Angels closer Huston Street could face season-ending surgery on his injured right knee, Manager Mike Scioscia said Sunday.
Street, a two-time All-Star, has been on the disabled list since Aug. 2 because of what the team called inflammation in the knee. Scioscia said Street is consulting with a Texas doctor to see whether “any surgical options” might help the injury.
Scioscia said any such surgery would be “of the minor variety” and said Street would be expected to be ready for the 2017 season.
The Angels had considered trading Street before his latest injury, and Cam Bedrosian has emerged as a cost-effective alternative. However, it is unlikely they could trade Street this winter, because other clubs likely would want to evaluate his health and effectiveness in spring training.
Street, 33, is owed $9 million next year. In 2018, the team can pay him a $10-million salary or buy him out for $1 million.
This season has been the worst of Street’s 12-year career. In addition to the knee injury, he missed a month because of a sprained oblique muscle. He has a 6.45 earned-run average in 21 games, and he has given up five home runs, 12 walks and 31 hits in 22 innings. Opponents are batting .337 against him.