NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) – Jason Isringhausen failed to nail down the final spot in the Mets’ bullpen, losing out on Tuesday to Blaine Boyer. That won’t stop the veteran, who on Wednesday agreed to stay with the club in extended spring training.
“I’ve come this far,” Isringhausen said. “Two more weeks ain’t gonna kill me.”
Isringhausen originally said if he did not make the club he would retire or go home and see if another opportunity arises elsewhere.
“If I’m here throwing, it gives the Mets a chance to know that I’m pitching,” he said. “Other teams know that I’m pitching. It’s better than me going home and sitting around and waiting for a phone call. I’ll just get my work in and have fun with it.”
Mets general manager Sandy 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.
“It’s in their hands,” said Isringhausen. “If another team wants me, what we’ve talked about is they have the right to call me up or let me go.”
Mets manager Terry Collins expects to see Isringhausen in a Mets uniform.
“I still think that as we look down the road, you’ll end up seeing him pitch for us,” Collins said Tuesday. “As I told Izzy, ‘Make no mistake about it, if you’re willing to be patient a little bit and condition your arm a little bit, we’re going to need help. There’s no doubt about it.’
“I don’t know of anybody who has ever gone through (the season) with the same bullpen.”
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