Now 40, Isringhausen still contributing to Angels

Now 40, Isringhausen still contributing to Angels

ANAHEIM -- Coming into the season, the Angels weren't sure what to expect out of reliever Jason Isringhausen.

Signed to a Minor League contract in the middle of Spring Training, Isringhausen, who turned 40 on Friday, has been a pleasant surprise.

Leading the club with 47 appearances, the right-hander is 3-2 with a 3.92 ERA this season. A veteran presence in the bullpen, Isringhausen ranks third among active pitches with 300 career saves during his 16 seasons in the Majors.

"It took him a little while to get the feel for things," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "At the beginning of the season, he threw well. He's had some rough outings, but for a guy that is 40, he is throwing remarkably well. Hopefully, he has enough in the tank to help us the rest of the season."

Recording his 50th career victory on June 11, Isringhausen became just the 15th pitcher in baseball history with 50 wins and 300 saves.