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Kris Medlen | Starting Pitcher | #39

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (30) / 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 (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. Jun 25 - 2:54 PM

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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.
Jun 6 - 5:32 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.
May 18 - 11:58 AM

Kris Medlen's MRI revealed a Grade 1 rotator cuff strain.

Medlen won't throw for a while, though he claims his shoulder inflammation has gone down. There's still no timetable for his return. Danny Duffy has absorbed Medlen's spot in the starting rotation.
May 14 - 5:11 PM

Royals placed RHP Kris Medlen on the 15-day disabled list with a right rotator cuff inflammation.

Medlen came down with shoulder discomfort after getting shelled for four runs over just two innings of work Tuesday in a loss to the Yankees. He'll head for an MRI on Friday. The right-hander owns a brutal 7.77 ERA and 2.05 WHIP in 24 1/3 total innings this season. It's not clear how long this absence will be. Kansas City also lost Chris Young (forearm) to the disabled list on Thursday afternoon, so both Danny Duffy and Brian Flynn could get rotation looks.
May 12 - 2:41 PM

Kris Medlen might not be able to make his next scheduled start due to a shoulder issue.

Medlen, sitting on a 7.77 ERA and 2.05 WHIP in 24 1/3 innings, is due to have his right shoulder examined by team doctors on Thursday. Kansas City could turn to Danny Duffy or Brian Flynn for Medlen's turn in Sunday's series finale against the Red Sox. But neither pitcher has thrown more than 70 innings this season and this probably isn't a place to turn for immediate fantasy streaming possibilities.
May 12 - 6:43 AM

Kris Medlen was pummeled for four runs over just two innings of work in Tuesday's loss to the Yankees.

He allowed six hits and walked three without recording a strikeout. It's the second straight outing where Medlen has lasted just two frames, and he now has a hideous 7.77 ERA, 2.05 WHIP and 18/20 K/BB ratio over 24 1/3 innings on the season. The Royals would seem to have to boot Medlen from their rotation at this point, but the problem is Chris Young is also struggling and might be hurt. If Medlen gets another shot, it will come this weekend versus the Braves.
May 10 - 10:32 PM

Kris Medlen was crushed for nine runs -- six earned -- over two-plus innings Wednesday in a loss to the Nationals.

Washington pounced for six runs in the top of the first inning and four more in the third, eventually winning 13-2 in the matinee at Kauffman Stadium. The ugly, ugly loss pushes Medlen's record to 1-3 and his ERA to 6.85. He simply needs to be better next week at Yankee Stadium.
May 4 - 5:28 PM

Kris Medlen lost despite holding the Mariners to one run and one hit in 5 1/3 innings on Friday.

The one hit was a Seth Smith homer, dooming Medlen to a loss in a 1-0 game. The right-hander also walked five batters, which shortened his night but didn't lead to any additional runs. He's still on shaky ground in the Royals' rotation, but tonight's performance should help his cause a bit. He's 1-2 with a 4.87 ERA.
Apr 30 - 1:09 AM

Kris Medlen allowed seven runs on nine hits over 3 2/3 innings in a loss to the Orioles on Saturday.

Medlen actually got through a fairly harmless first inning without incident, making the subsequent innings all the more surprising. He allowed runs in each of the next three, with two of the seven scoring after he'd been removed in the fourth. Medlen walked three while striking out two in the abbreviated start. It was his first clunker in three starts, raising his ERA to 6.00, and he'll look to get back on the horse Friday at the Mariners.
Apr 23 - 11:35 PM

Kris Medlen pitched well in a no-decision against the Athletics on Sunday, surrendering two runs (one earned) on two hits over 6 1/3 innings.

Medlen struck out four and walked for in the contest, reaching 86 pitches. He departed after allowing a one-out double to Chris Coghlan in the seventh inning which came around to score off reliever Kelvin Hererra. He's still getting stretched out after spending most of the 2015 season in the bullpen, but Medlen certainly looks as though he'll be a usable option in mixed leagues this year. His next challenge will be taking on the Orioles at home on Saturday.
Apr 17 - 6:47 PM

Kris Medlen pitched unevenly in Tuesday's win over the Astros, but ultimately held them to two runs on six hits over five innings.

Medlen struggled with his control and walked four on the evening. He also struck out seven. Both runs that scored on his watch came in the first inning, when Colby Rasmus cracked an RBI double and Tyler White subsequently singled to bring him to the plate. While the Royals are stacked with fantasy talent, the 30-year-old Medlen probably shouldn't be considered an option outside of AL-only formats. He'll next take to the road for a scheduled start against the A's.
Apr 13 - 12:08 AM

Kris Medlen didn't have his best stuff Monday, allowing four runs -- two earned -- over 4 1/3 frames against the Mariners.

The diminutive right-handed gave up eight hits and walked three in an ugly afternoon. Both Nelson Cruz and Robinson Cano took Medlen deep. Medlen holds an unsightly 5.94 ERA during Cactus League play, although he has recorded 21 strikeouts across 21 frames.
Mar 28 - 7:51 PM

Royals manager Ned Yost announced Saturday that Kris Medlen has secured the fifth and final spot in the club's Opening Day rotation.

The Royals will roll out Edinson Volquez, Ian Kennedy, Yordano Ventura, Chris Young and Medlen, though Medlen may be skipped the first time through as a fifth starter won't be needed due to scheduled off days. Danny Duffy is the odd-man out and should work in a long relief role out of the bullpen until he's needed.
Mar 26 - 12:00 PM

Kris Medlen surrendered a whopping four home runs in Wednesday's loss to the Indians.

Oh dear. Francisco Lindor was first up to burn Medlen, whacking a solo shot off the 30-year-old right-hander. Jason Kipnis promptly homered once Lindor had finished rounding the bases. The other two dingers both came off the bat of Tyler Naquin. Medlen will likely earn a spot in the Royals rotation for the coming season despite what's been a rough spring (6.57 ERA in four starts).
Mar 23 - 7:27 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Salvador Perez
2Drew Butera
1B1Eric Hosmer
2B1Whit Merrifield
2Christian Colon
SS1Alcides Escobar
3B1Mike Moustakas
2Cheslor Cuthbert
LF1Alex Gordon
2Brett Eibner
CF1Lorenzo Cain
RF1Jarrod Dyson
2Paulo Orlando
DH1Kendrys Morales
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Yordano Ventura
2Edinson Volquez
3Ian Kennedy
4Kris Medlen
5Danny Duffy
6Chris Young
7Mike Minor
8Jason Vargas
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Wade Davis
2Kelvin Herrera
3Joakim Soria
4Luke Hochevar
5Chien-Ming Wang
6Dillon Gee
7Peter Moylan
8Tim Collins