The Padres have exercised their $4 million club option on Stammen for the 2022 season, Kevin Acee of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports. The righty bounced back from a rough 2020 to post a 3.06 ERA and 1.04 WHIP in 88.1 innings in 2021. Stammen's versatility out of the bullpen and availability for spot starts makes him a huge asset, even as he heads into his age-38 season.
Stammen (illness) was activated from the COVID-19-related injured list Thursday. Stammen experienced flu-like symptoms but apparently did not test positive for COVID-19. As a result, he was only forced to miss two games. He should be available to pitch in Thursday's contest if needed, as he has not taken the mound since Sept. 24.
Stammen's placement on the COVID-19-related injured list Tuesday was the result of him experiencing flu-like symptoms, Kevin Acee of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Since Stammen hasn't tested positive for the virus and was merely placed on the IL as a precaution, he'll be eligible to rejoin the Padres before the season ends Sunday. In 65 appearances (four starts) spanning 85.2 innings this season, Stammen has gone 6-3 with seven holds, one save and a 2.94 ERA.
Stammen was placed on the injured list Tuesday without an injury designation, Kevin Acee of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports. The lack of an injury designation often indicates the move is related to the COVID-19 protocols, which would allow Stammen to be activated as soon as he clears said protocols. Regardless, the veteran right-hander is now sidelined for the immediate future.
Stammen hurled 3.2 scoreless innings in relief Sunday against St. Louis, allowing two hits and striking out three. Stammen pitched way earlier than he would've expected it since Jake Arrieta (groin) only recorded one out before departing the contest. This was a sort of bounce-back effort for the 37-year-old, as he had given up runs in two of his previous three outings while pitching at least three frames for the first time since mid-April. Stammen owns a 2.89 ERA through seven appearances (9.1 innings) this month.