According to sources with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Jason Isringhausen is expected to miss the rest of the season.
After an MRI revealed tendinitis and a partially torn tendon in his right elbow, General Manager John Mozeliak and manager Tony La Russa both don't expect the near 36-year old closer to come back. At least for this season.
As for Isringhausen himself, he reportedly told teammates that he didn't want to try and comeback from an injury due to his climbing age.
Even though the injury isn't career-threatening, it seems as though Izzy might be hanging up the cleats for good.
This wouldn't be the first time a beloved Cardinal has gone down in flames this year. Mark Mulder's attempt to come back from shoulder surgery earlier in the year ended in disaster as he was shelled in less than 20 pitches and re-aggravated his injury.
As an avid Cardinals fan, I have mixed emotions about the loss. While Izzy was one of the most dominant closers I had seen in recent years, it seems as though this past year was the one year that he should have called it quits.
Every big star has a season where they don't quite have the same dominance and prowess as they once did. For Jason Isringhausen, a 1-5 with a 5.70 ERA sounds like the last straw to me.
The Cardinals bullpen has been somewhat solidified with the recent lights-out performances from young flame-thrower Chris Perez. With Chris Carpenter aiming to rejoin the team before the end of the month and Adam Wainwright right on his heels, it looks as if the Redbirds are getting healthy just in time to make a push for the playoffs.
If this indeed the end for him, he will be missed because of all the big games he closed out for St. Louis. He was one of the most intimidating relievers I ever saw take the mound.
Good luck Izzy.