DENVER (AP) -Brian Fuentes, who lost his job as Colorado's closer after blowing four straight saves, will miss the All-Star game because of a strained back muscle.
Fuentes said he felt discomfort in the left latissimus dorsi after some mop-up work at Houston on Sunday and was extra sore after his scoreless inning of work Tuesday night against the New York Mets at Coors Field.
``I thought I'd give it a day and I came back the next day and it was still sore,'' Fuentes said Friday night. ``So, we're just day-to-day right now.''
He said the injury wasn't related to his poor performance on the Rockies' trip.
``No, it had nothing to do with that,'' he said.
Fuentes, who saved 20 of his first 22 games, won't be available until sometime after the All-Star break. He said he'll still make the trip to San Francisco for the All-Star game.
``I wouldn't miss that for anything,'' said Fuentes, who was named to his third straight All-Star game in balloting that concluded before his bad stretch of games cost him his closer job.
Yet, he said he didn't want to push things and endanger his recovery.
``I'll just take more of a cautious route. What happens here is a little more important than the All-Star game. Not that it's not important, but we've got to look toward the second half and get me 100 percent more so than maybe pushing me a little bit just to pitch in the All-Star game,'' Fuentes said.
Fuentes expects to regain his role as the Rockies' closer after the break.

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