Jason Isringhausen is currently unavailable for at least the next several days because of a herniated disk in his back, but the 38-year-old reliever told Adam Rubin of ESPN New York that he plans to pitch in 2012.
Isringhausen managed only a minor-league contract offer from the Mets after missing all of 2010 following Tommy John elbow surgery, but has avoided arm problems all season while throwing 47 innings with a 4.05 ERA and 44/24 K/BB ratio.
His raw stuff is diminished from his peak as closer for the A’s and Cardinals, but Isringhausen’s fastball has averaged 90.6 miles per hour and he’s held opponents to a .206 batting average.
He’s even saved seven games for the Mets to reach 300 saves for his career. He’ll be a free agent after the season and it’s unlikely that any teams–the Mets included–will view him as a closer option, but Isringhausen should be able to secure a one-year deal for a setup gig.
Yankees first baseman Greg Bird gave his team tons of confidence to hand him the everyday job at first base to start the 2017 regular season, batting .451/.556/1.098 with eight home runs in 51 spring at-bats. But he’s followed that up by hitting .107/.254/.214 through the first month of the regular season.
GM Brian Cashman doesn’t have any intent to demote Bird back to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch reports. Cashman said, “It’s not even an option for me in my mind right now, at all.”
Bird didn’t start Sunday’s game against the Orioles, a 7-4 loss in 11 innings. Lefty Wade Miley started for the Orioles, prompting manager Joe Girardi to put Chris Carter into the lineup at first base. If Bird isn’t able to figure things out, Carter might have an increased role on the team.
Rays starter Chris Archer threw his first pitch to Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista behind the slugger’s back with one out in the first inning of Sunday afternoon’s game in Toronto. Bautista and Archer then had a staredown. Home plate umpire Jim Wolf issued warnings to both teams. Bautista ultimately flied out to right field and he appeared to have a quick word with Archer on his way back to the dugout.
Archer could have been exacting revenge — euphemistically known as “protecting his teammate” — because Jays reliever Joe Biagini hit Rays outfielder Steven Souza in the seventh inning of Saturday’s game. Souza was forced to leave the game and underwent an X-ray, which came back negative. He was held out of Sunday’s lineup. Biagini’s pitch did not appear to be intentional.
The Jays won Sunday’s contest 3-1 with no further incident. The two clubs meet again in Tampa for a three-game series starting on May 5, so we’ll see if Sunday was the last of the bad blood between them.