(Eds: Adds details, quotes. With AP Photos.) Most pitchers would gladly trade hitter happy Coors Field for pitcher friendly Petco Park.
San Diego Padres closer Huston Street is excited about the switch for a different reason.
Street, 28, was traded to the Padres from the Colorado Rockies on Dec. 7 for a minor-league pitcher. He believes returning to sea level will do wonders for his body's ability to heal.
Even though he converted 29 of 33 save attempts while with the Rockies in 2011, Street was removed from the closer's role and replaced by Rafael Betancourt after he went on the disabled list on Aug. 12. It was the fifth time in Street's seven-year career he has gone on the DL. Street went 1-4 with a career-worst 3.86 ERA in 62 games last season.
''All those guys who play there, I've been through it and I respect them more,'' Street said. ''Their bodies are definitely more taxed over the course of the season playing at 5,000 feet. You can...