Isringhausen added to Angels' big league roster

Associated Press  |  Last updated March 30, 2012
Jason Isringhausen has made the Los Angeles Angels' roster and is set for his 16th major league season. The Angels' selected the contract of the 39-year-old reliever from Triple-A Salt Lake on Friday and optioned outfielder Mike Trout to the minor league team. Isringhausen gets a $650,000, one-year contract and the chance to earn $200,000 in performance bonuses: $50,000 each for 25, 35, 45 and 55 games. ''Right now there's no doubt that there's a role for him in the major leagues and with our staff,'' Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. ''He's an important addition to our bullpen.'' Isringhausen was 3-3 with a 4.05 ERA and seven saves in 53 games with the New York Mets last year. He signed with the Angels, hoping to play for a contender. Isringhausen said he would have retired had the Angels not signed him. ''We're going to slot him to wherever he can get,'' Scioscia said. ''We're all projecting that he can get a lot closer to how he threw the ball last year than where he was'' early in camp. Isringhausen retired the side in order in one inning Thursday against Kansas City. He has a 6.35 ERA in 5 2-3 spring training innings. Trout's spring training was set back because of flu that caused him to drop nearly 15 pounds. He made the jump from Double-A Arkansas last season to the Angels and hit .220 in 40 games.
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