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Izzy, meet Tommy

The news is about as bad as can be expected for former Cardinals closer Jason Isrunghausen, whose season was on the bubble when he was placed on the 60-day DL in the last week.

Word out of Tampa is that Izzy needs Tommy John Ligament replacement surgery, putting the 36-year-old hurler on the shelf for at least a year.

I suppose it's possible Isringhausen could find a new lease on his baseball life following the procedure. But it seems more likely that it is the final blow to a fantastic career.