Izzy stays, says he needs only "a couple, few weeks"
UPDATE, 12:12: Isringhausen said he was very pleased to be able to stay with the Rays and - barring any setbacks from his September elbow surgery - should only need "a couple, few weeks" until he is ready to pitch in the majors. He was added to the 40-man roster, which is now full.
"It won't be a couple months - I wouldn't think so unless there is some kind of setback,'' he said. "I'm thinking a couple, few weeks maybe. You see guys coming off surgeries, arm surgeries, you've got to be able to go back to back days numerous times. I just didn't think my arm strength was ready for that. I think this is the right decision for everybody.''
Isringhausen, who has thown only six spring innings, will be on a throwing program at the Trop and when he needs to pitch in games will go to different minor-league affiliates. He won't pitch in the game against the Twins today or in the weekend exhibitions in Philadelphia so his placement on the DL can be backdated and he would be eligible to be activated on April 12 if needed.
"We all agreed I need a few more innings to get to where I want to be with my mechanics and my arm strength and stuff, so this is the right thing to do, this is the right situation for me,'' he said. "I love the team, love the guys, love the managment and the GM and everything. Kind of a no-brainer for me. I could have went somewhere else and pitched. I could have, but it's not the same situation. I want to pitch with these guys, and I want to help these guys win as much as I can.''
Isringhausen was technically selected from Triple-A, and will be put on the 15-day DL on Sunday. The Rays also plan to put RHP Chad Bradford, OF Fernando Perez and OF B.J. Upton on the DL then too.
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RHP Jason Isringhausen will stay with the Rays, executive VP Andrew Friedman said.
He will be added to the 40-man roster and most likely will go on the DL.
"It was something that was important to both sides," Friedman said. "We're obviously very excited. We feel like there is a very good chance at some point in 2009 Jason will help us win games."
Friedman said they will be "fairly methodical" in the process and there is no time limit or deadline on how long Isringhausen will rehab. He will spend most of his time In St. Petersburg but may also workout in Port Charlotte at extended spring training.