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Kris Medlen | Starting Pitcher

Team: Atlanta Braves
Age / DOB:  (28) / 10/7/1985
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 190
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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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. Sep 2 - 10:52 AM

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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.
Mar 28 - 8:41 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.
Mar 17 - 6:18 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.
Mar 14 - 11:16 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.
Mar 12 - 11:11 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.
Mar 12 - 10:45 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
Mar 11 - 11:37 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.
Mar 11 - 11:05 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.
Mar 10 - 4:47 PM

Kris Medlen was diagnosed with a mild forearm strain after being removed early from Sunday's Grapefruit League outing against the Mets.

Medlen was in noticeable discomfort after throwing his second-to-last pitch, then was seen looking at his elbow while walking off after his final delivery. He will be re-evaluated by team doctors on Monday, and a serious injury can't yet be ruled out. It appears likely that he'll begin the season on the disabled list.
Mar 9 - 3:26 PM

Kris Medlen was removed from his Grapefruit League start on Sunday with a possible elbow injury.

Medlen was spotted rubbing his elbow after his second-to-last pitch and then ran off the mound and into the clubhouse after his final offering. It certainly didn't look good, but we'll have to wait for official word from the Braves. Medlen missed nearly all of the 2011 season while coming back from Tommy John surgery.
Mar 9 - 2:35 PM

Kris Medlen shut out the Nationals for three innings in his start on Tuesday.

Medlen allowed one hit, walked one and struck out three against a lineup that included five regulars. He's allowed one run in five innings on the spring.
Mar 4 - 5:20 PM

Braves avoided arbitration with RHP Kris Medlen by agreeing to a one-year, $5.8 million contract.

It was Medlen's first year of arbitration eligibility. The right-hander put together a 3.11 ERA across 197 innings for the Braves last season and will again be counted on to help lead their rotation in 2014.
Jan 17 - 2:15 PM

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez confirmed Sunday that Kris Medlen would draw the start in Game 5 of the NLDS if necessary.

Medlen was knocked around a bit in Game 1, but was the Braves most dominant starter heading into the postseason, and still owns the confidence of his manager. His opposition in that pivotal game could be either Clayton Kershaw or Zack Greinke depending on how the rest of the series develops.
Sun, Oct 6, 2013 05:23:00 PM

Kris Medlen was charged with five runs on nine hits and a walk over four frames in Thursday's loss to the Dodgers.

Medlen didn't get any help from his defense in the Dodgers' two-run second inning, but that doesn't excuse the poor effort from the right-hander. Of course, against Clayton Kershaw, it might not have mattered if Medlen was really on his game. The Braves' right-hander is lined up to face Kershaw again in Game 5 should the series advance that far.
Fri, Oct 4, 2013 12:19:00 AM

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PosRoleName
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2Gerald Laird
3Christian Bethancourt
1B1Freddie Freeman
2Joey Terdoslavich
2B1Tommy La Stella
2Phil Gosselin
SS1Andrelton Simmons
3B1Chris Johnson
2Ramiro Pena
LF1Justin Upton
2Ryan Doumit
CF1B.J. Upton
2Emilio Bonifacio
3Jose Constanza
RF1Jason Heyward
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PosRoleName
S1Julio Teheran
2Mike Minor
3Ervin Santana
4Aaron Harang
5Alex Wood
6Brandon Beachy
7Kris Medlen
8Gavin Floyd
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Craig Kimbrel
2David Carpenter
3Jordan Walden
4Shae Simmons
5Anthony Varvaro
6James Russell
7David Hale
8Luis Avilan
9Juan Jaime
10Chasen Shreve
11Gus Schlosser
12Cory Gearrin
13Jonny Venters