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Kris Medlen | Starting Pitcher | #39

Team: Atlanta Braves
Age / DOB:  (31) / 10/7/1985
Ht / Wt:  5'10" / 190
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
College: Santa Ana (CA) JC
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 10 (0) / ATL
Contract: view contract details

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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. Apr 5 - 12:47 PM

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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.
Jan 31 - 12:52 PM

Kris Medlen considered retirement before signing a minor league contract with the Braves.

Medlen is just 31, but he struggled after returning from a second Tommy John surgery and missed much of 2016 with shoulder issues, which had him contemplating calling it a career. The righty has been working with a biomechanics expert to refine his delivery this offseason and will spend spring training rebuilding arm strength in addition to working on his mechanics. He's a long shot to contribute to the big league club in 2017 but is worth a shot in hopes that he can stay healthy.
Jan 29 - 8:43 AM

Braves signed RHP Kris Medlen to a minor league contract.

Surprisingly, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution says Medlen did not receive an invitation to spring training. The right-hander's most successful run in the majors came with the Braves, of course, as he put up a 2.47 ERA over 335 innings from 2012-13. However, Medlen hasn't been his old self following a second Tommy John surgery, holding a 5.12 ERA for the Royals the last two years while also battling shoulder problems. He's not a good bet to ever stay healthy and effective for a long stretch again, but on a minor league contract he's certainly worth a shot.
Jan 27 - 3:50 PM

Royals declined RHP Kris Medlen's $10 million mutual option for 2017.

He'll receive a $1 million buyout instead. The Royals didn't get a whole lot out of their $8.5 million investment in Medlen, as he posted a 5.12 ERA over 21 appearances -- 14 starts -- across two seasons. The 31-year-old's 2016 campaign ended early due to shoulder issues and he might have to settle for a non-guaranteed contract this winter.
Fri, Nov 4, 2016 03:04:00 PM

Kris Medlen (shoulder) worked two scoreless innings in the Arizona League on Tuesday.

He is expected to advance to a rehab start at Triple-A Omaha this Saturday. Medlen has been on the disabled list since mid-May because of a right rotator cuff injury and probably won't become an option for the Royals until sometime in early September.
Wed, Aug 17, 2016 01:54:00 PM

Kris Medlen (shoulder) is set to begin a rehab assignment Tuesday in the Arizona League.

If that outing goes well, he will advance to Triple-A Omaha on Saturday. Medlen has been on the disabled list since mid-May because of a rotator cuff injury. He's already suffered multiple setbacks.
Tue, Aug 16, 2016 03:57:00 PM

Kris Medlen (shoulder) has been throwing live batting practice at the Royals' spring training complex.

It's unclear when he'll be cleared for a rehab assignment, as the Royals are taking things slowly with the righty after his setback last month. Medlen is unlikely to make it back before September.
Sun, Aug 14, 2016 11:12:00 AM

Kris Medlen (shoulder) threw a bullpen session Friday.

There's no timetable for Medlen's return, but he appears to have finally made some progress. He was pulled off his rehab assignment a month ago due to a sore shoulder.
Fri, Aug 5, 2016 05:55:00 PM

Royals transferred RHP Kris Medlen to the 60-day disabled list.

That opens up a spot for Nick Tepesch on the 40-man roster. Medlen has already been on the disabled list longer than 60 days so this won't affect his return date. The right-hander started a rehab assignment last month but was shut down after suffering a sprained shoulder.
Mon, Jul 18, 2016 02:57:00 PM

Kris Medlen (shoulder) will be shut down for a couple weeks after being diagnosed with a Grade 1 shoulder sprain.

Medlen was pulled off his minor league rehab assignment earlier this week and now we have a better idea why. This setback will significantly push back his timetable. The right-hander was first sidelined in mid-May with rotator cuff inflammation. With Medlen still hurt, the Royals might need to address starting pitching at the trade deadline.
Thu, Jul 7, 2016 06:41:00 PM

Kris Medlen has been pulled off his minor league rehab assignment due to renewed shoulder trouble.

This one is being called a shoulder strain for now, though Medlen is headed back to Kansas City on Wednesday for a full reevaluation. The right-hander had registered a 5.50 ERA in five minor league rehab starts. He hasn't pitched in a game for the Royals since May 10.
Wed, Jul 6, 2016 12:43:00 PM

Kris Medlen (shoulder) will continue his minor league rehab assignment Saturday with Triple-A Omaha.

Medlen, who is coming back from a Grade 1 strain of his rotator cuff, posted a 7.20 ERA and 8/2 K/BB ratio in five innings over two starts with Double-A Northwest Arkansas. He appears on track to return in early July.
Sat, Jun 25, 2016 02:54:00 PM

Kris Medlen (shoulder) threw a live batting practice session Monday in Arizona.

Medlen will throw another BP session before being reevaluated. The right-hander has been out since May 10 with a Grade 1 strain of his rotator cuff.
Mon, Jun 6, 2016 05:32:00 PM

Kris Medlen (shoulder) plans to begin throwing Friday.

An MRI taken last week showed a Grade 1 rotator cuff strain in Medlen's right shoulder, but the inflammation is gone and he's going to try to see if he can pitch through the injury. There's no timetable for his return.
Wed, May 18, 2016 11:58:00 AM

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