TUCSON, Ariz. — Colorado Rockies closer Huston Street received encouraging news when the MRI on his ailing right shoulder revealed no structural damage.

The MRI was done Wednesday after Street felt tightness in his shoulder. He felt fine after throwing 25 pitches Monday in a simulated game but felt tightness in the shoulder while playing catch Tuesday. He underwent the MRI the following day.

“It’s as good a news as we could have hoped for,” Street said. “No structural damage. Now it’s just trying to build back up again and try not to have any more flare-ups, and get on a mound and develop a routine.”

Street will open the regular season on the disabled list.


MARINERS: Left-hander Cliff Lee has a lower right abdominal strain and will miss at least a week of spring training.

Lee was examined in Seattle by a team doctor, who made the diagnosis. Lee underwent an ultrasound, was given a platelet-rich plasma injection and will be re-examined in seven days.


RAYS: Left-hander J.P. Howell might not be ready to open the regular season with Tampa Bay because of a weak shoulder.


BLUE JAYS: Toronto right-hander Dustin McGowan pitched 12/3 innings against minor leaguers in his first game in nearly 21 months.

McGowan is recovering from shoulder and knee surgeries.


DODGERS: Vin Scully, a Hall of Fame announcer, was released from the hospital after bumping his head and is looking forward to broadcasting an exhibition game this weekend.


PIRATES: Pittsburgh optioned two top prospects, third baseman Pedro Alvarez and outfielder Jose Tabata, to Triple-A Indianapolis.


RANGERS: Right-hander Tommy Hunter likely will miss opening day with a strained left rib-cage muscle.


INDIANS: Hard-hitting catcher Carlos Santana, considered the top prospect in Cleveland’s system, was sent to Triple-A Columbus.


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