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Isringhausen update

Reliever Jason Isringhausen had a throwing session for the Reds on Monday, but it remains to be seen if the club will sign the right-hander. Isringhausen threw for pitching coach Bryan Price in Arizona. He is seeking a Minor League contract with the club and an invite to Spring Training.

“[Price] said he threw good,” Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said. “It went kind of like it did last year. We’re not sure if we will pursue it or not. We’ll discuss it in the next few days. We have quite a bit of right-handed pitching.”

Bryan Price called back and said this about Isringhausen, who threw 30-35 pitches.

“He threw the ball fine, well enough to feel optimistic that with a Spring Training to build his arm strength, he could get back to being productive again,” Price said. “That is if he can stay healthy, which is a top concern for anybody coming off an arm injury.”

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Roster moves — Izzy, Hernandez

*The Reds agreed to terms on a Minor League contract with RHP Jason Isringhausen. He will report to Triple-A Louisville.

Isringhausen, 37, threw a bullpen session for the Reds on Tuesday and impressed. Just how much he impressed was kept on the downlow.

“I thought he threw very well,” manager Dusty Baker said. “I didn’t say it that day because I didn’t want too many people on the outside to know. I was very pleasantly surprised.”

*Ramon Hernandez was activated from the disabled list. Catcher Corky Miller was designated for assignment. The Reds are hoping Miller can clear waivers so he can go outright to Louisville. Miller cleared waivers and was sent outright to Louisville.

Miller, 34, batted .246 in 24 games, well above his .188 career average. He also was excellent defensively and called good games.

“It was a very tough decision,” Baker said. “He played well. It’s a situation where you hope he’s not claimed on the selfish side but if he was claimed, you’re happy for him on the unselfish side. He’s valuable to our organization and to us and he’ll be back at some point in time.”

Thu lineup vs. WASH

Phillips 4
Cabrera 6
Bruce 9
Gomes 7
Hernandez 3
Stubbs 8
Cairo 5
Hanigan 2
Volquez 1

*As was made known yesterday, this is just an off day to rest Joey Votto.

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Isringhausen close to signing

*The Reds are going to sign free agent reliever Jason Isringhausen to a minor league deal soon after they watched him throw in the bullpen on Tuesday.

“I think we’ll get it done in the next day or so,” Reds GM Walt Jocketty said on Wednesday.

Isringhausen still has to complete his physical before signing. He’ll likely go to

*When Micah Owings pitched on Tuesday and allowed four runs in two-thirds of an inning in the sixth, it was his first action in 16 days. Owings was sent to Triple-A Louisville so he can start and get some more innings.

“It’s not his fault or anybody’s fault,” manager Dusty Baker said. “Our starters have been going so deep. There wasn’t really a need the last two weeks for a long man. And you have to hold him back for those close games and extra innings. There’s a handful of those or more.

“I remember Bob Quinn told me years ago that pitchers rust out before they wear out. That’s a prime example of that.”

*It looks like Ramon Hernandez will come off the DL tomorrow. The plan is to have him play first base so Joey Votto can get a rest. Ryan Hanigan will catch the series opener Friday at Houston and Hernandez is slated to catch on Saturday.

*Homer Bailey threw between 45-50 pitches over three innings during a simulated game Wednesday. Jocketty, Baker and pitching coach Bryan Price were watching. Paul Janish, Corky Miller and Laynce Nix were the hitters.

“It went pretty good,” Bailey said. “My curveball, split and fastball were pretty good. The slider was a little off. It’s kind of always the last one to come for me.”

*If Bailey still feels OK Thursday, the plan is for him to start a rehab assignment on Monday when he starts for Class A Dayton.

*Aaron Harang (back spasms) went to the chriropractor today for another adjustment and said “today is a really good day.” He’s been doing rehab and treatment and walking on a treadmill. He tried throwing a bullpen session during the All-Star break but shut it down because he didn’t feel right. There is no ETA on when he’ll resume throwing or return to the club.

*There is nothing new with Scott Rolen. The club is trying to wait out his sore right hamstring as long as possible.

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Reds liked Isringhausen, offer coming

Free agent reliever Jason Isringhausen pitched in the bullpen Tuesday for the Reds with GM Walt Jocketty and pitching coach Bryan Price among those who watched. Jocketty liked what he saw enough that he’s planning to make an offer for the 37-year-old former closer.

“He looked good. He’s a long ways from being able to pitch in a game,” Jocketty said. “But he looked good, and just after looking at him, he looked like he’s healthy. He’s going to have to go out and pitch for a while. I’ve got a call into his agent to talk to him and see what happens.”

Isringhausen pitched for Jocketty with the Cardinals from 2002-08 and notched 217 saves.

“I’d anticipate hes pleased with how well he threw in front of the staff,” Price said. “It looks like he could go out and pitch somewhere. He threw like almost 40 pitches, 35-38 pitches. It didn’t take him long to get loose and ready, four or five minutes of catch and then he was getting after it. He looked very healthy to me.”

No Phillips, Rolen, Hernandez

Tues lineup vs. WSH:

Cabrera 6
Janish 4
Votto 3
Gomes 7
Bruce 9
Cairo 5
Stubbs 8
Miller 2
Leake 1

*Nothing is wrong with Brandon Phillips — it’s just a day off. Phillips is batting .191 in July and was 0-for-9 over his last two games.

“He hasn’t had a day off. I could see him and Joey [Votto] are spent,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “It always happens after All-Star games. If it was around the corner, it would be no problem. But they went coast-to-coast and back and didn’t have any off days. When you’re tired, the first thing you lose is your concentration.

“I just told him to stay home, eat, sleep and show up late. I have to give Joey one off too because I can see he’s in the same boat, kind of.”

*Votto is 2-for-14 in the second half. Neither he nor Phillips can get a break Wednesday since Stephen Strasburg is starting for Washington.

*Not much is new with Scott Rolen, who is dealing with a sore right hamstring. He walked on the treadmill on Monday.

“I’m going to go stretch with the team, go out and throw a little bit and get my treatment and stuff,” Rolen said Tuesday. “I don’t feel any better. I don’t feel any worse right now.”

*Jason Isringhausen threw for the Reds today. I hope to have more of an update on that soon.

*Baker on Ramon Hernandez’s potential return: “Maybe tomorrow, maybe Thursday. We’re trying to ease him back into things.”

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Reds looking at Isringhausen?

I’m back on the case after an extended All-Star break.

Former All-Star reliever and free agent Jason Isringhausen told radio station KFNS in St. Louis that he is scheduled to throw for GM Walt Jocketty and the Reds this week.

Isringhausen last pitched in the Majors for the Rays in June 2009 before his elbow blew out and he had Tommy John surgery. Jocketty is very familiar with the ex-closer because he had him with the Cardinals from 2002-08 (including the World Series winning 2006 season) as he posted 217 saves with a 2.98 ERA. He told the radio station he’d likely need a couple of weeks in the Minors before he’d be ready for the big leagues again.

The Reds just signed former Cardinals reliever Russ Springer on Thursday. It’s clear Jocketty wants to supplement the bullpen but perhaps this is a sign the prices are too high for Cincinnati to trade for a reliever as the deadline nears.

UPDATE at 5 pm. —  Jocketty told me this afternoon that the signing of Springer and the upcoming look at Isringhausen is a reflection of what he’s seeing lately out there in terms of relievers and bullpen help.

“There’s not a lot available on the market,” Jocketty said. “I know these guys. I know what they can do if they’re healthy and still able to perform at the level they were. They’ve been through it. They know what it’s all about. It fits in a little bit with our plan.”

Isringhausen will throw for the Reds in the “next day or so,” Jocketty said.

“He requested an opportunity to throw for us and I honored that request. He says he’s fully recovered and ready to go. We’ll see. If he’s healthy and can still pitch, he might be able to help us. But I think he’ll have to go out and pitch a while [in the minors] if we’re interested.”

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