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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
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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. Jun 9 - 1:19 PM

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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."
Jun 7 - 7:55 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.
May 31 - 5:23 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.
May 21 - 10:12 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.
Apr 5 - 12:47 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.
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

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