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.
The Nationals purchased the contract of right-hander Joe Ross, optioned right-handed pitcher A.J. Cole to Triple-A Syracuse, and moved right-handed pitcher Craig Stammen to the 60-day disabled list on Saturday, per the team's official website. Ross will make his big-league debut on Saturday against the Cubs. He went 2-2 with a 2.81 ERA, a 1.13 WHIP and 54:12 K:BB ratio over nine starts (51 1/3 innings) in the minors. Cole made three appearances -- including one start -- for the Nationals, notching one save in 9 1/3 innings of work.
Nationals pitcher Craig Stammen is "on the road to recovery" after Sunday's flexor tendon surgery, manager Matt Williams said on Tuesday. Williams said the surgery was a success, and the timetable for his recovery has not yet been determined, per the Washington Times. Williams said it would be "extensive".
Nationals reliever Craig Stammen underwent surgery Sunday to repair a torn flexor tendon in his pitching arm. There was no ligament damage, but Stammen still needs a 10-month recovery period. He is expected to be ready for spring training, per The Washington Post.