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Isringhausen has inflamed elbow

Mets relief pitcher Jason Isringhausen throws during a

Mets relief pitcher Jason Isringhausen throws during a spring training game against the Nationals in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (Feb. 28, 2011) Credit: AP

PORT ST LUCIE, Fla. -- Jason Isringhausen's roster spot could be in jeopardy now that he is dealing with elbow inflammation.

Isringhausen received anti-inflammatory medication Monday for his elbow and has been shut down from throwing for 24 hours, general manager Sandy Alderson said.

Isringhausen, who is in camp as a non-roster invite, has pitched well so far and had been expected to start the season as the Mets' primary setup man. But he's been plagued by injuries throughout his career, including three separate Tommy John surgeries on his elbow.

"It’s a factor we’ll have to take into account," Alderson said. "Whether it turns out to be significant or not we’ll know in the next few days. Right now we don’t think it is."

Isringhausen is expected to resume throwing Tuesday with long toss. Opening Day is next Friday night.

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