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Craig Stammen | Relief Pitcher

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (31) / 3/9/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 227
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Dayton
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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. Nov 6 - 9:26 AM

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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.
Jun 6 - 10:49 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.
Apr 20 - 5:55 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).
Apr 17 - 4:15 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.
Apr 16 - 4:25 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.
Apr 15 - 10:22 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.
Mar 6 - 5:52 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.
Jan 15 - 8:30 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

Nationals recalled RHP Craig Stammen from Triple-A Syracuse.

Stammen had a brief stint with the Nats in June, but has spent the majority of the season at the Triple-A level, posting a 4.75 ERA and 127/40 K/BB ratio over 142 innings. He'll pitch out of the Nats' bullpen in September.
Tue, Sep 6, 2011 03:47:00 PM

Nationals optioned RHP Craig Stammen to Triple-A Syrcause.

The Nats needed to clear a roster spot for the return of third baseman Ryan Zimmerman. Stammen, 27, made just two relief appearances while in the bigs.
Tue, Jun 14, 2011 02:44:00 PM

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Relief Pitcher
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4Felipe Rivero
5Craig Stammen
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