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.