DENVER -- Huston Street knows that if he has to be carted to the hospital for a bruise, he's going to hear it in the clubhouse.

Hear it, he has.

The Rockies closer returned to Coors Field on Wednesday evening after being struck by a line drive during batting practice before Tuesday's series opener against the Pirates. He was rushed to the hospital and diagnosed with a right abdominal contusion. In other words, as Street said, it's a bruise. Nothing more.

"I'm already laughing on it," Street said. "I've already been made fun of about 50,000 times. Any time you go to the hospital, and the next day in the paper it says, 'He went with a bruise,' and they call an ambulance, you have to wear it."

Street was too sore to throw Wednesday and wasn't available in the Rockies' 6-2 loss to the Pirates. But he said he expects to throw at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday before the 1:10 p.m. series finale and has all intentions of being able to pitch.

"Where it hit, they had to make sure I can still have kids," Street said Wednesday. "They did an ultrasound on my 'guy region,' a CT scan to make sure there weren't any broken bones or anything. The pain I was having was my femoral nerve just turned on for whatever reason."

Rockies trainer Keith Dugger said Street fainted "two or three" times from the pain before being taken off on Tuesday. Street said he suffers from Vasovagal responses, which often include fainting under particular circumstances, such as intense pain or shots.

"For whatever reason, it kicked in," Street said. "God designed me that way, and my body reacted, but the injury itself is not an injury. When you pass out, it becomes a bigger production. For me, it's annoying. "

The closer already spent much of the season on the disabled list with shoulder and groin injuries before being activated on June 22. Since, he has converted on six of seven save opportunities.

Helton ready to begin rehab assignment

DENVER -- Nine days and a regimen of rest and leg strengthening exercises later, Rockies first baseman Todd Helton looks ready to move forward in his comeback attempt.

Helton said Wednesday afternoon that he'll report to the team's Rookie club in Casper, Wyo., on Thursday and begin a three-day injury rehab assignment on Friday. Helton was placed on the disabled list on July 7 with lower back stiffness.

Helton was feeling ready to step back onto the field on July 19, but decided against it after a weak batting practice session in Miami. A rehab assignment to Class A Asheville was scheduled and quickly canceled. Instead, he returned to Denver to work on his legs.

But on Wednesday at Coors Field, the ball jumped off Helton's bat -- the way it didn't before the injury, when he hit .246 with two home runs and 16 RBIs. During one round, he pulled two consecutive balls into the right-field seats, and later parked one into the bullpen. He also hit with authority to the gaps.

So, with confidence, Helton is scheduled to serve as designated hitter for Casper on Friday, play first base Saturday and DH again on Sunday. After that, he hopes to return to the Rockies' lineup.

"The legs aren't going to get strong in five days, but they recovered a little bit better," Helton said.

Helton said he chose Casper because it is the only Rockies farm club that's home during this period.

No set closer for Rockies while Street is out

DENVER -- The Rockies have been here before.

For the first three months of the season, Colorado and its bullpen endured without regular closer Huston Street, who had been on the disabled list since Spring Training with groin and shoulder injuries and was activated on June 22.

With Street injured again, it's round two for the club. Rockies manager Jim Tracy said he won't name a regular closer while Street nurses his injury, but will instead dictate moves based on situations.

"To sit here and tell you, 'This will be the guy' -- that's not fair to do," Tracy said. "If we get to that point in time in the game, the situation goes without saying that the hitters coming up to the plate and how they match up with the bullpen members we have available, and what makes sense and gives us the best chance to win the game ... that's what we'll do."

Street was struck by a line drive from teammate Ian Stewart during batting practice before Tuesday night's game against the Pirates. He was taken by ambulance to a local hospital, where he was diagnosed with a right abdominal contusion and is listed day-to-day.

Street has recorded six saves in seven opportunities this year. With him out, a likely candidate will be right-hander Manuel Corpas, who is 10-for-14 in save opportunities this year.

"I don't know when [Street will] be ready or how many days it will take," Corpas. "I hope he's ready today or tomorrow. But for closing, nobody's told me anything. But I'm ready for anything."

History shows Rox shouldn't be sellers

DENVER -- The Rockies are reeling with the non-waiver Trade Deadline fast approaching, which has raised speculation over whether the Rockies should wave the white flag and begin trading vets.

However, the team's own history says, not so fast.

STATS Inc. researched the Rockies' playoff teams of 2007 and 2009. The team entered Wednesday's game with the Pirates having lost 11 of their past 13 games and in quite a hole -- eight games back in the National League West and 5 1/2 out of the Wild Card.

But in 2007, when the Rockies finished the regular season by winning 14 of their final 15 regular season games, and 21-of-21 counting the playoffs, they were six games out of the Wild Card on Sept. 1. Granted, it would take the team almost immediately shaking its doldrums and turning red hot. Baseball Prospectus rates the Rockies' playoff odds at 18.9 percent. But the Rockies have seen odds turn out wrong before.

"It's absurd to cash in the season, with what we've done in the past and what we've shown," Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki said. "Granted, we might not win 21 out of 22, but at the same time, I like our club and believe we can get on a run again.

"That's not to say that we should be buyers, because I like the guys in this clubhouse, too. If there's a guy that can come in here and help our club, we'd welcome him. But if we buy or sell, I like what we've got. We can get it done with what we've got here."

Within the past several days, everyone from Aaron Cook, the Rockies' starting pitcher on Wednesday night, to outfielders Brad Hawpe and Ryan Spilborghs, to infielders Clint Barmes and Melvin Mora, to relief pitchers Joe Beimel and Rafael Betancourt, have been mentioned as players the Rockies could look to move if they decide to retool. It could be a potential distraction.

But Rockies manager Jim Tracy offered perspective.

"You know, this time of the year comes up every single year," Tracy said. "You just deal with it. We all have a job to do, day in and day out. Until somebody tells you there's something you're going to be doing differently, or there's a different [uniform] you have to put on, or somebody else is coming to put this one on, we are who we are today.

"This is the group of people you go out there with to try to win a game, so that we can be in a position to entertain the thought of other people potentially joining this club."

Iannetta, wife welcome baby girl to the world

DENVER -- Rockies catcher Chris Iannetta and his wife, Lisa, welcomed a baby girl to their family Wednesday afternoon.

Ashlyn Brooke Iannetta was born at 12:49 p.m. CT Tuesday, weighing six pounds and nine ounces.

Iannetta, who was scheduled to start at catcher and bat eighth in Wednesday's game against the Pirates at Coors Field, was scratched in favor of Miguel Olivo.

The child is Chris and Lisa's first.