Jason Isringhausen “pretty sure” he’s retiring

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Jason Isringhausen said last month that he was “70-30” in favor of retiring and this morning the 40-year-old Angels reliever reiterated that he’s likely calling it quits after 16 seasons in the majors.

During a radio interview with KFNS-590 in St. Louis, where he played seven years, Isringhausen said:

At this point, I’m pretty sure I’m done, but if some GM is dumb enough to want to sign me, I might come back for another year.

Isringhausen was still a reasonably effective middle reliever this season, throwing 46 innings with a 4.13 ERA, but he had an ugly 31/19 K/BB ratio and it’s tough to imagine any general managers, “dumb enough” or not, offering him more than a minor-leagure deal.

If this is it for Isringhausen he finishes with 300 career saves and a 3.64 ERA in 1,008 innings while earning nearly $60 million, which is pretty damn good for a one-time prospect bust.

Mike Trout has a torn thumb ligament, could require surgery

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Yesterday Mike Trout left the Marlins-Angels game after hurting his thumb while sliding head first into second base. After the game the Angels talked about it as if it were just a sprain. Trout had an MRI today, however, and the diagnosis is far worse: he has a torn thumb ligament.

While a treatment option has not yet been chosen, surgery is a possibility. A certainty is that he’ll miss, at the very least, several weeks of play. He has been placed on the disabled list for the first time in his career.

Trout, the reigning AL MVP and, without question, the best player in baseball, is batting .337/.461/.742 with 16 home runs, 36 RBI, 36 runs scored, and 10 stolen bases in 206 plate appearances this season. Even with the one of the weaker supporting casts in baseball, Trout had the Angels near .500 and in at least arguable contention in the AL West.

Without him, they are likely sunk. Without him, baseball is worse off.

Basebrawl! Harper, Strickland punch away, Nats-Giants fight

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SAN FRANCISCO — Nationals slugger Bryce Harper and San Francisco reliever Hunter Strickland both landed punches to the head during a wild brawl that erupted Monday after a hit by pitch.

Harper was hit in the right hip by Strickland’s 98 mph fastball in the eighth inning with Washington ahead 2-0.

Harper pointed the bat toward Strickland, charged the mound and fired his batting helmet wide of the pitcher. They started to swing away and they each connected as the benches and bullpens emptied.

At least two Giants players forcefully dragged Strickland from the middle of the brawl all the way into the dugout. Harper and Strickland were both ejected.

In the 2014 NL Division Series, Harper hit two home runs off Strickland. After the star’s second shot, in Game 4, he stared at Strickland as he rounded the bases.