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Isringhausen struggles to stay healthy with the Mets

Former Cardinals closer Jason Isringhausen, still hopeful of getting the seven saves he needs to reach the 300 mark for his career, is having a tough time in his effort to catch on with his original team.

Izzy has been sidelined for several days with inflammation in his elbow. But, according to a story in the New York Post, he could return to game action in the next couple of days.

While he's been great when he has been on the field -- Isringhausen has allowed two hits and one earned run in six innings of Grapefruit League play, holding the opposition to a .105 batting average -- the Mets must be concerned about Izzy's medical track record.

He struggled through his last few seasons with St. Louis, then signed with Tampa and made a handful of appearances before going down with arm trouble. Last season Izzy signed a minor league deal with the Reds but was injured in his comeback attempt and never made it to the majors. Now, after not pitching in a major league game for the better part of two years, Izzy's elbow is giving out before he could get through camp.

I wish Izzy the best. But it's hard to imagine the Mets would cut loose a healthier and younger pitcher to give him a roster spot with his health situation so uncertain.