Report: Mets ask Izzy to stay in PSL

March, 28, 2011
3/28/11
11:35
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The Mets have asked Jason Isringhausen to remain in Florida for extended spring training when the Mets break camp Thursday, The New York Times reported.

Multiple sources have told ESPNNewYork.com that while impressed with Isringhausen's pitching in the Grapefruit League, the team is concerned about putting him on the roster and losing another capable reliever as a result, then having Isringhausen potentialy break down.

Blaine Boyer has been the frontrunner for the final spot in the bullpen, but the Times report suggests the Mets may want Boyer to consider beginning the year in the minors, so that Manny Acosta does not have to be exposed to waivers. The decision belongs to Boyer, however, because he has an out Thursday in his minor league contract.
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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