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Isringhausen to work out for Reds, Edmonds likely to retire

Former Cardinals closer Jason Isringhausen, seven saves shy of 300 for his career, apparently isn't ready to hang 'em up just yet.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Izzy will throw a bullpen session for the Reds Monday in Arizona. He hopes to convince the club to give him a chance to pitch for it in 2011.

Isringhausen was signed by Cincinnati last season but broke down during a minor league tune-up. He hasn't pitched in the big leagues since 2009 when he was with Tampa Bay. Even then he managed only eight innings pitched before being lost to injury.

It's hard to imagine Izzy, who was once so dominant, pulling together long enough to help the Reds -- much less reach the 300 save plateau. He really hasn't been consistent and effective since he was with the Cardinals in 2007 when he was 4-0 with a 2.48 ERA and 32 saves. And even then it seemed his was getting things done with smoke and mirrors. He walked 33 batters in 64 innings. It was the most he had passed since 2000 when he was with Oakland and it seemed that the hurler, who once had such great control, no longer trusted his stuff. He chose to pitch around batters or to nibble around the plate in hopes they would swing at a bad pitch instead of challenging them.

The Enquirer also reports that Reds GM Walt Jocketty expects 40-year-old centerfielder Jim Edmonds to retire.

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