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Craig Stammen | Relief Pitcher | #35

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (31) / 3/9/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 227
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Dayton
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 12 (0) / WAS
Contract: view contract details

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Ben Nicholson-Smith of reports that the Blue Jays are interested in free agent reliever Craig Stammen.
It sounds like he's among a handful of names they are considering. Stammen made just five appearances this past season before undergoing surgery for a torn flexor tendon. The Nationals non-tendered him last week, but he's said to be healthy now and could make for a nice buy-low. Tue, Dec 8, 2015 04:00:00 PM

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Nationals non-tendered RHP Craig Stammen.

Stammen missed the majority of the 2015 season following surgery to repair a torn flexor tendon. The 31-year-old should have something close to a clean bill of health heading into 2016. He is now on the free agent market.
Thu, Dec 3, 2015 12:08:00 AM

Nationals activated RHP Craig Stammen from the 60-day disabled list.

He's now back on the 40-man roster. Stammen missed most of 2015 after surgery to repair a torn right flexor tendon, but the Nat think he'll be ready for spring training.
Fri, Nov 6, 2015 09:26:00 AM

Nationals transferred RHP Craig Stammen to the 60-day disabled list.

This was done as nothing more than a procedural move to create a spot on the 40-man roster for Joe Ross who will start on Saturday. Stammen will miss the entire 2015 season after undergoing surgery to repair a torn right flexor tendon.
Sat, Jun 6, 2015 10:49:00 AM

Craig Stammen underwent successful surgery Monday to repair a torn right flexor tendon.

He's expected to be sidelined for 10 months, but the Nationals think he'll be ready for spring training next season. Stammen is making $2.25 million this season and will be eligible for arbitration for a final time this winter.
Mon, Apr 20, 2015 05:55:00 PM

Craig Stammen will have surgery Sunday to repair a flexor tendon tear.

"Bring it on," Stammen said. "I've got another challenge to try to overcome." The Nationals haven't provided a timetable for Stammen's return, but he's fully expected to miss the rest of the season. It's a big blow to a Nats bullpen that's already without fellow setup man Casey Janssen (shoulder).
Fri, Apr 17, 2015 04:15:00 PM

Nationals manager Matt Williams said Thursday that Craig Stammen (forearm) was diagnosed with a flexor tear following an MRI and will require surgery.

Williams told reporters that Stammen could miss the rest of the season. It's a tough break for the Nationals, as the 31-year-old has thrown at least 72 2/3 innings in each of the past three seasons while compiling a 2.93 ERA. He's going to be hard to replace.
Thu, Apr 16, 2015 04:25:00 PM

Nationals placed RHP Craig Stammen on the 15-day disabled list with right forearm stiffness.

He first felt pain in the forearm on Sunday and it worsened after Tuesday's appearance. The reliever passed manual tests but will undergo an MRI to see if there's any structural damage. Taylor Jordan has taken Stammen's spot in the Nats' bullpen.
Wed, Apr 15, 2015 10:22:00 AM

Craig Stammen was lit up for five runs and eight hits in 1 2/3 innings out of the pen by the Braves on Friday.

Stammen had some July and September struggles last year, so it'd be nice to see him get off to a strong start. The Nationals should have more need of him this season with Rafael Soriano and Tyler Clippard gone, though they could always start turning to younger arms if he falters.
Fri, Mar 6, 2015 05:52:00 PM

Nationals and RHP Craig Stammen avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.25 million contract. had projected the reliever to earn $2.1 million in his second year of arbitration. Stammen had a down year by his standards in 2014 with a 3.84 ERA, but he posted a sub-3.00 mark in each of the previous two campaigns. With Tyler Clippard no longer around, Stammen should be the Nats' primary right-handed setup man.
Thu, Jan 15, 2015 08:30:00 PM

Craig Stammen pitched scoreless 11th, 12th and 13th innings for a win Thursday against the Mets.

Stammen's had a rough go of it of late, so the Nationals had to be almost as happy about his outing today as they were Bryce Harper's walkoff homer. Going into this one, Stammen has given up 12 runs in 11 2/3 innings, taking his ERA from 2.68 to 4.07.
Thu, Aug 7, 2014 05:25:00 PM

Craig Stammen was hit hard in relief of Stephen Strasburg during Tuesday's loss to the Nationals, allowing five runs in an inning of work.

Stammen allowed six hits and a walk while recording only one strikeout. The right-hander had been solid for the Nationals in his first four appearances, but the Marlins weren't fooled by anything he threw. Stammen's ERA ballooned from 1.23 to 6.48 with the outing.
Tue, Apr 15, 2014 10:14:00 PM

Craig Stammen threw four scoreless innings in relief of injured starter Stephen Strasburg to earn the win on Friday.

Strasburg lasted only two innings before being lifted due to a muscle issue in his back, forcing Stammen into action. All the reliever did was throw four perfect innings, striking out three. The win was his third of the year, and the Nationals' long reliever now has a 2.60 ERA.
Fri, May 31, 2013 10:42:00 PM

Craig Stammen was knocked around the park by the Giants Monday, allowing two runs on seven hits over 2 2/3 innings.

Washington didn't have much of a chance after Zach Duke spotted the Giants an early lead, but Stammen's poor performance sealed their fate. Stammen stranded a handful of runners to limit the damage this game had on his ERA, which jumped from 2.25 to 2.78. As a long reliever, Stammen has fulfilled expectations, adding a 1.19 WHIP and 23/5 K/BB rate over 22 2/3 innings.
Tue, May 21, 2013 04:31:00 AM

Nationals avoided arbitration with RHP Craig Stammen by agreeing to a two-year, $2.25 million contract.

Stammen, who was arbitration-eligible for the first time as a Super 2 qualifier, held a 2.34 ERA while striking out a batter per inning for the Nats last season. He'll pitch the middle innings for them in 2013.
Fri, Jan 18, 2013 12:46:00 PM

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