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Bullpen meltdowns prompt Cardinals to return job to Isringhausen

Updated: July 30, 2008, 4:39 PM ET
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The St. Louis Cardinals have decided it is time to return the closer's role to Jason Isringhausen, who has been languishing as a middle reliever after an early-season slump and a trip to the disabled list.

Ryan Franklin, who had taken over as closer, will return to his previous job as the set-up man.

Both players were informed of the change Monday afternoon. Isringhausen was clearly relieved, and Franklin expressed no surprise at the move.

"In my head, I knew Izzy's ...

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