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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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Kris Medlen was hit hard in Friday's loss to the White Sox, giving up seven runs on 11 hits over his 5 2/3 innings.
The right-hander punched out three on the night and walked one. The White Sox scratched out three runs against him in the first inning, then broke the game open with Tyler Flowers' three-run bomb in the fourth. He has struggled through three starts in the Royals rotation, but still probably represents a better option than Jeremy Guthrie. He'll look to get back on track on Wednesday against the Twins. Sep 4 - 11:18 PM

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Making his second start of the season in Saturday's contest with the Rays, Kris Medlen allowed three runs on four hits over 5 1/3 innings.

All three runs on Medlen's line scored in the fourth, when he was burned by an Asdrubal Cabrera RBI single and a two-run Kevin Kiermaier homer. The 29-year-old right-hander has allowed six runs over 11 1/3 innings in his first two starts this season. He's taking the place of Jeremy Guthrie in the Royal rotation and will face the White Sox at home in his next outing as he continues to work back into shape after a long, Tommy John-forced lay-off.
Aug 29 - 9:34 PM

Kris Medlen, making his first start of the season, got the win on Monday against the Orioles after giving up three runs in six innings.

Medlen was the pitcher of record when the Royals scored seven runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to take an 8-3 lead. The right-hander had allowed a two-run home run to Adam Jones in the first inning and an RBI double to Steve Clevenger in the fourth, two of the five hits he'd surrender while striking out six and walking none. Medlen took the rotation spot of Jeremy Guthrie, so he'll draw another start this weekend against the Rays in Tampa.
Aug 24 - 11:06 PM

Kris Medlen will start on Monday against the Orioles.

He's taking the rotation spot of Jeremy Guthrie, who is finally headed to the bullpen after posting a 5.65 ERA over 23 starts. Medlen has looked good after working his way back from a second Tommy John surgery, posting a 2.51 ERA and 14/5 K/BB ratio over 14 1/3 innings. He's gone at least three innings in two of his last three appearances, so Medlen should be able to get through 5-6 frames Monday provided he's pitching well. He's worth adding in mixed leagues.
Aug 21 - 4:03 PM

Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports that "it appears more likely" Kris Medlen, not Chris Young, would replace Jeremy Guthrie in the rotation if the Royals make a change.

Manager Ned Yost wouldn't commit to Guthrie making his next scheduled start on Monday after he was knocked around again in his last outing. Young holds a 3.49 ERA in 16 starts this season, but Medlen boasts a 2.51 ERA with a strikeout per inning in seven relief appearances. He would be worth using in mixed leagues should the Royals move him into the rotation.
Aug 21 - 10:51 AM

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

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

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