Mets Want Extended Spring From Isringhausen

NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — Flushing’s reunion with Jason Isringhausen will have to wait.

The Mets have asked Isringhausen to participate in extended spring training in order to build up his elbow strength.

Isringhausen hasn’t told the Mets whether or not he will accept the assignment. He originally said if he did not make the club he would retire or go home and see if another opportunity arises elsewhere.

“I think it was durability, No. 1, in the sense of being able to pitch back-to-back and frequently over periods of days,” Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said. “And the second was just long-term durability and how he’ll hold up. Right now it’s being able to pitch routinely, consistently.”

Alderson said he would let Isringhausen go if in the next week another club says it has a spot for him on its roster. He is not guaranteed to make the Mets’ roster after his time in extended spring training.

“There’s always going to be injury risk with Jason, but the next two weeks will tell us a little more about his velocity, a little more how he bounces back at the end of the day and a little bit more about our own situation in New York with the bullpen,” Alderson said.ut.”

With the Mets awaiting Isringhausen’s response, Blaine Boyer will make the trip to Citi Field.

Fellow reliever Manny Acosta was designated for assignment on Tuesday.

Should Izzy accept the Mets’ extended spring offer? Let us know in the comments below…

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  • TechnoPhobia

    I don’t blame the Mets for asking Izzy to stay in extended spring training because they just don’t have a spot but I don’t see any upside for him. He has already proven that he has good velocity and command and wasting a few more bullets in spring training (where he is pitching MORE) is not likely to improve that. He should not be left hoping that somebody goes down; that is just using him with no real expectation of really putting him on the roster. If I were his agent, I would be finding another team that appreciates what Izzy can offer, especially if there are some young pitchers that he can teach the ways of the pen. The Mets’ loss will be someone else’s gain.

  • Carl Torrillo

    Yes! Not because I agree with Alderson,but I think th team will need Izzy sooner than they think,and I would hate to see the Phillies grab him the way,in Sandy A’s grand scheme,what happens in 2 weeks? Izzy up/somebody else down? Or is he just “using”Izzy as a temporary insurance policy and only going to release him anyway?–Catman

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