Street, Lindstrom return from disabled list
Betancourt to remain in closer role for time being
LOS ANGELES -- Huston Street returned to the Rockies bullpen Friday night as the Rockies began a three-game series against the Dodgers.
When the Rockies' closer will return to his accustomed ninth-inning role, however, is still up in the air.
Street and fellow reliever Matt Lindstrom (nerve injury in his right arm) were both activated off the disabled list Friday, but manager Jim Tracy said Rafael Betancourt would remain the team's closer for the time being.
"I'm not just going to throw [Street] back into the closer's role, and I just sat down with him for a few minutes to talk to him," Tracy said. "The work that Rafael Betancourt is doing right now, I don't think it's fair to the club and I don't think it's fair to either individual to flip-flop that out immediately. I think it's much better for us and them if [we] ease Street back in."
Relievers J.C. Romero and Josh Roenicke were optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs to open up spots on the active roster. Both are expected to return to the Rockies when the roster expands on Sept. 1.
Tracy said he would try to use Street, who was on the 15-day DL with a right triceps muscle strain, in the seventh or eighth inning for now.
Street, who has saved 29 games, has a 4.06 ERA and has surrendered a career-high 10 homers in 51 innings.
Street said he feels good and the triceps injury was never particularly serious.
"It really wasn't a major injury by any stretch," Street said. "It needed five or six days to get better, and if that's the case then you've got to go on the DL. ... I really don't feel like I missed a whole lot of time."
Upon entering the visitor's clubhouse at Dodger Stadium, Street said he wanted to resume his closer role as soon as possible. Tracy said Street understood his decision to remain with Betancourt, and took the news well.
Betancourt has three saves and has yet to allow a run in 10 innings this month.
"I'm not going to pull the plug on Betancourt right now, I just can't do it," Tracy said.
Tracy also said he plans to use Lindstrom -- who's 2-1 with a 2.89 ERA in 43 2/3 innings this year -- in a spot similar to right-hander Matt Belisle's role in the seventh and eighth innings.
Tracy ejected after arguing balks
LOS ANGELES -- Rockies manager Jim Tracy was ejected during the seventh inning of Friday's game against the Dodgers for arguing balks called against Esmil Rogers and left-hander Matt Reynolds.
The Rockies looked like they were on their way to escaping a no-out, bases-loaded jam in the seventh when third-base umpire Bob Davidson ruled Rogers balked with Justin Sellers at the plate.
The call allowed Aaron Miles to score the game's tying run as Tracy rushed from the dugout to protest the play.
The play seemed to rattle Rogers and the Rockies as Sellers hit a two-run single on the next pitch for the Dodgers' first lead of the game.
Reynolds relieved Rogers for the ensuing at-bat, but he was soon charged with a balk of his own by home-plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt. Once again, the balk call prompted a visit from Tracy, who was quickly tossed from the game.
The Dodgers went on to score six runs in the inning thanks to back-to-back home runs from James Loney and Matt Kemp.
Manager Jim Tracy said catcher Chris Iannetta should start Saturday and Sunday against the Dodgers. Eliezer Alfonzo was behind the plate Friday, Tracy said, because he didn't want Iannetta to have to start back-to-back day games on the heels of the opener.
The heat currently affecting Los Angeles also played a factor in Tracy's decision -- temperatures are expected to reach at least 90 degrees over the weekend.
Carlos Gonzalez is currently enjoying a career-long RBI streak. Gonzalez drove in Dexter Fowler in the first inning Wednesday to extend the streak to nine games. The bopper is batting .362 (17-for-47) with four doubles, seven home runs, 14 runs and 23 RBIs during his current 12-game hitting streak.
The Rockies have scored 210 runs in their 40 games since the All-Star break, which are the most in the National League since the break.
David Ely is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.