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Nationals manager Davey Johnson said there is a possibility that reliever Craig Stammen could start Sunday’s game against the Brewers, and Stammen said he willing to take the ball if needed.
Stammen hasn’t started a game since late last year when he was pitching for Triple A Syracuse. When he was returned to the big leagues last September, Stammen worked out of the bullpen and allowed a run in 10 1/3 innings.
The Nationals need a starter because Johnson doesn’t want to use Jordan Zimmermann on short rest. Zimmermann pitched the first game of a doubleheader on Wednesday.
“I’ll do whatever they tell me to do. That’s what I am and what I have to do. If he asked me to start, I definitely take the ball,” Stammen said. “I’ve done it before so it’s not like it’s the first time I’ve started a game. But it’s been a while. So I guess It will be a little exciting for me. It will be fun.”
Stammen has been a valuable reliever for Washington this season. He has appeared in 53 games and has a 2.39 ERA. Johnson has used Stammen in every situation as a reliever except for closing games.
“It has been a good season thus far,” Stammen said. “We really didn’t know coming in how it was going to go. I pitched as well as I could have pitched last September. It kind of carried over this season – a lot of confidence. It has gone well.
“I like pitching as much as possible and Davey has put me in good spots for me to succeed. I’ve done as well as I good. I try to help this bullpen as much as possible.”
With right-hander Jason Marquis being activated today, Craig Stammen will go to the bullpen. I also learned no one will be sent down to the Minor Leagues. Someone will go on the disabled list. Ill have more on that later on MLB.com.
Nationals manager Jim Riggleman named four members of his rotation Monday. He said John Lannan, Jason Marquis, Craig Stammen and Livan Hernandez will be the four pitchers in that order.
The order of the rotation was first reported by MLB.com on Sunday.
Lannan will be the Opening Day starter against the Phillies on April 5 at Nationals Park. Marquis, Stammen and Hernandez will soon follow.
“I know they can pitch,” pitching coach Steve McCatty said. “We are not going to be the 96 mile an hour, jet blowing, No 1. Type starters who are 6-foot-6, but we have guys who sink the ball.
“When you have guys who can throw it up there and have some sink, throw strikes, mix in their off-speed pitches and compete, you know you have a good chance. Yes, I’m happy with [the rotation].”
Of the four starters named, Stammen and Hernandez appeared to be longs shots when Spring Training began.
Stammen had bone ships removed from his right elbow last September and it appeared he would start the season in the bullpen or be sent down to the Minor Leagues. It turned out he was the second-best pitcher behind Stephen Strasburg. Stammen allowed five earned runs in 14 1/3 innings and struck out 10 batters.
“The spring has gone well, so far,” Stammen said. “I came in healthy. My arm has felt really good the whole time. I had some success on the mound. Some of the hard work has paid off, but what you do in the spring doesn’t matter. All this stuff gets thrown out when the season starts. So I have to continue the success in April.”
Hernandez didn’t come into camp until late February and had to get into pitching shape. His first start wasn’t until March 14, but the late start didn’t hurt him as he allowed two earned runs in eight innings.
“I feel really happy. I worked hard since I came to Spring Training,” Hernandez said. “I came to Spring Training knowing I could still pitch and help the team win.”
The team must decide on who the fifth starter will be. Garrett Mock, Scott Olsen and J.D. Martin are competing for the final spot.
Not long ago, Mock was considered part of the rotation, but he has given up five runs in his last nine innings. That’s not including the disappointing outing last week against the Minor League Astros in which he gave up three home runs.
Olsen knew Sunday was his last chance to prove to the Nationals that he should be in the rotation. It turned out Olsen made the team’s decision even tougher in a 9-3 victory over the Braves.
Olsen pitched 5 1/3 innings and gave up one earned run on seven hits. He struck out four and walked none. It was Olsen’s best outing of the spring.
As for Martin, he gave up five runs in five innings against the Tigers last Thursday. The first inning was Martin’s only bad inning as he blanked Detroit in the next four frames.
The last time Martin pitched in a big-league game prior to that game was March 10 against the Cardinals. Rainouts and too many pitchers in camp were the reasons Martin didn’t see action until Thursday.
But it wasn’t like Martin was rusty. He pitched in simulated games and on the Minor League field.
Nationals right-hander Craig Stammen will be one of the starters competing for a spot in the rotation next year, but the team has not ruled out putting Stammen in the bullpen.
What role Stammen would have in the bullpen is not known. He would be considered an upgrade if he were in the bullpen. Stammen has experience out of the bullpen, making 20 relief appearances during his Minor League career.
“Whatever they want me to do, I will do,” Stammen said. “I want to go into Spring Training and show them what I can do. They will decide what they want from there. I’ve also proven that I can get guys out and I can get guys out as a reliever.”
Stammen played all season with bone spurs in his right elbow, but he didn’t shut it down until after Aug. 29. He had arthroscopic surgery to remove the spurs a little over a week later.
Stammen, who will be staying in the DC area after the season to rehab the elbow, said he is ahead of schedule and hopes to start throwing a baseball in four weeks.
In 2009, Stammen made 19 starts, going 4-7 with a 5.11 ERA. He wonders what kind of year he would have had if he didn’t have the bone spurs in the elbow.
“Just the way I was going in every start wasn’t how I was accustomed to — compared to how I felt last year,” Stammen said. “I’m going to feel a lot better than I did last year. Throughout the week, I’ll be working on things to get better on the mound rather than just be out there to pitch. I’m optimistic to find out why happens next year.”
Nationals right-hander Craig Stammen had arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow Sunday morning. Dr. Wiemi Douoguih, the team’s medical director, took bone chips out of the elbow.
Stammen is expected to be ready for Spring Training.
In other news, Triple-A Syracuse manager Tim Foli will be called up to the big leagues after the Minor League season ends on Monday. Entering Sunday’s action, the Chiefs are 75-66 under Foli.
Nationals right-handers Craig Stammen and Collin Balester are out for the season. Stammen has a bone spur in the back of his right elbow, while Balester has a strain on his left side. Both players are expected to be ready for Spring Training.
Stammen will have arthroscopic surgery on the elbow Sunday. The surgery will be performed by Dr. Wiemi Douoguih, the team’s medical director. Stammen started 19 games for Washington, going 4-7 with a 5.11 ERA.
Stammen has been playing in pain the entire season, but he felt he could still pitch through it. Stammen was happy the injury wasn’t much worse.
“It’s a relief. It’s never good to have surgery. I guess it’s one of those things that comes up with pitching,” Stammen said. “I decided not to tell anybody about it for the whole season. I decided to pitch through it. I don’t regret anything for a second. I was lucky to take the opportunity when it was given to me.”
As for Balester, he will be shut down for two weeks before participating in baseball activities. By the time he is ready, however, the season will be over. Balester was 1-4 with a 6.82 ERA in seven big-league starts.
The Nationals don’t need a fifth starter until the Sept. 12 against the Marlins. So the plan is to call up another starter until the season is over for Triple-A Syracuse.
Nationals right-hander Craig Stammen had an MRI on Thursday to determine the seriousness of his right elbow injury. He hopes to get the results on Friday.
Stammen said via phone that he has had elbow soreness throughout the 2009 season, but that didn’t stop him from making 19 starts and wining four games.
“It has been going on the whole season. It was something I was able to pitch through. It wasn’t bad to where I couldn’t pitch,” Stammen said about the elbow. “When it was time for me to get the ball, I was going to take it, no matter what was going on.
“They have to tear me away from the mound. They did this week by not letting me pitch tomorrow. I could still pitch tomorrow.”
Nationals left-hander Scott Olsen was scratched from Friday’s start against the Cubs because of a tight latissimus dorsi, a muscle near the shoulder area
Right-hander Craig Stammen, scheduled to pitch Monday against Mets, will now throw against Chicago on Friday. It’s not known who will throw against New York in the first game of a three-game series.
The Nationals’ bullpen is about to get younger. The team has decided that Craig Stammen, 25, will be a reliever once left-hander Scott Olsen is activated from the disabled list on Monday.
Instead, the Nationals will designate a veteran reliever for assignment. Right-handers Joel Hanrahan and Jesus Colome are the leading candidates to leave the team. Both have been hit hard this season.
As for Stammen, he will be a reliever for the first time since early last year when he was with Class a Potomac. He said he was happy that he wasn’t going back to the Minor Leagues.
“I wants to stick around as a starter, but Scott has been doing this a while and he deserves to have his spot back,” Stammen said. “I have been in the bullpen before. I did it before in college and I did it in the Minor Leagues.”
Since the Nationals hired Steve McCatty to be their new pitching coach on June 2, the Nationals’ starting rotation has performed well, going 5-10 with a 3.11 ERA.
Two of the starters in the rotation — John Lannan and Craig Stammen — declined to compare McCatty to former pitching coach Randy St. Claire, who was dismissed that same day.
Lannan and Stammen said there are a combination of reasons the starters have pitched well recently. It helps that the rotation is familiar with McCatty, who coached them in Triple-A. All of the starters, which also includes Ross Detwiler, Shairon Martis and Jordan Zimmermann, love McCatty’s old school ways of getting hitter’s out. Just throw strikes.
“He brings a different kind of attitude — maybe one that we needed, kind of a hardball attitude,” Stammen said. “I think we have a bunch of old school guys [in the rotation] who are willing to listen to him and buy in to what he says.
“When you coach, you have to buy into it. It’s not that we didn’t buy into Randy. We just didn’t pitch very well. Cat has done a great job so far.”
Lannan said the rotation turned the page after St. Claire left the team and rely heavily on catchers Josh Bard and Wil Nieves. McCatty also told them to hold themselves accountable, whenever they throw a bad pitch.
“Saint is gone and that is sad, but we have to stop talking about it. His ways are gone,” Lannan said. “It’s kind of a new thought process. It’s kind of sad to say that, but we have to move on. I think a big part of our success is Josh Bard and Wil Nieves. They taught us as a staff that we need to communicate and feed off each other.
“McCatty told us if we make a bad pitch, hey, it’s on us. We are the ones who is throwing the ball. It’s not the catcher who called it, it’s us. You executed the pitch.”