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Mets may ask Jason Isringhausen to stay behind in extended spring training

Mar 29, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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Jason Isringhausen has been impressive this spring despite being sidelined briefly by arm problems, but David Waldstein of the New York Times reports that the Mets have asked him “to remain in extended spring training for a week or two to increase his arm strength and reassure them that his elbow is healthy.”

Isringhausen previously said that he wouldn’t be willing to pitch at Triple-A, but extended spring training might be a different situation. For now he told Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com that “there has been no formal request” from the Mets, saying: “All we’ve done is talked. No one has asked me to do anything.”

According to Rubin the Mets are trying to figure out a way to keep Isringhausen, Manny Acosta, and Blaine Boyer in the organization.

UPDATE: Rubin says Boyer made the team, Acosta was designated for assignment, and Isringhausen is deciding whether to stay behind for two weeks.

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