Time is tight for the St. Louis Cardinals to make a move in the NL Central standings, and now it looks like they'll have to do it with a rookie closer.
Cardinals reliever Jason Isringhausen is likely done for the season with an elbow injury.
An MRI on the 35-year old closer revealed right elbow tendinitis and a partially torn tendon.
Manager Tony LaRussa doesn't believe the injury is career ending.
Izzy's been demoted from the closer role twice this season.
He's been stuck on 293 career saves since Aug. 1 and was removed as the closer earlier this month when rookie right-hander Chris Perez was recalled from Triple-A Memphis to Pitch for the
The Cards will also be down a starter for the next week.
Pitcher Kyle Lohse is suspended five games and fined an undisclosed amount for throwing a fastball past the head of Cincinnati pitcher Edison Volquez last weekend.
Lohse has appealed the penalty, and can continue to play until a hearing is held.