Stammen has thrown three scoreless innings with three strikeouts and no walks in three Cactus League appearances. Stammen was signed to a minor league deal after a shoulder injury derailed his career in 2015. The 33-year-old said that feels healthy for the first time in a while, and his early spring training success speaks truth to that. The Padres' bullpen is already set at the top, but there is opportunity for a veteran pitcher like Stammen to earn a middle relief role.
Stammen signed a minor league contract with the Padres on Saturday, SB Nation's Chris Cotillo reports. The veteran right-hander hasn't pitched in a game since tearing his flexor tendon early in the 2015 campaign. However, the Padres appear to be convinced that Stammen is healthy once again as they agreed to terms on a minor league deal with him. At this time, he's expected to report to the team's minor league spring training.
Stammen (forearm) has progressed to throwing off a mound at 75 percent intensity, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports. The veteran reliever has been throwing 35-pitch bullpens of late, mixing in all of his pitches as he continues to build up strength in his forearm after sitting out for most of 2015 with a torn right flexor tendon. He'll likely continue to stick with bullpen sessions for the time being until he can increase his intensity and pitch count. Once he's able to ramp up to full strength, Stammen figures to begin facing live batters. Still, he appears to be on track for a return on the other side of the All-Star break.
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.