Isringhausen taken out of closer role for time being

Updated: May 10, 2008, 8:59 PM ET
Associated Press

MILWAUKEE -- Jason Isringhausen got his wish.

After blowing his fifth save Friday night -- tying Milwaukee's Eric Gagne for most in the major leagues -- in a 4-3 loss to the Brewers, the Cardinals' embattled reliever will no longer close games, manager Tony La Russa said Saturday.

"He's still prepared to pitch important innings, but for a while we'll try to keep him out of the ninth inning," La Russa said. "There's still going to be games where you can't cherry-pick his situations ...

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