On Saturday night it seemed like Jason Isringhausen was back in the big leagues when the Cardinals blew their third save opportunity in four tries.
On Sunday Izzy's big league return became a reality when the Mets released another former Redbird to make room for him.
The Mets, impressed by Isringhausen's performance during the spring but iffy on his durability and health, sent him to extended spring training to give him some additional time to make his case for a roster spot. When Izzy, whom the Mets brass said during spring training that they coveted because of his veteran presence as much as his ability to get outs, waived Blaine Boyer who was hammered to the tune of a 7.71 ERA for the first week and a half of the season.
Boyer pitched in 15 games for the Cardinals in 2009 after being acquired from Atlanta for outfielder Brian Barton. He had a 4.41 ERA when he was surprisingly released mid-season. Izzy last pitched with the Cardinals in 2008 when he was 1-5 with a 5.70 ERA. He tried to come back in 2009 with the Rays but only appeared in nine games before his arm broke down. Then he signed with the Reds late in the 2010 campaign but couldn't make it out of a minor league rehab assignment before injury shut him down again.