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Kris Medlen | Starting Pitcher

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (29) / 10/7/1985
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 190
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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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

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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

Braves non-tendered RHP Kris Medlen.

Medlen is recovering from a second Tommy John surgery and the Braves didn't want to commit what would likely be nearly $6 million in arbitration. The two sides have discussed a two-year deal or a one-year deal with an option, so it's possible they could still work something out. However, Medlen is now a free agent and free to negotiate with anyone. He should be ready to pitch at some point during the first half next season. Brandon Beachy, who is recovering from a second Tommy John surgery of his own, was also non-tendered.
Tue, Dec 2, 2014 06:23:00 PM

Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that the Braves have discussed a two-year deal with Kris Medlen.

A non-tender candidate, Medlen is making his way back from a second Tommy John surgery. He's projected to make around $5.8 million through the arbitration process, so a two-year deal (or a one-year deal with an option) could be a nice compromise.
Tue, Dec 2, 2014 08:56:00 AM

Dave O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the Braves "are leaning toward bringing back" Kris Medlen (elbow) rather than non-tendering him.

Medlen is making his way back from a second Tommy John surgery and is projected to earn $5.8 million in arbitration, according to MLBTradeRumors.com. However, as good as he was for the Braves from 2012-13, they simply can't let him walk away for nothing. O'Brien says Medlen could return "perhaps on a reduced contract with incentives." The righty should be ready to rejoin the rotation early on in the 2015 season.
Sun, Nov 9, 2014 09:19:00 AM

Braves activated RHP Kris Medlen from the 60-day disabled list.

Medlen is in the process of recovering from his second Tommy John surgery. He's expected to be ready to rejoin the Braves rotation at some point early in 2015, though he'll likely be on a strict innings limit.
Fri, Oct 31, 2014 11:08:00 PM

Kris Medlen (elbow) threw Tuesday for the first time since Tommy John surgery.

Medlen is a little under six months removed from Tommy John surgery, so he's recovering according to schedule. The hope is that he'll be ready to join the Braves' rotation in the early part of 2015.
Tue, Sep 2, 2014 10:52:00 AM

Braves transferred RHP Kris Medlen from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list with a right elbow injury.

Medlen, of course, underwent Tommy John surgery earlier this month. He'll obviously miss the 2014 season but should make it back early on in 2015.
Fri, Mar 28, 2014 08:41:00 AM

Kris Medlen is scheduled to undergo Tommy John surgery Tuesday on his right elbow.

It was an inevitable outcome for the 28-year-old right-hander, who had his first Tommy John procedure in August 2010 and is now facing another 12-month recovery period. Medlen will not pitch at all in 2014 and might have to miss the early part of the 2015 campaign as well. The Braves have been hit with multiple haymakers this spring.
Mon, Mar 17, 2014 06:18:00 PM

Kris Medlen (elbow) will visit Dr. James Andrews on Monday.

Medlen is pretty much resigned to the fact that he'll need Tommy John surgery, but he won't make a final decision until after he meets with Dr. Andrews. It would be the right-hander's second Tommy John procedure.
Fri, Mar 14, 2014 11:16:00 AM

Kris Medlen will undergo at least one more evaluation before undergoing Tommy John surgery.

The Braves' medical staff is out of town at a convention, which has delayed the process. Medlen told the media that he knew he needed Tommy John surgery as soon as his final pitch Sunday left his hand. His Tuesday stress X-ray essentially indicated the same thing.
Wed, Mar 12, 2014 11:11:00 AM

Kris Medlen told the media Wednesday morning that he's spent the past couple days preparing himself to undergo a second Tommy John surgery.

The Braves have done the same, importing veteran starter Ervin Santana on Wednesday. "Nothing official yet but he has accepted that he's almost certainly going to need TJ surgery," reports Dave O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. It's unfortunate news, but few are equipped to deal with it like Medlen, lauded for his makeup. He missed nearly all of the 2011 season while coming back from his first Tommy John surgery and returned to log a 2.47 ERA over 335 frames in 2012-2013.
Wed, Mar 12, 2014 10:45:00 AM

Kris Medlen is undergoing a second opinion on his right arm Tuesday morning.

Medlen's MRI on Monday disclosed ligament damage. To what extent, we aren't yet sure. Dr. James Andrews was preparing to give Medlen a second opinion, but he's been jumped in line. Braves general manager Frank Wren said Medlen will be evaluated by the vaunted practitioner later this week. "For us to put a complete diagnosis on it now would be premature," Wren said. Medlen missed nearly all of the 2011 season while coming back from Tommy John surgery and returned to log a dynamite 2.47 ERA over 335 innings the past two campaigns.
Source: MLB.com
Tue, Mar 11, 2014 11:37:00 AM

An MRI on Kris Medlen's right arm revealed "some involvement of the ligament."

"Involvement" is a generous reading of "damage." Dr. James Andrews is expected to examine the limb in question and proffer a second opinion. Andrews, Atlanta fans probably grimace to recall, performed Medlen's previous Tommy John surgery. Arm MRI's are notoriously difficult to read after the procedure, so the famous doctor's involvement makes sense. Medlen left his Grapefruit League appearance Sunday against the Mets after experiencing pain after a fourth-inning pitch. It's too soon to speculate on Medlen's 2014 status, but none of this is good news.
Tue, Mar 11, 2014 11:05:00 AM

Kris Medlen underwent a scheduled MRI on his right arm Monday afternoon.

The Braves' medical staff will review the results and should narrow down a diagnosis by Tuesday morning. Medlen left his Grapefruit League appearance Sunday against the Mets after suffering some sort of arm injury on a fourth-inning pitch. It's being called a right forearm strain for now. Medlen, 28, owns a spectacular 2.47 ERA in 335 innings since the start of the 2012 season.
Mon, Mar 10, 2014 04:47:00 PM

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