He may have played in only nine games last season -- with no saves -- before he ended up back on the disabled list. But that doesn't mean that Jason Isringhausen is ready to hang it up just yet.
Izzy said this morning on 1380 KSLG that he plans to play in 2010 and that there is a "90 percent chance" that he will soon sign a contract with a major league club.
The Cardinals all-time saves leader, Isringhausen is just seven saves short of 300 for his career, a mark he seems intent to reach. He had the chance to get those saves last season with Tampa Bay when another former Cardinals reliever -- Troy Percival -- broke down early in the year. But arm troubles sent Izzy to the disabled list after a June 13 game in Washington and he never made it back.
When he did pitch, Isringhausen was relatively effective for the Rays. He gave up six hits in eight innings pitched with six strikeouts. As has been the case over the last couple of years, however, he had problems throwing strikes when he needed to and walked five in his limited innings.
While they could use late inning relief help, it's doubtful the Cardinals would be willing to take a chance on Izzy, who said he is healthy and that he has been throwing over the off-season with Redbirds ace Chris Carpenter. Isringhasen was something of an earlier day pitching Chris Duncan who had a falling out with fans and was troubled by a vocal minority who booed every time his name was announced over the public address system.
There was no better closer in the early 2000s. It's a shame that Isringhausen's health has let him down over the last few seasons.