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03/30/12 11:47 AM ET

Isringhausen wins place in Angels bullpen

Veteran reliever with 300 career saves added to 40-man roster

TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Angels, facing a 9 a.m. PT deadline to make a decision, added Jason Isringhausen to their 40-man roster on Friday, thus giving the veteran right-hander a spot in their Opening Day bullpen.

Under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the Angels would have had to pay $100,000 to keep Isringhausen, who signed to a Minor League contract at the start of Spring Training, on the roster past 9 a.m. PT.

Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto informed the 39-year-old on Thursday night that the club would be keeping him on the roster. Isringhausen signed a big league contract on Friday morning.

"I'm thankful for the opportunity," Isringhausen said. "I'm going to give them everything I've got."

Isringhausen, who has 300 saves in his 15 Major League seasons, pitched back-to-back clean innings on Wednesday and Thursday in hopes of showcasing to the Angels that he belonged on the club. He said he would have retired if the Angels cut him.

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