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"It's bad news," Ludwick said. "He's a fighter, he's a tough guy and it's a tough loss."
Isringhausen is 12-for-19 in save chances and 1-5 with a 5.70 ERA. He has 293 career saves but only one since May 5, and was removed as the closer earlier this month after briefly regaining his spot when rookie right-hander Chris Perez was recalled from Triple-A Memphis.
Perez is 4-for-4 since being recalled on Aug. 6, although La Russa and Mozeliak have not officially anointed him the new closer.
Isringhausen last pitched on Saturday, working a scoreless eighth in a 9-3 victory at Cincinnati. La Russa said Isringhausen had been complaining of elbow pain for a week or so. He had a 4.01 ERA in 21 appearances since coming off the DL in June, where he landed with a cut hand after striking a television in frustration brought on by an 8.00 ERA in his first 21 outings.
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