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Craig Stammen | Relief Pitcher | #35

Team: Cleveland Indians
Age / DOB:  (32) / 3/9/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 230
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Dayton
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 12 (0) / WAS
Contract: view contract details

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Indians manager Terry Francona revealed Thursday that Craig Stammen (elbow) "was pretty much shut down for most of April."
Francona added that Stammen "just wasn't bouncing back as well as he'd hoped" as he makes his way back from flexor tendon surgery. Stammen is playing catch from 120 feet again and doing well for the time being, but it doesn't sound like he'll be an option for the Tribe anytime soon. The veteran right was signed to a minor league deal in February. May 6 - 9:19 AM

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Craig Stammen (elbow) is expected to throw live batting practice within the next two weeks.

Stammen, who is in Indians' camp on a minor league deal, is coming back from surgery last April to repair a torn flexor tendon in his elbow. He already has multiple bullpen sessions under his belt and will soon be ready to make the next step in his rehab process. If all goes according to plan, he should be able to help Cleveland's bullpen in the early part of the season.
Mar 7 - 4:24 PM

Craig Stammen (elbow) is nearing his first live batting practice session.

Stammen has been throwing regular bullpen workouts for the last 10 days without issue and is just about ready to take the next step in his rehab. The right-hander underwent surgery last April to repair a torn flexor tendon in his pitching elbow. He could be ready before May if everything continues to go according to plan.
Mar 3 - 11:57 AM

Craig Stammen (elbow) threw a bullpen session on Monday.

Stammen has thrown off a mound a few times since last April's surgery to repair a torn flexor tendon, but he's going to open the season on the disabled list. The right-hander could be ready sometime in April and should help the Tribe in middle relief.
Feb 22 - 7:40 PM

Craig Stammen (elbow) is unlikely to open the 2016 season on the Indians' active roster.

Indians manager Terry Francona did say Stammen is ahead of fellow right-hander Tommy Hunter, who is recovering from core muscle surgery. Stammen had surgery last April to repair a torn flexor tendon in his throwing elbow and is a few weeks away from normal pitching drills. He signed a minor league contract with Cleveland earlier this month. Punch his ticket to the Triple-A disabled list.
Feb 18 - 2:52 PM

Indians signed RHP Craig Stammen to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Stammen was limited to five appearances in 2015 due to an elbow injury that required surgery, but he should be close to full health leading into the 2016 season. If he has a strong showing during Cactus League play, there may be a spot for him in the Indians' Opening Day bullpen. The 32-year-old right-hander owns a 3.91 career ERA, and he boasts a 2.80 ERA since becoming a full-time reliever in 2011.
Feb 8 - 2:33 PM

According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Indians are working toward a deal with Craig Stammen.

Stammen made just five appearances in 2015 before requiring surgery for a torn flexor tendon in his right elbow. The soon-to-be 32-year-old was non-tendered by the Nationals in early December. It's not clear what his new deal with the Indians will be worth. Look for something more official by Monday evening.
Feb 8 - 10:39 AM

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

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

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