, left-hander Franklin Morales (shoulder weakness) has a 30-40-pitch bullpen session scheduled for Friday at the team's training center in Tucson, Ariz., and righty Taylor Buchholz is set for an inning for Triple-A Colorado Springs on Friday.
Rogers earns more chances for Rox
HOUSTON -- Right-hander Esmil Rogers was saddled with a loss Wednesday night, but he earned something favorable -- more time in the Rockies' bullpen.
Rogers would have had a perfect eighth inning if not for second baseman Clint Barmes' error that opened the door for four Astros runs. The first run scored on Cory Sullivan's double on what Rogers thought was a good pitch. He fell behind Jeff Keppinger and served up a three-run double.
Manager Jim Tracy said Rogers (0-2, 5.40 ERA), a top prospect who has seen good and hairy moments this season after being forced onto the Major League staff because of injuries, has made progress by correcting some mechanics.
"There were some things done in a light bullpen session with him," Tracy said. "One of the things that I definitely noticed last night, vs. what we've seen last year and the start or so we've given him this year, is the way he was finishing his pitches."
Rogers, 24, said he left the contest with confidence.
"I feel really good," he said. "[Catcher Miguel] Olivo said, 'Just throw your stuff and we'll win this game.' But I feel I have more confidence than when I was starting. We worked on my mechanics."
The Rockies are carrying 13 pitchers, one more than usual. Tracy said that is subject to change, but the way Rogers pitched Wednesday is a factor in how the staff is structured for now.
Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.