Showing posts with label Jason Isringhausen. Show all posts
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Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Mets News and Notes: Public Relations, Shopping List, Izzy, Murphy

Newsday's Ken Davidoff feels that public relations needs to stop being such a factor in the Mets' thinking. His plan for 2012 consists of keeping Angel Pagan and Mike Pelfrey, and signing Frank Francisco to close.

If and when they're out of it in July, Davidoff feels Pagan and Pelfrey, along with a solid bullpen arm like Francisco and a revitalized David Wright would fetch a plentiful bounty.

The Mets' lengthy shopping list consists of a closer, setup man, utility infielder, two backup outfielders, and a catcher, according to Jon Heyman of the MLB Network (on Twitter). Heyman says the largest expenditure for the Amazins will be the closer.

On a related note, Heyman tweets that the Mets will speak with Jason Isringhausen, though their offer won't be overwhelming.

Joel Sherman of the NY Post also notes that of the three teams that inquired on Daniel Murphy earlier today, the Tigers are the most interested. They view Murphy as a potential third base replacement for Brandon Inge.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Jose Reyes and six other Mets players file for free agency

According to the NY Daily News, Seven Mets were among the 148 major leaguers listed by the Players' Association as free agents Sunday, but all winter intrigue in Flushing will involve one name,  Jose Reyes.

In addition to Reyes, Willie Harris, Scott Hairston, Chris Young, Chris Capuano, Jason Isringhausen and Miguel Batista will be able to sign with other clubs starting at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday. Until then, teams have exclusive negotiating rights with their players.

As the Daily News reported Friday, the Mets will not sign Reyes during that period, and will allow other teams to set the market for the shortstop. Once that market is set - and team insiders are expecting the process to stretch into December or beyond - the Mets will decide if they consider it reasonable.

Beyond that slow-rolling drama, the Mets are highly unlikely to be high-end shoppers this offseason. If they do not re-sign Reyes, the team will look at the middle of that 148-player list, not the top. Albert Pujols, Prince Fielder and C.J. Wilson will wear other uniforms next season, as none of those top-tier names fits the Mets' needs and/or budget.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Mets News and Notes: Bay, Duda, Izzy

Mets News and Notes:

Mets manager Terry Collins said Saturday that outfielder/first baseman Lucas Duda and reliever Jason Isringhausen could miss the final six games of the regular season with their injuries. Duda is experiencing headaches following a crash into the right field wall on Wednesday, while Isringhausen is suffering from a herniated disc in his back.

Duda, who crashed into the wall Wednesday against St. Louis and felt dizzy afterward, is still awaiting the results of his MRI, but Collins said that doctors told him that until Duda's headache subsides, it does not matter what the MRI shows. Duda said Saturday that he feels good and wants to get back on the field as soon as he can, but acknowledges he could be finished for the season.

"I certainly hope not, obviously I want to play, I feel I can play," Duda said. "It's up to the doctors and I'm not a doctor so I don't really know but I want to be out there and help my team."

Isringhausen last pitched on Sept. 8 and Collins said he's not as confident as he was last week that the reliever would be able to pitch. Collins said Isringhausen told him yesterday there's still numbness in one of his legs from the herniated disc and the team has been told not to let him pitch until that numbness is gone.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Mets News and Notes: Reyes, Izzy, Pelfrey

Jose Reyes:

Jose Reyes has not resumed workout activities since landing on the disabled list last week with a strained left hamstring, making it highly unlikely the shortstop will return when eligible on Aug. 23.

Though manager Terry Collins expects his shortstop to begin working out soon, it will take some time before Reyes can participate in full baseball activities and work back into game shape. When he strained a different part of the same hamstring earlier this season, he missed close to three weeks.

Reyes, who did not accompany the Mets on their West Coast road trip, was batting .336 prior to his injury. He still leads the National League in batting average, triples and runs scored, while ranking second in hits and stolen bases. As long as Reyes returns by September, he should still amass more than enough at-bats to qualify for the batting title.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Mets News and Notes: Izzy, Wilpon, Bay, High Temperatures, Wright, Einhorn

Mets News and Notes:


The Mets plan to hold Jason Isringhausen at the trade deadline in order for him to serve as a mentor to Bobby Parnell, reported.

Isringhausen is sure to draw inquiries anyway before the July 31 trade deadline, especially after this week's performances. A day after notching his first save in three years Monday, Izzy fired two scoreless innings against his former employer, the St. Louis Cardinals. That appearance included consecutively striking out Albert Pujols, Matt Holliday and Lance Berkman.


Buster Olney reports ...

Within the Mets' organization, sources say, there is a growing confidence that the Madoff case is veering in favor of the Wilpons, and that if this continues, they will re-establish full control of ownership of the Mets. And there has been unhappiness with how David Einhorn, who has been negotiating to be a minority owner, has taken the spotlight without having a finished deal. If the Madoff case ends favorably for the Wilpons, it could be that Einhorn will be buried in minority ownership in the years to come.


Mets left fielder Jason Bay will not play this afternoon against the St. Louis Cardinals, manager Terry Collins said.

Bay was pulled from Wednesday night's game at Citi Field in the fourth inning after his right hamstring tightened up.

"I talked to Jason this morning," Collins said today. "He feels better. He does. But I'm gonna give him the day off. I don't think [his hamstring] is as tight as it was, but I don’t see how 12 hours later it's gonna feel that much better."

Collins expects that Bay will return over the weekend when the Mets begin a three-game series against the Florida Marlins in Miami.

Bay, 32, said after Wednesday night's game that he initially tweaked his hamstring Saturday afternoon when he tripped over the foot of the Philadelphia Phillies' Ryan Howard while crossing first base.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Rumor Mill: Reds have interest in Jason Isringhausen

Jon Morosi of Fox Sports reports that the Reds have had internal discussions about a number of middle and setup relievers.

The Reds List according to Morosi includes Jim Johnson and Koji Uehara of the Baltimore Orioles; Jason Isringhausen of the New York Mets; Jason Frasor of the Toronto Blue Jays; and Todd Coffey of the Washington Nationals.

Cincinnati general manager Walt Jocketty is familiar with Isringhausen from their time together with the St. Louis Cardinals, and Isringhausen pitched in the Cincinnati system last year. Coffey was originally drafted by the Reds and pitched for them from 2005-08.

Seattle Mariners closer Brandon League is another intriguing option, since he could take over as the Reds’ closer in the event Francisco Cordero departs as a free agent after this season.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Rumor Mill: Beltran for Top Prospect , Izzy to Arizona?

Here are some of the Rumors that ESPN's Buster Olney have compiled in his latest blog:

Buster Olney says that a high-ranking official told him the "dam is about ready to burst on the trade market." The number of phone calls is multiplying and everyone is getting more serious. "I think that once July 24 hits, that's when you're going to see a bunch of things happen," said an AL official. "There's a lot of talk."

In that, the Tigers continue to look for high-end starters, not the third and fourth starter types that flood the market. They had scouts at Ubaldo Jimenez's most recent start.

On the Mets Front, Olney says the Mets are insisting on a top prospect in return for Carlos Beltran. He adds that pressure on the Giants to add a bat is decreasing as their division lead continues to grow.

The Diamondbacks are focused on less expensive relief pitchers, like Brad Ziegler and Jason Isringhausen.

Mets News and Notes: Beltran, Wright, Turner, Izzy

  • Carlos Beltran is not expected at the ballpark today because of the flu, except possibly to see a team trainer or doctor, Terry Collins said. Collins said Beltran had "very high" fever during Friday's game and was nearly pulled from the series opener.
  •  David Wright, who began his rehab assignment with Class A St. Lucie on Friday night by playing five innings at third base, should spend his entire minor league stint in Florida. That means no stop at Triple-A Buffalo or Double-A Binghamton. Wright is likely to join the Mets on Friday at Miami anyway, so the decision makes sense.
  • Official scorer Howie Karpin has changed his Friday ruling and awarded Justin Turner a hit. Originally, Turner's groundball through the right side of the infield was ruled a fielder's choice and error on Domonic Brown because Brown had an opportunity to force out R.A. Dickey at second base if the baseball was fielded cleanly.
  •  Giving Jason Isringhausen closing opportunities against the Phillies does not mean the Mets will miss a chance to groom Bobby Parnell for the 2012 role, Collins said. A year ago, the Mets used Hisanori Takahashi over Parnell when Francisco Rodriguez was suspended. That made Takahashi $8 million over two years as a free agent, but did little to prepare Parnell." , "Obviously we're going to give Bobby a lot of opportunities."

Thursday, July 14, 2011

K-Rod Endorses Parnell As Mets Next Closer

This season K-Rod has served as a bullpen mentor for Bobby Parnell, even endorsing the hard throwing righty just last week. Rodriguez said this about Parnell's closing abilities:
He can do it and he knows it. I love that kid. I talk to him a lot and I love him. He's a guy who comes here everyday trying to improve himself to get better and better. He definitely has the tools.
Parnell was crowned the 8th inning man for the Mets in spring training but had a 6.14 ERA in April when he was placed on the disabled list with circulatory issues in his right hand. Since returning to the Mets on June 2nd, he regularly hit 100 mph on radar guns, has only 3 earned runs in 17 1/3 innings with a 1.56 ERA. GM Sandy Alderson told reporters on Wednesday that there are strong candidates in the existing bullpen who can take on the closer role.
Izzy has been in that role before, and pitched effectively in that role and effectively for us, this year. And the way Bobby Parnell has thrown the last three weeks or so has been impressive and also was a factor.
Alderson went on to say that those decisions will be best left up for Terry Collins and pitching coach Dan Warthen to address.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Isringhausen did not plead, "Please don’t trade me."

According to WFAN, Mets reliever Jason Isringhausen likes playing in New York, there’s no doubt about that. Just don’t make it sound like he’s begging general manager Sandy Alderson to stay.

“To be able to get close, or maybe even make the playoffs, coming from a team that wasn’t supposed to do anything, that’s fun,” Isringhausen told the New York Daily News on Sunday. “If there is a chance that we can do that, I want to be a part of it.”

According to the New York Post, Isringhausen was later “irate” over a headline on the Daily News’ website that read: “Isringhausen to Alderson: Please don’t trade me.”

“I never (bleeping) said one thing about, ‘Please don’t trade me,’” said the fiery Isringhausen, according to The Post. “Yeah, I talked to Sandy, but I never once said, ‘Please don’t trade me.’“

He added: “I said I’d like to stay here. I’d never plead with anyone about staying anywhere.”

As for Alderson, the GM said he’d take Isringhausen’s “expression of preference … into account, and weigh it accordingly.”

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Rumor Mill: Sandy Shopping Relievers K-Rod, Izzy, and Byrdak

Getting Shopped?
According to a report in the Daily News, two major league sources familiar with the Mets' thinking, Sandy Alderson and his staff have made clear to other teams that they are shopping closer Francisco Rodriguez (no surprise, given the expensive vesting option in his contract), setup man Jason Isringhausen and lefthanded specialist Tim Byrdak.

"They are really trying to move Isringhausen, and also Byrdak and K-Rod (before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline)," one of the sources said. "Those guys have pitched well, and they could help somebody."

With many contending teams looking for bullpen help, Alderson hopes he can parlay his veteran pitchers into decent minor leaguers - high-end prospects is probably a stretch - or at least salary relief.

Both Isringhausen and Byrdak have proven effective in their roles this season, and neither is under contract for 2012. It seems doubtful that either could bring a significant return in prospects, but the Mets will shop them aggressively, sources say, and see what market develops.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Pics: Sandy Alderson, Mike Pelfrey, Jason Isringhausen, and Justin Turner Visit USS Intrepid Museum On Memorial Day

Sandy Alderson, Jason Isringhausen and Mike Pelfrey talk to one of the Military Personal

Sandy Alderson participates in the Laying of Commemorative Wreaths during a tribute on the Intrepid

For Teammates in the Community Week, the Mets and Citi-Field will pay tribute to our nations military during week-long series of events.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Mets News and Notes : Bullpen Moves, Duda

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Jason Isringhausen is back with the Mets more than a decade after leaving New York in a trade.

New York purchased the contract of the veteran right-hander after Sunday's game and designated reliever Blaine Boyer for assignment.

Jason Isringhausen pitches for the Mets in spring training. The right-hander will try to help ease the load of an already overworked bullpen. 

Boyer allowed four runs in the 11th inning Sunday, three on a pinch-hit three-run homer by the Washington Nationals' Laynce Nix. Boyer had a 10.80 ERA in five appearances with New York.

Isringhausen, 38, began the season in extended spring training to build arm strength. He was signed to a minor league contract prior to the start of training camp but was still working his way back from 2009 elbow surgery. He pitched well enough to be in contention with Boyer for the final spot on the opening day pitching staff.

New York dealt Isringhausen to the Oakland Athletics at the July 31 deadline in 1999. He became a top closer for the A’s and St. Louis Cardinals before injuries limited his effectiveness.

The Mets also recalled right-hander Ryota Igarashi from Class AAA Buffalo on Sunday and optioned outfielder Lucas Duda to Buffalo. The move gives the Mets 13 pitchers on their staff.

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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Mets News and Notes : Izzy Stays, Santana Throws, Evans clears waivers

After a day of deliberation, the veteran righty yesterday accepted the team's invitation to participate in extended spring training.

The 38-year-old reliever, who was squeezed from the Opening Day roster by Blaine Boyer, has been told his situation will be reevaluated within two weeks.

"I've come this far, two more weeks won't kill me," said Isringhausen, who last pitched in the major leagues in 2009.

The Mets have told Isringhausen they will release him from his minor league contract if another team wants him before extended spring training concludes. But the Mets also have right of first refusal, meaning they could block Isringhausen from joining an NL East rival such as the Phillies, who could seek bullpen help with closer Brad Lidge expected to miss 3-6 weeks.

Isringhausen, who posted a 1.13 ERA in eight spring training appearances, said he wasn't upset with the Mets' decision to leave him off the Opening Day roster.

Johan Santana pitching for the New York Mets o...
"I'll just work on my pitching and still face hitters," Isringhausen said. "It's better to have some kind of structured outline rather than just going home and trying to throw at home."

Johan Santana said it will be "tough" remaining behind at the Mets minor league complex this spring, but he fully expects to return and help the team in 2011. The lefty is continuing his rehab from shoulder surgery, but is not close to throwing from a mound. The Mets are hoping he can return by late June.

"I'm very pleased with how I feel," Santana said. "It feels like everything is getting looser, looser and looser as I throw -- and better."

In other news,  Nick Evans cleared waivers and was out-righted to Triple-A Buffalo. Luis Hernandez also cleared waivers and must decide if he will accept an assignment to Buffalo. General manager Sandy Alderson said he expects Hernandez to accept.

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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,”

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Last Bullpen Spot Down to Izzy and Boyer ?

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It looks like the last bullpen spot is down to Blaine Boyer and Jason Isringhausen.

Izzy was quoted about the competition, "Me and [Blaine] Boyer hate each other, just to let you guys know," he said, laughing.

Isringhausen is a 38-year-old Tommy John survivor who felt a pop in his elbow earlier this month -- and who freely admits he could feel another at any time.

Boyer is a less flashy choice, but a less injury-prone one as well.

"They've both had very, very good springs," manager Terry Collins said. "They're both throwing the ball well. We'll just have to sit down and look at all the options we have, and make a decision."

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Mets News and Notes: Izzy, Emaus, Beato, Castiilo/Perez, Reyes

  • Jason Isringhausen told Mike Puma of The New York Post that he will not accept a minor league assignment if he does not make the Mets out of Spring Training.
  • There's a possibility Izzy would go to Extended Spring Training if his swollen elbow isn't fully healed though.

  • Rule 5 pick Brad Emaus has the Mets' second base job locked up "no matter whether they pretend there's still a competition ongoing."

  • "There is a very good possibility we will keep both our Rule 5 picks" Alderson said, in regards to Pedro Beato and Brad Emaus.

  • The GM said that Emaus' Rule 5 status was a major reason the team gave him every chance to win the second base job this spring. "If he was not a Rule 5 draftee, he wouldn’t have presented the immediacy that he does," Alderson said. "If he’s not the starting second baseman, I’m not sure how much he helps us in a bench role. At least at the outset, you’re going to give him every opportunity."

  • Fan sentiment "came into play" in Luis Castillo's release, Alderson said. The Mets "became aware about the sentiment in New York for [Castillo and Oliver Perez]....It's difficult to overcome that, so you evaluate player performance against presumption in the minds of the fans." In Perez's case, Alderson said the southpaw just didn't pitch well enough to make the roster, so the fans' thoughts were moot.

  • Alderson says if the Mets are in contention, the club will have the money available to add a player if necessary.

  • Alderson thinks his team's farm system is underrated but he says the Mets "need to be more aggressive and successful in developing players out of the draft."

  • If the Mets have a reduced payroll next season, they should still be able to re-sign Jose Reyes if they wish, given the number of contracts the team has coming off the books this winter.
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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Izzy impresses Dan Warthen

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Jason Isringhausen's brief health scare appears to have passed.

Three days after receiving a dose of anti-inflammatory medicine for his cranky right elbow, Isringhausen threw a full bullpen session at the Mets' Spring Training complex on Wednesday, featuring what pitching coach Dan Warthen called the right-hander's best fastball of the spring.

"Exceptional" was how Warthen described the session. "The hardest I've seen him throw, and all of the other pitches were in order -- two-seamer, cutter, fastball. The ball was jumping out of his hand today."

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Mets Injury Notes: Pagan , Izzy, Beltran

Jason Isringhausen. 

Izzy played catch today with pitching coach Dan Warthen (the only man in camp who might have more damage in his throwing elbow). Isringhausen reported no problems with his right elbow. He had been shut down due to inflammation in the joint these past few days.

Isringhausen plans to throw a bullpen session Wednesday, take Thursday off and return to Grapefruit League action on Friday.


Meanwhile, Carlos Beltran is playing DH in a pair of minor-league games at Digital Domain Park today. He will use a designated runner.


New York Mets center fielder Angel Pagan left Tuesday's game in the second inning with lower back tightness.

With Willie Harris serving as the designated hitter, manager Terry Collins elected to use Jason Bay in center field. Bay has made 37 major league starts in center but none since 2005 when he was a Pittsburgh Pirate.

Lucas Duda replaced Pagan in the lineup.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Mets News and Notes: Beltran, Izzy, Mets Comeback Win

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Carlos Beltran had a light batting practice session at noon today, off minor league right-hander Jeff Walters and left-hander Josh Edgin.

Working from both sides of the plate, Beltran swung at some pitches, while just watching others in order to get his timing down.

Beltran then took balls in the outfield.

Jason Isringhausen said he is not concerned by the elbow issue that prompted him to start taking anti-inflammatory medication. He indicated the issue is with a muscle, not with ligaments.

"It's just bad timing because it's toward the end of camp, but there's nothing you can do about it," Isringhausen said. "Throwing in a tunnel back home ain't the same as throwing in games. That's all it is. It was nothing to do with anywhere they did surgery. It's called the pronator group, which is not a stability type of thing at all. It's a muscle that slows down my wrist, from throwing cutters and curveballs. What are you going to do?"

Isringhausen had been resolute in suggesting he did not plan to go to the minors. But, he allowed Monday, perhaps staying in Port St. Lucie in extended spring training might be an option to delay an ultimate decision about whether he gets a major league deal and joins the Mets.

"If it happens, it happens, and we'll talk about it then," Izzy said. "As of right now I'm looking at being ready to go at the end of camp. That's my mindset right now. But everybody knows everything can change. You don't try to take one step forward to take three steps backward."

Comeback win
The Mets came back to beat the Atlanta Braves 8-7,  in walk-off fashion in Port St. Lucie. Everyone contributed and Bobby Parnell got the win.. Recap coming up soon ....
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