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01/31/11 6:34 PM EST
Isringhausen throws for Reds in Arizona
GM Jocketty unsure if club will pursue veteran reliever
By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com
CINCINNATI -- Reliever Jason Isringhausen had a throwing session for the Reds on Monday, but it remains to be seen if the club will sign the right-hander. Isringhausen threw for Reds pitching coach Bryan Price in Arizona. He is seeking a Minor League contract with the club and an invite to Spring Training. "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." Isringhausen threw about 30-35 pitches, according to Price. "We're not sure if we will pursue it or not," said Reds general manager Walt Jocketty. "We'll discuss it in the next few days. We have quite a bit of right-handed pitching." Isringhausen, 38, signed a Minor League deal with the Reds on July 22 and posted a 9.53 ERA in seven appearances with Triple-A Louisville. He had to be shut down on Aug. 16 with a strained right elbow and did not return. It was the same elbow that required Tommy John surgery in June 2009 while Isringhausen was with the Rays -- the last time he pitched in the big leagues. During a 14-year career, Isringhausen has accumulated 293 saves while pitching for the Rays, Cardinals, A's and Mets. Jocketty was the Cardinals' GM during most of Isringhausen's tenure there from 2002-08. "He's well respected in the game and made a positive impression with our organization at Triple-A," Price said. "We felt he deserved an opportunity to throw and be evaluated."