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.

Astros extend winning streak to 11 games

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The Astros rallied late to keep their winning streak alive, extending it to 11 games with a 7-4 victory over the Royals on Sunday afternoon. The club is now 48-25, leading the Mariners by a full game in the AL West.

The Royals took a 4-2 lead after three innings, but Brian McCann knocked in a run with a single in the top of the fourth to cut the deficit to one run. Carlos Correa hit a game-tying solo home run in the eighth. The Astros kept their foot on the gas, scoring two more runs on RBI singles from Evan Gattis and Marwin Gonzalez in the top of the eighth and another in the top of the ninth on Correa’s sacrifice fly.

Starter Lance McCullers allowed four runs (two earned) on six hits and two walks with nine strikeouts over six innings. Tony Sipp worked a scoreless seventh. Ken Giles did the same in the eighth. Hector Rondon finished off the win in the ninth, working around a one-out walk with a game-ending double play.

After winning all 10 games on their road trip against the Rangers, Athletics, and Royals, the Astros will head home for a nine-game homestand against the Rays, Royals, and Blue Jays. Each club is below .500.