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Former closer Jason Isringhausen tried out for the Reds today

Jan 31, 2011, 8:45 PM EDT

Jason Isringhausen AP

Jason Isringhausen hasn’t thrown a pitch in the majors since undergoing Tommy John surgery in June of 2009 and hasn’t been an effective pitcher since 2007, but he’s still trying to keep his career alive.

According to Mark Sheldon of MLB.com, Isringhausen threw approximately 30-35 pitches for Reds pitching coach Bryan Price in Arizona earlier today. He is hoping to receive a minor league contract with a spring training invite, but the Reds are still discussing the matter internally.

“He threw the ball fine, well enough to feel optimistic that with a Spring Training to build his arm strength, he could get back to being productive again,” Price said. “That is if he can stay healthy, which is a top concern for anybody coming off an arm injury.”

The 38-year-old right-hander posted an ugly 9.53 ERA over his first seven appearances with Triple-A Louisville after joining the Reds on a minor league contract last July, but was shut down with a strained right elbow less than one month later.

Isringhausen, a former two-time All-Star, has a 3.60 career ERA over 621 lifetime appearances and ranks 22nd all-time with 293 saves.

  1. cintiphil - Jan 31, 2011 at 10:52 PM

    And I thought it was TLR who went after all of the has been’s. It was Walt all along. This is going to be a long year for the Reds if they need this guy to help.

  2. BC - Feb 1, 2011 at 8:42 AM

    The guy is like 137 years old. Retire already, dude.

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