Over the weekend Andy Martino of the New York Daily News wrote that Jason Isringhausen had emerged as a realistic bullpen option for the Mets–and perhaps even an eighth-inning setup candidate–after signing a minor-league deal following a tryout last month.
Unfortunately injuries have once again threatened to derail Isringhausen’s career, as Andy McCullough of the Newark Star Ledger now reports that the 38-year-old right-hander has been “shut down for the day” and “took medication” due to elbow inflammation.
Isringhausen missed most of 2009 and all of 2010 following Tommy John elbow surgery and hasn’t been healthy and effective in the same season since 2007 with the Cardinals, but the former Mets prospect looked good in six spring appearances and was throwing in the low-90s before his elbow started barking again.
The Marlins designated utilityman Derek Dietrich for assignment, Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports. This comes amid a flurry of moves on Tuesday night as teams prepare their rosters ahead of the Rule 5 draft next month.
Dietrich, 29, is coming off another strong season in which he hit .265/.330/.421 with 16 home runs, 45 RBI, and 72 runs scored in 551 plate appearances. He played all over the diamond, spending most of his time in left field and at first base. Dietrich also played some second base, third base, and right field.
Dietrich is entering his third of four years of arbitration eligibility. He earned $2.9 million this past season and MLB Trade Rumors projects him to earn $4.8 million in 2019. Cutting Dietrich represents a bit more than 4 million in savings for the rebuilding and perennially small-market Marlins. Dietrich should draw some interest, so the Marlins could end up trading him rather soon.
Wonder how J.T. Realmuto, now the longest-tenured Marlin, is feeling right about now.