Jason Isringhausen shut down for the season; career over?

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According to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Reds general manager Walt Jocketty confirmed Tuesday that Jason Isringhausen has been shut down for the rest of the season with an elbow injury.

Isringhausen, who turns 38 in September, was attempting to make a comeback after undergoing Tommy John surgery last June. He was signed to a minor league contract by the Reds last month, but was placed on the minor league disabled list early last week.

Isringhausen appeared in nine games with the Rays last season and posted a 5.70 ERA in 42 appearances with the Cardinals in 2008, so the odds were already against this comeback story. Now it’s fair to wonder whether his career is over.

If he’s truly done, Isringhausen hangs it up with a 3.60 career ERA and 1.33 WHIP over 14 major league seasons. He ranks 22nd all-time with 293 saves. The two-time All-Star managed an impressive 2.36 ERA and 11 saves (4th all-time) over 23 career postseason appearances.

Adrian Gonzalez might retire after his contract is up if his back isn’t any better

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Despite dealing with back trouble for five years, Adrian Gonzalez of the Dodgers recently made his first ever trip to the disabled list. Then he made another trip there. All of it has him contemplating his future. As he tells Bill Plunkett of the OC Register, his baseball future may be a short one if his health doesn’t improve:

“I want to get back this year to help the team and for me to be healthy,” Gonzalez said. “But I’m thinking more long-term about being able to play more years.

“Because if I have to deal with this next year again? That’ll probably be it. My contract will be over, that’ll probably be it. I won’t play any more. If I can heal it and my body feels good? Now I can go out there and do the things I can do. Then I’ll keep playing.”

Backs are one of those things that don’t get better as you get older. At least not without a lot of work and effort and good luck. Gonzalez is 35 now, so he’ll need all of that to keep playing beyond his current deal.

The Cubs send Kyle Schwarber to the minors

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Kyle Schwarber broke into the bigs in 2015 with a big bat. After missing almost all of the last season with an injury, he reemerged as a postseason hero, posting a .971 OPS in the World Series. As 2017 began he was supposed to be one of the key parts of a potent Cubs offense.

Then the baseball games actually started and he has hit a mere .171/.295/.378. Indeed, he has the lowest batting average among qualified MLB hitters in 2017. Given that he has very little if any defensive value, he has been a significant drag on the Cubs, who are just a single game over .500.

Now this:

The Cubs are also putting Jason Heyward on the disabled list, so the outfield is a bit of a mess these days. Lucky for them, they’re only trailing the Brewers by a game and a half.