PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Jason Isringhausen has agreed to remain in Florida for up to two weeks after failing to claim the Mets' final bullpen spot. If another team approaches Isringhausen in the interim about a major league opportunity, New York must either call up the right-hander or let him walk.
"It's in their hands," Isringhausen said Wednesday. "If another team wants me, what we've talked about is they have the right to call me up or let me go."
Blaine Boyer claimed the final bullpen spot, in part because he had an out in his minor league contract and could have become a free agent.
"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," the 38-year-old Isringhausen said. "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. I mean, nobody knows what's going to happen. ...
"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."
Manager Terry Collins said he believes there will be a place for Isringhausen down the road.
"I still think that as we look down the road, you'll end up seeing him pitch for us," Collins said. "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.'
Isringhausen has not appeared in a major league game since June 13, 2009 with the Tampa Bay Rays. He signed after an early camp tryout.
"I've come this far," Isringhausen said. "Two weeks ain't going to kill me."
Isringhausen is confident based on his strong spring showing (1.29 ERA) that he will have a home in the majors somewhere this season.
"I would think so, unless things should go haywire, which I don't foresee happening," Isringhausen said. "So we'll stay down here and get my innings in. It doesn't matter who you're facing. I'll just work on my pitching still and face hitters. It's better to have some kind of structured outline rather than just going home and trying to throw at home."
Adam Rubin covers the Mets for ESPNNewYork.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.