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Kris Medlen | Starting Pitcher | #39

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (31) / 10/7/1985
Ht / Wt:  5'10" / 190
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
College: Santa Ana (CA) JC
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 10 (0) / ATL
Contract: view contract details

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Royals declined RHP Kris Medlen's $10 million mutual option for 2017.
He'll receive a $1 million buyout instead. The Royals didn't get a whole lot out of their $8.5 million investment in Medlen, as he posted a 5.12 ERA over 21 appearances -- 14 starts -- across two seasons. The 31-year-old's 2016 campaign ended early due to shoulder issues and he might have to settle for a non-guaranteed contract this winter. Fri, Nov 4, 2016 03:04:00 PM

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Kris Medlen (shoulder) worked two scoreless innings in the Arizona League on Tuesday.

He is expected to advance to a rehab start at Triple-A Omaha this Saturday. Medlen has been on the disabled list since mid-May because of a right rotator cuff injury and probably won't become an option for the Royals until sometime in early September.
Wed, Aug 17, 2016 01:54:00 PM

Kris Medlen (shoulder) is set to begin a rehab assignment Tuesday in the Arizona League.

If that outing goes well, he will advance to Triple-A Omaha on Saturday. Medlen has been on the disabled list since mid-May because of a rotator cuff injury. He's already suffered multiple setbacks.
Tue, Aug 16, 2016 03:57:00 PM

Kris Medlen (shoulder) has been throwing live batting practice at the Royals' spring training complex.

It's unclear when he'll be cleared for a rehab assignment, as the Royals are taking things slowly with the righty after his setback last month. Medlen is unlikely to make it back before September.
Sun, Aug 14, 2016 11:12:00 AM

Kris Medlen (shoulder) threw a bullpen session Friday.

There's no timetable for Medlen's return, but he appears to have finally made some progress. He was pulled off his rehab assignment a month ago due to a sore shoulder.
Fri, Aug 5, 2016 05:55:00 PM

Royals transferred RHP Kris Medlen to the 60-day disabled list.

That opens up a spot for Nick Tepesch on the 40-man roster. Medlen has already been on the disabled list longer than 60 days so this won't affect his return date. The right-hander started a rehab assignment last month but was shut down after suffering a sprained shoulder.
Mon, Jul 18, 2016 02:57:00 PM

Kris Medlen (shoulder) will be shut down for a couple weeks after being diagnosed with a Grade 1 shoulder sprain.

Medlen was pulled off his minor league rehab assignment earlier this week and now we have a better idea why. This setback will significantly push back his timetable. The right-hander was first sidelined in mid-May with rotator cuff inflammation. With Medlen still hurt, the Royals might need to address starting pitching at the trade deadline.
Thu, Jul 7, 2016 06:41:00 PM

Kris Medlen has been pulled off his minor league rehab assignment due to renewed shoulder trouble.

This one is being called a shoulder strain for now, though Medlen is headed back to Kansas City on Wednesday for a full reevaluation. The right-hander had registered a 5.50 ERA in five minor league rehab starts. He hasn't pitched in a game for the Royals since May 10.
Wed, Jul 6, 2016 12:43:00 PM

Kris Medlen (shoulder) will continue his minor league rehab assignment Saturday with Triple-A Omaha.

Medlen, who is coming back from a Grade 1 strain of his rotator cuff, posted a 7.20 ERA and 8/2 K/BB ratio in five innings over two starts with Double-A Northwest Arkansas. He appears on track to return in early July.
Sat, Jun 25, 2016 02:54:00 PM

Kris Medlen (shoulder) threw a live batting practice session Monday in Arizona.

Medlen will throw another BP session before being reevaluated. The right-hander has been out since May 10 with a Grade 1 strain of his rotator cuff.
Mon, Jun 6, 2016 05:32:00 PM

Kris Medlen (shoulder) plans to begin throwing Friday.

An MRI taken last week showed a Grade 1 rotator cuff strain in Medlen's right shoulder, but the inflammation is gone and he's going to try to see if he can pitch through the injury. There's no timetable for his return.
Wed, May 18, 2016 11:58:00 AM

Kris Medlen's MRI revealed a Grade 1 rotator cuff strain.

Medlen won't throw for a while, though he claims his shoulder inflammation has gone down. There's still no timetable for his return. Danny Duffy has absorbed Medlen's spot in the starting rotation.
Sat, May 14, 2016 05:11:00 PM

Royals placed RHP Kris Medlen on the 15-day disabled list with a right rotator cuff inflammation.

Medlen came down with shoulder discomfort after getting shelled for four runs over just two innings of work Tuesday in a loss to the Yankees. He'll head for an MRI on Friday. The right-hander owns a brutal 7.77 ERA and 2.05 WHIP in 24 1/3 total innings this season. It's not clear how long this absence will be. Kansas City also lost Chris Young (forearm) to the disabled list on Thursday afternoon, so both Danny Duffy and Brian Flynn could get rotation looks.
Thu, May 12, 2016 02:41:00 PM

Kris Medlen might not be able to make his next scheduled start due to a shoulder issue.

Medlen, sitting on a 7.77 ERA and 2.05 WHIP in 24 1/3 innings, is due to have his right shoulder examined by team doctors on Thursday. Kansas City could turn to Danny Duffy or Brian Flynn for Medlen's turn in Sunday's series finale against the Red Sox. But neither pitcher has thrown more than 70 innings this season and this probably isn't a place to turn for immediate fantasy streaming possibilities.
Thu, May 12, 2016 06:43:00 AM

Kris Medlen was pummeled for four runs over just two innings of work in Tuesday's loss to the Yankees.

He allowed six hits and walked three without recording a strikeout. It's the second straight outing where Medlen has lasted just two frames, and he now has a hideous 7.77 ERA, 2.05 WHIP and 18/20 K/BB ratio over 24 1/3 innings on the season. The Royals would seem to have to boot Medlen from their rotation at this point, but the problem is Chris Young is also struggling and might be hurt. If Medlen gets another shot, it will come this weekend versus the Braves.
Tue, May 10, 2016 10:32:00 PM

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