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.
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.