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Kris Medlen | Starting Pitcher | #47

Team: Arizona Diamondbacks
Age / DOB:  (32) / 10/7/1985
Ht / Wt:  5'10" / 190
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
College: Santa Ana (CA) JC
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 10 (0) / ATL
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Diamondbacks optioned RHP Kris Medlen to Triple-A Reno.
Medlen was torched for seven runs over four innings in his season debut Friday, and the Diamondbacks apparently saw enough. Braden Shipley was recalled to take his roster spot. May 5 - 5:24 PM

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Kris Medlen was pounded for seven runs in four innings by the Astros in his Diamondbacks debut Friday.

Unfortunately, Medlen's stuff hasn't come all of the way back after his elbow and shoulder problems, and he's going to have a difficult time retiring major league hitters. Whether he'll get another start is unclear.
May 5 - 12:49 AM

Diamondbacks purchased the contract of RHP Kris Medlen from Triple-A Reno.

Medlen will start Friday versus the Astros in what will be his first start in the majors since May of 2016. He held a 6.00 ERA at Reno and can be avoided for fantasy purposes in a tough matchup.
May 4 - 5:58 PM

Kris Medlen is scheduled to start for the Diamondbacks on Friday against the Astros.

He'll be taking the place of Robbie Ray, who landed on the disabled list Monday with a strained oblique. Medlen hasn't pitched in the majors since 2016 (due to a second Tommy John surgery) and he has a 6.00 ERA in 18 innings this season at Triple-A Reno. The 32-year-old right-hander is a poor fantasy streaming option, especially versus Houston.
May 3 - 1:15 PM

MLB.com's Steve Gilbert reports that Kris Medlen has been scratched from his scheduled start Monday with Triple-A Reno.

It would appear that Medlen is the Diamondbacks' pick to take Robbie Ray's (oblique) spot in the rotation. The 32-year-old has struggled the last few years following a second Tommy John surgery and has posted a 6.00 ERA and 18/8 K/BB ratio over 18 innings across four starts for Reno. He's not someone fantasy owners want to rely on.
Apr 30 - 7:58 PM

Diamondbacks reassigned RHPs Kris Medlen and Michael Blazek, OF Rey Fuentes, and INF Kristopher Negron to minor league camp.

Medlen is the most familiar name in the bunch. The 32-year-old spent last season in the Braves minor league system, including a 5.42 ERA over 16 starts in Triple-A. He's a depth piece at this point in his career.
Mar 27 - 9:19 AM

Kris Medlen yielded one run (none earned) on no hits over 3 1/3 innings in Saturday's split-squad Cactus League win over the Angels.

Medlen pulled off the mean feat of surrendering a run without surrendering a hit in the contest. That run scraped across in the first inning following a hit-by-pitch of Chris Young, a fielding error which then allowed Young to move to third and -- after a strikeout -- a sacrifice fly. On the whole, veteran right-hander Medlen probably hasn't done enough this spring to earn himself a spot on the Opening Day roster, but he could potentially see work as a long reliever as the weather warms if he's able to keep things in check down with Triple-A Reno.
Mar 24 - 8:03 PM

Kris Medlen tossed two scoreless innings Monday in a Cactus League start against the Rockies.

Medlen is in Diamondbacks camp this spring as a non-roster invitee and probably won't have a place on the Opening Day roster. He could eventually get a look in long relief if he posts encouraging numbers at Triple-A Reno.
Mar 12 - 5:40 PM

Diamondbacks signed RHP Kris Medlen to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, Medlen will earn $1.1 million if he's in the majors and he has the ability to opt out of the contract if he isn't added to the 40-man roster by March 27. The 32-year-old spent last season in the Braves minor league system, including a 5.42 ERA over 16 starts in Triple-A. Medlen comes with obvious health questions, but he makes for an interesting flier.
Jan 23 - 10:52 AM

Kris Medlen has been promoted to Triple-A Gwinnett.

He'll make his first start for Gwinnett on Friday. Although he's struck out only 14 across 21 2/3 innings Medlen has put up a 2.91 ERA over four starts between High- and Double-A. He's a long shot to stay healthy after a pair of Tommy John surgeries and shoulder issues the last few years, but he could find his way into the Braves' rotation before long if he can manage to stay off the disabled list.
Fri, Jun 9, 2017 01:19:00 PM

Braves manager Brian Snitker said Tuesday that Kris Medlen (shoulder) is probably "three weeks" away from becoming a rotation option.

Medlen has posted a 1.74 ERA in 10 1/3 innings -- two starts -- since advancing his minor league rehab assignment from High-A Florida to Double-A Mississippi and Bartolo Colon's oblique strain recently opened a rotation spot at the MLB level. But the Braves don't want to rush the fragile 31-year-old Medlen. "He would have been a good option, but he’s just not there yet," Snitker said. "I don’t think it would be fair to him until his workload gets a little more substantial. ... Three weeks from now, probably be a different story."
Wed, Jun 7, 2017 07:55:00 AM

Kris Medlen (shoulder) surrendered three runs (one earned) on six hits over 4 1/3 innings in Tuesday's rehab start with Double-A Mississippi.

Medlen threw 80 pitches (52 strikes) in the outing. One encouraging sign for the right-hander -- he reported no physical discomfort after warming up prior to the game and then being forced to sit through a rain delay of over an hour before he threw his first pitch. Said Medlen, "I’m encouraged with how my body felt after a rain delay, and was able to go out there and feel good." He has now made three rehab starts. The Braves initially inked the veteran to a minor league contract near the end of January. Two Tommy John surgeries and shoulder issues have limited Medlen to just 21 appearances since the 2013 season.
Wed, May 31, 2017 05:23:00 PM

Kris Medlen allowed one hit over six scoreless innings in his first start for High-A Florida on Saturday.

Medlen walked three and struck out three, throwing 80 pitches in the outing. The righty struggled after returning from a second Tommy John surgery and missed much of 2016 with shoulder issues, so he's obviously a poor bet from a health perspective. However, he could be nice rotation depth for the Braves if he can manage to stay healthy.
Sun, May 21, 2017 10:12:00 AM

Kris Medlen (shoulder) is building up his arm strength in Orlando.

Medlen has thrown five bullpen sessions while continuing his rehab at the Braves' spring training facility. The right-hander returned from Tommy John surgery last year but struggled while battling shoulder issues. He signed a minor league deal with Atlanta this offseason after spending his previous two years with Kansas City.
Wed, Apr 5, 2017 12:47:00 PM

Kris Medlen will make a $1 million salary if he's in the majors with the Braves.

Medlen reunited with the Braves on a minor league deal late last week. According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the deal carries $2 million in possible incentives based on both games started and relief appearances. Medlen struggled in his first season back from Tommy John surgery last year, putting up a 7.77 ERA over six starts. The 31-year-old will hope for improvement in his return to Atlanta.
Tue, Jan 31, 2017 12:52:00 PM

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