Stammen (elbow) is expected to begin throwing live batting practice within the next two weeks, Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com reports. Stammen has been throwing off a mound since February 23, so it's good to see that the veteran pitcher is steadily progressing through his rehabilitation process. That being said, he's still likely t miss the beginning of the season.
Stammen (elbow) threw from the mound Monday, MLB.com reports. Stammen had a couple of bullpen sessions under his belt but Monday's session was his first mound work of spring as he looks to recover from a torn right flexor tendon. He's not expected to be ready for the start of the season.
Stammen will likely begin this season on the disabled list, reports. Manager Terry Francona hinted that Stammen wouldn't be ready for the start of the season on Thursday. The 31-year-old is recovering from a torn right flexor tendon that he suffered last April.
Stammen signed a minor league contract with the Indians that includes an invitation to spring training. Stammen sat out for most of 2015 with a forearm injury, which led to the Nationals non-tendering the 31-year-old. That being said, he has had some decent numbers out of the bullpen during his career, posting a 2.93 ERA and 1.25 WHIP with nearly a strikeout per inning from 2012 through 2014. If he can get back to full health, Stammen could prove to be a nice under-the-radar pickup for Cleveland.
Stammen was not tendered a contract by the Nationals on Wednesday. Stammen suffered a forearm injury in April and was shelved for the rest of the 2015 season. His impact for the year was very minimal and the Nationals decided to not bring the 31-year-old back for the 2016 season. Depending on his health coming in to next year, there will be many teams that will be interested in Stammen.
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