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Tampa Bay Rays reliever Jason Isringhausen heads to disabled list after injuring elbow

ST. PETERSBURG — RHP Jason Isringhausen was placed on the disabled list Saturday night due to an elbow injury suffered in the ninth inning against the Nationals. The severity was unknown.

It didn't look good when Isringhausen, 36, sailed a pitch left of C Michel Hernandez with two outs and then waved toward the dugout for assistance. Isringhausen, who rehabbed all spring after elbow surgery ended his season last year with the Cardinals, quickly left the field with a trainer and was replaced by RHP Lance Cormier.

Manager Joe Maddon said Isringhausen felt something in his elbow and will be examined. Isringhausen was unavailable for comment. "There's concern," Maddon said. "I don't know what level, but there's concern."

RHP Winston Abreu's contract was selected from Triple-A Durham. Abreu, 32, had 10 saves and a 1.41 ERA, striking out 49 and walking 10 in 32 innings.

"You feel bad for the guy, and hope it's not that bad," LH reliever Randy Choate said. "But when you pull yourself out of a game, obviously you know it's not good."

STRONG SHIELDS: Utilityman Ben Zobrist has said if RHP James Shields had the run support he deserved this season, he would be an All-Star.

Though Shields (5-5, 3.36) said he has had his "best stuff" only a few times this season, he has been solid. But the Rays have lost eight of his 13 starts, partly because they've scored 3.97 runs per nine innings for him, fourth-lowest in the AL. "I'm pleased with the way I've felt, keeping the team in the game," Shields said. "It's one of those things where you sometimes don't pitch on the right day."

STEPPING UP: Choate got another big out against a left-handed hitter Saturday, getting slugger Adam Dunn to ground into an inning-ending double play in the eighth. Since getting his contract selected from Durham on May 25, Choate has given up one hit in 71/3 innings, holding lefties to 0-for-9. Maddon said a key is that Choate has been able to throw his fastball for a strike when he wants to.

"I can't complain right now, when you're pitching the way you want or feel like you can, especially when I feel like I've tried my best for a long time to get back and to be able to have some kind of success at this level," Choate, 33, said. "There are times it doesn't go this way. Right now, I'll just ride the wave."

IN THE SWING: RF Gabe Gross extended his season-high hitting streak to seven games, hitting a two-run homer in the sixth. Gross tied a career high with three hits Thursday and doubled in the tying run Friday. Maddon said Gross has been hitting the ball more to all fields, which has been key. But Gross said it's more a product of getting at-bats every night; he has started the past five games.

"I've felt pretty decent over the last week or so. Every game I get more at-bats, I settle in a little bit more," Gross said. "I'm hoping that I can continue it for a little while and see what happens."

MEDICAL MATTERS: SS Jason Bartlett, in the second of a three-game rehab stint with Class A Charlotte, played shortstop and went 2-for-3 Saturday. He's expected to play short today before potentially rejoining the Rays on Tuesday for their road trip. … 2B Akinori Iwamura will have surgery June 22 to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee suffered May 24 at Florida, with the surgery performed by Rays orthopedist Dr. Koco Eaton in St. Petersburg.

MISCELLANY: C Dioner Navarro and Cormier will sign autographs today from 12-12:30 along the first-base line. … Ludacris played a postgame concert. … The next edition of the Rays' Fox Sports Florida and Sun Sports' Inside the Rays features Pat Burrell at 4:30 today.

Tampa Bay Rays reliever Jason Isringhausen heads to disabled list after injuring elbow 06/13/09 [Last modified: Sunday, June 14, 2009 7:56am]
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