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Kris Medlen | Relief Pitcher

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (29) / 10/7/1985
Ht / Wt:  5'10" / 190
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
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Royals activated RHP Kris Medlen from the 60-day disabled list.
Medlen will pitch out of the bullpen initially, but he showed some positive signs in a starting role on his 30-inning minor league rehab assignment and could eventually get a look in the Royals' rotation. The 29-year-old right-hander is coming back from his second career Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery. He hasn't pitched in a major league game since 2013. Jul 20 - 3:10 PM

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Royals manager Ned Yost confirmed Friday that Kris Medlen (elbow) will pitch out of the bullpen once activated.

He's not expected to be activated until Monday. Medlen has pitched well on his rehab assignment with a 3.56 ERA and 20/5 K/BB ratio over 30 1/3 innings. He's coming back from a second Tommy John surgery, though, so the Royals want to be careful with his workload.
Jul 17 - 11:09 AM

Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star writes that the "most likely scenario" has the Royals using Kris Medlen (elbow) as a reliever when he's activated.

Medlen's 30-day rehab window is nearly up, as he threw seven shutout innings in his final rehab start on Wednesday. The Royals will soon have seven options for their rotation including Medlen, so it makes sense to put him in the bullpen since the club wants to be cautious as he returns from a second Tommy John surgery.
Jul 17 - 10:21 AM

Kris Medlen (elbow) allowed two runs over 3 2/3 innings Monday in a minor league rehab start with Triple-A Omaha.

Medlen, who is working his way back from Tommy John surgery, gave up four hits (including two home runs) while walking none and striking out none. It was his first start in Triple-A after posting a 5.63 ERA and 7/2 K/BB ratio in eight innings over two outings with Double-A Northwest Arkansas. He's on track to join the Royals by mid-July, though it's unclear how he'll be used.
Jun 30 - 10:42 AM

Kris Medlen pitched well in his first minor league rehab start with Double-A Northwest Arkansas on Friday, allowing three runs (one earned) on four hits over his four innings of work.

Medlen racked up five strikeouts on the afternoon and didn't issue a walk. He threw 39 of his 60 pitches for strikes. He will require several more minor league starts as he continues to progress in his recovery from Tommy John surgery, and could be an option for the Royals in mid-July.
Jun 19 - 7:56 PM

Kris Medlen (elbow) is scheduled to begin a minor league rehab assignment Friday with Double-A Northwest Arkansas.

Medlen is currently working his way back from his second Tommy John surgery. The Royals have taken things slow with his rehab and will likely keep him in the minors for the entirety of the 30-day window. It's unclear if he'll pitch as a starter or reliever upon joining the Royals.
Jun 18 - 4:50 PM

Royals manager Ned Yost said Saturday that Kris Medlen (elbow) is on track to join the Royals around the All-Star break.

Medlen, who is again working his way back from Tommy John surgery, is expected to begin a minor league rehab assignment very soon. Once started, he'll have a 30-day window in which to join the team.
Jun 6 - 12:34 PM

Kris Medlen (elbow) will throw a three-inning simulated game on Thursday.

Medlen threw his second two-inning sim game last Saturday. "It’s felt great," Medlen said. "The first time I threw there was a little soreness the next day." Once he's built up to five innings, the right-hander will begin a rehab assignment.
Jun 3 - 10:04 AM

Royals general manager Dayton Moore said that Kris Medlen (elbow) will depart for a minor league rehab assignment "sooner rather than later."

Medlen, who signed a two-year deal with the Royals over the winter, is being brought along slowly after undergoing the second Tommy John surgery on his career last March. The team wants him to build up to five innings before going on a rehab assignment. It's unclear whether he's coming back as a starter or reliever.
May 28 - 5:01 PM

Kris Medlen (elbow) is slated to begin throwing to hitters next Monday.

Medlen, who underwent the second Tommy John surgery of his career last March, threw his first bullpen session about a month ago and is now ready to take the next step. The Royals signed him to a two-year deal over the winter and he could be ready to contribute around midseason if all goes well.
Apr 30 - 5:17 PM

Kris Medlen (elbow) threw curveballs off a mound last week.

It's the first time he's done so since last year's Tommy John surgery. Medlen will begin making rehab appearances at extended spring training in May and remains on track for a midseason return.
Apr 12 - 1:58 PM

Kris Medlen (elbow) threw a 17-pitch bullpen session on Wednesday.

It's the first time he's thrown from the bump since undergoing a second Tommy John surgery. "I felt like I was extremely rusty," Medlen said. "Because I was just having trouble repeating (my delivery) and all that stuff. That’s my pitching style, and I take pride in that, and I couldn’t do it. So that was a little frustrating. But armwise, it felt like it was coming out really good. I felt strong." Medlen will receive four days off as he eases back into a throwing program. Royals manager Ned Yost has said it's possible the righty could be with the big club by June, but general manager Dayton Moore has offered a more realistic timetable of after the All-Star break. Medlen is under team control through 2017.
Mar 20 - 10:05 AM

Royals placed RHP Kris Medlen on the 60-day disabled list.

This is nothing more than a procedural move to create a spot on the 40-man roster for the recently signed Chris Young. Medlen, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery, isn't expected to contribute to the Royals until the second half of the season.
Mar 7 - 12:58 PM

Royals general manager Dayton Moore said Thursday that they are looking at Kris Medlen (elbow) as someone who will be able to contribute in the second half in 2015.

Medlen, who is coming off a second Tommy John surgery this past March, was signed to a two-year, $8.5 million contract with a $10 million mutual option for 2017. The Royals are going to be extra careful about pushing him too soon.
Thu, Dec 18, 2014 04:45:00 PM

Royals signed RHP Kris Medlen to a two-year, $8.5 million contract with a $10 million mutual option for 2017.

Atlanta non-tendered Medlen earlier this month to avoid paying him nearly $6 million in 2015 via salary arbitration. He's recovering from a second Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery and probably won't be ready by Opening Day for the Royals, but the 29-year-old boasts a 2.95 ERA and 1.16 WHIP in 512 2/3 career major league innings. It's a worthwhile risk for Kansas City at only $8.5 million guaranteed.
Thu, Dec 18, 2014 03:18:00 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Salvador Perez
2Drew Butera
1B1Eric Hosmer
2B1Omar Infante
SS1Alcides Escobar
3B1Mike Moustakas
2Cheslor Cuthbert
LF1Alex Gordon
2Ben Zobrist
CF1Lorenzo Cain
2Jarrod Dyson
RF1Alex Rios
2Paulo Orlando
DH1Kendrys Morales
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Johnny Cueto
2Edinson Volquez
3Danny Duffy
4Yordano Ventura
5Jeremy Guthrie
6Chris Young
7Jason Vargas
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Greg Holland
2Wade Davis
3Kelvin Herrera
4Ryan Madson
5Luke Hochevar
6Franklin Morales
7Kris Medlen
8Brian Flynn
9Tim Collins