Saturday, March 12, 2011
Isringhausen threw a scoreless inning Friday in the Mets’ 10-0 victory over the Marlins and lowered his spring ERA to 1.80. A comeback that seemed unlikely when he signed with the Mets after a tryout Feb. 15 is inching closer to reality.
Isringhausen’s first pitch was a fastball clocked at 93 miles per hour, which, he said, probably won’t get any faster. With 293 career saves, he doesn’t need to prove he knows how to pitch. He needs to prove he can stay healthy. And not just to the Mets.
Isringhausen, 38, who broke in with the Mets as a starter in 1995, last pitched in the majors in 2009 — only eight games with the Rays before undergoing Tommy John surgery. While healing, he wasn’t sure whether he was going to try to play again this season.
Isringhausen has reached out to several of those players as a mentor, a notion that would have seemed inconceivable to anyone who knew him back in the hard-charging mid-1990s, when he was part phenom, part court jester.
Any one of the escapades and misadventures early in his career would be the stuff of legend for many players. For Isringhausen, they were just mileposts along the winding path of his 14-year major league career.
Tuesday, March 08, 2011
Those who evaluate Mets pitchers were quite pleased by that they had witnessed. They saw velocity; pitching coach Dan Warthen said the reliever's pitches stayed at about 90 miles per hour. They saw stuff, which hasn't been an issue. And they saw unrestricted movement by the 38-year-old right arm that has been pitching baseballs to professional hitters since 1992.
On the other hand, Oliver Perez’s bid to earn a spot in the Mets roster looked worse on Tuesday.
The lefty surrendered four hits and three runs in three innings as New York fell to the Houston Astros 5-4 at Osceola County Stadium.
Despite the outing, Perez felt “really good,” noting an increase in velocity and more effective use of his pitch selection. “It was very important for me… after the first inning to bounce back with two scoreless innings,” Perez said.
With no role left for Perez in the pen, the Mets might release him (God Willing) and put Isringhausen on the roster especially because of his reliever battle tested attitude.
"We've been real pleased by what Izzy has shown us," Warthen said.
What Isringhausen demonstrated Tuesday was resilience. He pitched for the second successive afternoon, a test for any reliever of his age group.
"I felt better than I did [Monday]," Isringhausen said. And Warthen added, "His velocity was up from [Monday], too."
Sounds to me that Perez is outta hereeeeee! Good Bye
Monday, March 07, 2011
- Terry Collins said he wasn't sure whether Carlos Beltran will DH tomorrow. Depends on how Beltran feels.
- Whether Beltran plays or not, Collins won't be there to see it. He's boarding the bus to Kissimmee, to see Oliver Perez. Collins framed that decision as a matter of integrity.
"When you have a conversation with a player, and you give him a program that you’re going to put down, you stand by that program,” the manager said. “Credibility is at stake here… I don’t think it’s fair to him not having me there. If I was trying to make a team and make a rotation and the manager wasn’t there, I would question that."
- Jason Isringhausen will attempt to pitch Tuesday after tossing a scoreless inning in Monday’s 2-1 loss to Detroit. The Mets have been impressed by Isringhausen’s fastball and curve ball, but consider consecutive days an important test of his health.
“Might as well get it over with,” he said. “It has been a big to-do about me, going back-to-back days. I feel like I might as well get it done."Isringhausen reiterated that he was not willing to pitch in the minor leagues. If he does not break camp with the team, he will leave the organization.
“I’d probably go home and rethink things. I don’t want to go to the minor leagues,” he said.
Source: Andy Martino/NY Daily News
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
"I see an outstanding arm with a better breaking ball than I heard he had," said manager Terry Collins. "It comes out of his hand pretty easy. I can see why the reports were pretty glowing."
In terms of a roster spot, Beato's advantage comes from the fact that if he does not make the team, the Mets must offer him back to the Orioles for a $25,000 fee.
Also impressing Collins early in camp is Jason Isringhausen, who may win not only a roster spot, but also a job at the back end of the bullpen.
"Never rule out Isringhausen with what he's been doing," Collins said. "His experience alone, you've got to put that in the mix."
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Image via WikipediaAccording to David Lennon of New York Newsday, the Mets have signed Jason Isringhausen to a minor league contract with an invite to big league camp.
Isringhausen hasn’t pitched in the majors since undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery in mid-2009 and before that struggled with a 5.70 ERA in 43 innings for the Cardinals in 2008, but he was originally drafted by the Mets in 1991 and once upon a time was a top pitching prospect who debuted with New York as a starter in 1995.
Adam Rubin of ESPN NY reports that Isringhausen threw in front of Mets assistant general manager J.P.
Ricciardi, who was in Oakland’s front office when Isringhausen was the A’s closer from 1999 to 2001. He has an “open invitation” to sign a minor-league deal with the Reds, but “wanted to go somewhere and see if I could make a team.”