Mets’ Isringhausen OKs extended spring training

New York Mets reliever Jason Isringhausen said Wednesday he will

stay in Florida for two weeks of extended spring training in the

hope of landing a spot with the team.

Manager Terry Collins said he believes there will be a place for

Isringhausen down the road.

”It’s better than going home,” said Isringhausen, who has been

bothered by inflammation in his right elbow the last few weeks.

”I’ll wait two weeks and get a lot of throwing in while I’m here.

Then we’ll have another meeting, hopefully, and we’ll go from

there.”

The Mets signed the 38-year-old to a minor league contract in

the first days of camp, but Isringhausen had no intention of

playing in the minors. He’s counting on the Mets to call him up or

finding another team.

The Mets told him Tuesday they were selecting Blaine Boyer for

the final bullpen spot. General manager Sandy Alderson said

durability was the main concern about Isringhausen, who has

undergone three elbow surgeries during his 14-year career.

”It took me a couple days to figure out what I wanted to do,”

Isringhausen said. ”I figured I’ve come this far, two weeks isn’t

a big deal in the grand scheme of things.”

Isringhausen said he hasn’t spoken with any other teams. But if

another club offers him a job, the Mets have the first right to

call him up or let him go.

Collins expects to see Isringhausen in a Mets uniform.

”I still think that as we look down the road, you’ll end up

seeing him pitch for us,” Collins said Tuesday. ”As I told Izzy,

‘Make no mistake about it, if you’re willing to be patient a little

bit and condition your arm a little bit, we’re going to need help.

There’s no doubt about it.’

”I don’t know of anybody who has ever gone through (the season)

with the same bullpen.”

While Isringhausen is staying in Florida, Jason Bay returned to

New York on Wednesday for tests on a strained muscle in his left

rib cage.

He began feeling discomfort during batting practice on

Tuesday.

The Mets have until 11 a.m. Thursday to make a roster move if

Bay goes on the disabled list. Lucas Duda remains in camp and could

earn a spot. Nick Evans was placed on waivers Monday and his status

is unclear.