Craig Stammen

Craig Stammen likely out for the year with torn flexor tendon

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Nationals reliever Craig Stammen has been diagnosed with a torn flexor tendon and will undergo surgery that’s expected to end his season.

Stammen was placed on the disabled list Wednesday with what the Nationals called forearm tightness. While not a big name, Stammen has logged 70-plus innings in each of the past three seasons and has a 2.80 ERA since shifting to the bullpen full time.

As for possible bullpen help … Rafael Soriano is still available as a free agent, but there’s been zero indication that the Nationals are open to bringing their former closer back even in a setup role.