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Izzy to try out with Reds

Former Cardinals closer Jason Isringhausen will try out for the Reds in the next few days, he told KFNS 590 this morning.

Izzy, who hasn't pitched since early 2009 when he logged eight innings for the Rays before going down with his latest arm injury, said his agent has also talked to the Cardinals, Yankees, Royals and Rays to check on their interest. So far no word.

Now 37 and recovering from Tommy John surgery, it's hard to imagine Isringhausen has much left in the tank. Don't forget he had chronic hip problems that messed up his mechanics and made it difficult for him to consistently throw strikes even before his arm started to act up.

I don't see much room for Izzy in St. Louis except for the possibility of being a righty who could come into a game in the sixth or seventh inning and get one or two outs. He wouldn't challenge Ryan Franklin for the closer's job.

Apparently Cincinatti GM Walt Jocketty's plan is to gather up as many Cardinals as he can find. He already traded for and re-signed third baseman Scott Rolen and signed former Redbirds reliever Russ Springer. I wonder if he has Dave Veres and Mike Gallego in his sights next.