The New York Mets/Jason Isringhausen reunion tour was just extended up-to-two weeks. The two sides agreed that the veteran right-hander will continue to pitch in the team’s Port St. Lucie extended spring training facility until the Mets feels Izzy is ready to contribute, or if another Major League franchise is willing to guarantee him a bullpen spot before that time. Regardless of the personalized deal, it still remains to be seen how the Mets’ bullpen will be able to accommodate Isringhausen in the event he’s deemed “ready.”
Assuming there are no reliever injuries in the next two weeks, the last chapter of “The Izzy Diaries” should come to a close. In fact, it doesn’t make mathematical sense otherwise. Unless the Mets suddenly change their mind about Blaine Boyer or decide to go with zero lefties in their bullpen by waiving Tim Byrdak, the only reliever with minor league options is Bobby Parnell. Sending Parnell to Triple-A just to have a nostalgic fling with Isringhausen is ludicrous, and unfortunately, too Mets-like.
Even though Isringhausen surpassed expectations during Spring Training, there’s just no space for his veteran presence. We as fans must bid Izzy adieu, and wish him the best of luck in the future (assuming he doesn’t sign with the Phillies).