SAN DIEGO -- A month to the day since he landed on the disabled list, Padres closer Huston Street was reinstated to the active roster Tuesday.
So what was a month on the disabled list with a strained right lat muscle like? Street had an interesting take on his time away.
"The first two weeks feel like a year," Street said before Tuesday's game against the Giants. "... The last two weeks feel like an hour."
Street was added to the 25-man roster as rookie reliever Miles Mikolas was optioned to Triple-A Tucson.
Street made the second of two Minor League rehabilitation stints with Class A Lake Elsinore on Sunday, throwing 21 pitches. He declared himself fit and ready to return soon thereafter.
"The main purpose of pitching in a game is to see how you recover," Street said. "[After] both games, I woke up the next day feeling strong. I only missed 10 days of playing catch."
Street had four saves in as many opportunities before the injury and had a 0.93 ERA in 10 games. As for Mikolas, he had a 3.29 ERA in 13 appearances with 12 strikeouts and nine walks.
In Street's absence, Dale Thayer converted all five save opportunities.
With Street's return, the Padres now have 10 players on the disabled list -- pitchers Cory Luebke, Dustin Moseley, Joe Wieland, Micah Owings and Tim Stauffer, infielders Jason Bartlett, James Darnell and Andy Parrino and outfielders Kyle Blanks and Jeremy Hermida.
Outfielder Will Venable, who left Sunday's game with a strained right oblique muscle, was feeling better Tuesday after receiving treatment during the Padres' off-day Monday. The Padres feel they might well have dodged a bullet and a disabled list stint with Venable.
"We'll keep our fingers crossed," said Padres manager Bud Black. "We're going to keep an eye on it closely for the next day, two or three."
Owings, on the disabled list since April 26 with a strained right forearm, has reported to Triple-A Tucson for a rehabilitation assignment -- with a twist. Owings will not only get his work on the mound, but will see time at first base. Owings, long regarded as a very good hitting pitcher, is a career .283 hitter with nine home runs and 35 RBIs in 205 at-bats.