Jason Isringhausen has barely pitched for the Angels down the stretch and the 40-year-old reliever is leaning toward retirement, telling Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com that he’s currently 70 percent likely to call it a career after 16 seasons.
Isringhausen cited the desire to spend more time with his two young daughters, saying:
I like to be home, man. When I’m not pitching, that makes me miss them more. I want to be home and my role on the team is not definitive anymore, and I don’t like that part. I want to have more fun, more pitching. But if I had pitched better down the stretch, I’d probably be pitching more now. Not too many teams need a 40-year-old who’s throwing 90 when they have kids throwing 96.
Considering all the arm problems he had to deal with Isringhausen has put together a helluva career, going from failed starter prospect to reclamation project to All-Star closer while saving 300 games. This season he has a 4.14 ERA and 31/19 K/BB ratio in 46 innings for the Angels.
Jake Arrieta‘s bat is in midseason form already. The Cubs’ ace swatted a solo home run to center field off of Zack Greinke in Thursday afternoon’s Grapefruit League exhibition game, his first homer of the spring.
The blast went 465 feet, according to MLB.com’s Daren Willman.
Arrieta has hit two home runs in each of the past two seasons. Madison Bumgarner (eight) and Noah Syndergaard (four) are the only other pitchers to match or exceed his output in that department.
Greinke, meanwhile, is hoping to bounce back after a miserable 2016 season. He finished with an uncharacteristic 4.37 ERA in 26 starts in his first year with the Diamondbacks.
Angels first baseman Luis Valbuena will miss the next four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Valbuena, 31, signed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Angels in January and was on track to get the lion’s share of the playing time at first base. While he’s out, however, C.J. Cron will handle first base on a regular basis. When Valbeuna returns, the two will likely form a platoon.
Last year with the Astros, Valbuena hit a solid .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances.