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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Boyer gets the last spot in Mets Bullpen, Izzy's Fate Unclear

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Blaine Boyer was told by Terry Collins that he has earned the final spot in the team’s bullpen.

Mets officials approached Jason Isringhausen, the 38-year-old who was  Boyer’s competition, with a different proposal:

The Mets want Izzy to remain at the team complex in Port St. Lucie for extended spring training. There, he could continue to build strength in his right arm, which has undergone a trio of Tommy John operations.

They now await Isringhausen’s decision. Izzy was quoted after the Mets 8-2 Spring Training victory, “Nothing’s up,”

General manager Sandy Alderson expects to discuss the situation with Isringhausen again by this morning.
If Isringhausen accepted the assignment, Alderson indicated he would allow him to sign with another club should a major-league offer come.

Meanwhile, Alderson announced that Rule 5 pick Pedro Beato would be retained for the regular reason. The team designated reliever Manny Acosta for assignment despite his 2.95 ERA (and 3.63 fielding-independent ERA) in 2010.

He outperformed Boyer on the field then. But Collins appreciated both Boyer’s stuff and his ability to generate ground balls at a 65.8-percent clip last season.

Alderson worried about both Isringhausen’s durability and his reliability.

“There’s always going to be some injury risk associated with Jason,” Alderson said. “But the next two weeks will tell us a little bit more about his velocity, a little bit more about how he bounces back from day to day. And it will tell us a little bit more about our own situation in New York with the bullpen.”

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