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12 years later, Izzy returns to Mets

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If he could wait 12 years, he could certainly wait another two weeks. He didn't want to, but Jason Isringhausen could wait.

Isringhausen, long after being drafted by the Mets and developed as part of the heralded, Generation K, along with Bill Pulsipher and Paul Wilson, and nearly as long since he was dealt away in 1999, finally was back on the mound with the Mets again Monday night.

He took the mound in the seventh inning, arriving Monday morning from Port St. Lucie, Fla., where he'd grudgingly agreed to serve a 15-day extended spring training assignment. He was introduced and the crowd, including kids who weren't born when he was the next big thing for the Mets, gave him a long, loud ovation.

It would be hard not to cheer for Isringhausen. He was out of baseball, playing softball with beers awaiting players, when he decided to give it a try, auditioning for the Mets -- and earning a spot in major league camp. A three-time Tommy John Surgery victim, Izzy told the Mets to give him the ball and he'd do all he could until his elbow blew out.

"I'll take it one day at a time when I go out there and pitch," Isringhausen said. "I'll give it everything I've got."

It was good enough to get both hitters he faced out, a positive in a night of rough bullpen performances again for the Mets, who fell to the Rockies, 7-6.

"I'm not looking to come in here and do anything special," he said. "Just do the job when called upon."

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