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Jason Isringhausen Accepts Extended Spring Training Assignment

Jason Isringhausen, one of the feel-good stories in Mets camp this spring, has accepted an assignment to extended spring training in Port St. Lucie. The Mets have already filled out their Opening Day bullpen, but they have concerns about Izzy's right elbow and would like to see him pitch a bit more before making a decision about his role with the team.

This is good news for the Mets, who get an extra couple of weeks to figure out where Isringhausen fits. For his part, Izzy said all the right things:

"It's in [the Mets'] hands. If another team wants me, what we've talked about is they have the right to call me up or let me go."

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"From what I gather, from what they tell me, it's one of those things where some guys with the contract status and stuff like that, things needed to be done. They're trying to, so to speak, stockpile arms. They gave me a shot, so I'm willing to help them out for a while and be somewhat of an insurance policy in case somebody does get hurt."

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"If I'm here throwing, it gives the Mets a chance to know that I'm pitching. Other teams know that I'm pitching. It's better than me going home and sitting around and waiting for a phone call. I'll just get my work in and have fun with it."

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"I've come this far. Two weeks ain't going to kill me."