Rays' Isringhausen To Start Season On DL

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PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) - Tampa Bay reliever Jason Isringhausen will begin the season on the disabled list, a move that will give him additional time to build arm strength following elbow surgery and potentially bolsters the depth of the Rays' bullpen.

The defending AL champions purchased the 36-year-old right-hander's contract from Triple-A Durham and plan to put him on the 15-day DL Sunday, the day before the Rays open the regular season in Boston.

A veteran of 13 major league seasons, Isringhausen spent the last seven years with the St. Louis Cardinals. Injuries limited him to 42 appearances and 12 saves in 2008, his lowest total since converting to closer in 1999.