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54 Kris Medlen SP
Height/Weight: 5-10/190 | Birthdate: 10/7/1985 | Birthplace: Artesia, CA | Bats/Throws: S/R | Team: Kansas City | College: Santa Ana (CA) JC | MLB Experience: 5 | Salary: $2,600,000 | Owned/Started%: 8/0 | Average Draft Position: 139.00
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Royals not counting on Kris Medlen until the second half


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/18/2014) The Royals do not expect pitcher Kris Medlen to return until the second half of the season.

General manager Dayton Moore told reporters he expects Medlen to be a factor down the stretch. Medlen is coming off Tommy John surgery, and the team will give him time to recover. Medlen had the surgery last March. Typically, it takes about a year for pitchers to recover, but the Royals aren't banking on Medlen being healthy right away.

Prior to having the surgery, Medlen posted a 3.11 ERA over 197 innings in 2013. 


Kris Medlen lands two-year deal with Royals


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/18/2014) The Royals announced Thursday they signed pitcher Kris Medlen to a two-year contract, which includes a mutual option for 2017.

Medlen missed all of the 2014 season with the Braves due to Tommy John surgery. He became a free agent after he was non-tendered in early December. 

Medlen is 30-13 with a 2.96 ERA in 61 career starts and 4-7 with a 2.92 ERA in 91 relief appearances. Since the start of 2010, Medlen's .674 winning percentage (31-15) ranks third in MLB among pitchers with 40-plus decisions.


Braves non-tender three including Kris Medlen, Brandon Beachy


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/2/2014) The Braves have non-tendered Kris Medlen, Brandon Beachy and Gus Schlosser, as all three pitchers have officially become free agents, according to MLB.com on Tuesday. Medlen was a 15-game winner in 2013 for Atlanta before missing last season due to elbow surgery. Beachy is also coming off Tommy John surgery.

According to the report, the team will continue to work on signing both Medlen and Beachy at a cheaper price.


Report: Braves have discussed two-year deal for Kris Medlen


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/2/2014) The Braves have discussed a two-year deal for pitcher Kris Medlen because of the uncertainty surrounding his 2015 season as he returns from Tommy John surgery, according to MLB.com. Medlen underwent the surgery in March.

There is also a chance the Braves could offer Medlen a one-year deal with a team option. Medlen was a 15-game winner in 2013 for Atlanta before missing last season due to elbow surgery.


Hart: Braves will focus on signing 'B-tier and down' free agent SPs


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/11/2014) With the Braves not planning to pursue any top-tier starting pitchers in free agency, president of baseball operations John Hart said the team will focus on "B-tier and down" free agent starters, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. However, the team could aim a little higher in trades.

"Money could be freed up; there’s a lot of different dynamics there," Hart said. "But from where we sit today, that would be the sort of level that we would be looking at."

The Braves have lost more than 400 innings with the departure of Ervin Santana and Aaron Harang. Although, Hart said the team might be interested in re-signing the 36-year-old Harang.

The team is also pondering offering contracts to Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy, who are coming off Tommy John surgery in March. It is believed the Braves are leaning toward re-signing Medlen, but with a smaller salary that includes incentives and a second-year option.


Braves activate four from disabled list


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/1/2014) The Braves have activated four players from the 60-day disabled list Friday.

Jonny Venters, Kris Medlen, Brandon Beachy and Cory Gearrin were all taken off the disabled list. All four players had Tommy John surgery during the year. Medlen, Beachy and Gearrin underwent the surgery in March or April. Venters had his third Tommy John in August. 


Kris Medlen begins light throwing for first time


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2014) Braves pitcher Kris Medlen is nearly six weeks removed from his second Tommy John surgery, and his recovery has gone as expected so far.

Medlen begin light throwing for the first time Tuesday since the surgery, and he told the Atlanta Journal Constitution he felt great while doing so. Medlen underwent the surgery in late March, and will likely not return to game action until April or May of next season. 


Kris Medlen transferred to 60-day disabled list


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2014) The Braves have transferred pitcher Kris Medlen to the 60-day disabled list.

Medlen was initially placed on the 15-day DL, but he's not expected back anytime soon due to Tommy John surgery. Medlen is expected to miss the entire 2014 season.


Braves place five pitchers on 15-day DL


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2014) The Braves announced Sunday they placed five pitchers on the 15-day disabled list. All moves were retroactive to March 21.

Two of the pitchers going on the disabled list were Brandon Beachy and Kris Medlen, who are both out for the season following Tommy John surgery. The three other pitchers going on the DL are Mike Minor (left shoulder tendinitis), Gavin Floyd (right elbow) and Jonny Venters (left elbow).

Manager Fredi Gonzalez said Minor and Floyd could join the rotation by late April, if they suffer no setbacks. Floyd is scheduled to pitch two innings in a minor-league game Friday, and Minor will do the same Saturday.


Kris Medlen undergoes Tommy John surgery


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/19/2014) The Braves announced Wednesday starting pitcher Kris Medlen underwent Tommy John surgery Tuesday to reconstruct the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. Medlen will miss the 2014 season.

Kris Medlen scheduled for Tommy John surgery Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/17/2014) Braves pitcher Kris Medlen is scheduled to undergo Tommy John surgery Tuesday after Monday's meeting with Dr. James Andrews, MLB.com reports.

This will be Medlen's second Tommy John surgery. He pitched a career-high 197 innings in 2013 while posting a 15-12 record, 3.11 ERA and 157:47 K:BB ratio. He'll miss the entire 2014 season while recovering.


Brandon Beachy and Kris Medlen to see Dr. James Andrews


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/14/2014) Braves pitchers Brandon Beachy and Kris Medlen will see Dr. James Andrews Monday, according to MLB.com.

Medlen is expected to need a second Tommy John surgery after initial tests showed damage to his elbow. Beachy's visit to Dr. Andrews is more concerning. Beachy has been dealing with some arm tightness, and forearm issues, and the team is worried about his status. Beachy missed most of 2013 while recovering from Tommy John surgery.


'High likelihood' Kris Medlen needs Tommy John surgery


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/12/2014) Braves starting pitcher Kris Medlen didn't have a promising update for the media Wednesday. Medlen told reporters he spent the last few days coming to grips with the reality he will likely need season-ending Tommy John surgery.

Braves general manager Frank Wren also stated there is a "high likelihood" Medlen will need to undergo Tommy John surgery for the second time in his career, per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Medlen is expected to visit with Dr. James Andrews in the next few days before making a decision about surgery. Medlen said he felt the injury on a curveball he threw to Curtis Granderson during Sunday's game against the Mets, but stayed in the game and threw two more pitches to Matt Clark before exiting the field.


Kris Medlen's MRI shows 'some involvement of the ligament'


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/11/2014) Braves pitcher Kris Medlen's MRI showed "some involvement of the ligament," according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Medlen will seek a second opinion and further evaluation. General manager Frank Wren confirmed there was damage around Medlen's elbow ligament. He said the team doesn't know the severity of the injury, which is why Medlen will go for more tests. Medlen left Sunday's game in the fourth inning due to elbow discomfort. Last season, he posted a 3.11 ERA in 197 innings. 


Kris Medlen update expected soon


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/11/2014) Braves pitcher Kris Medlen is expected to have an update soon, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Medlen left Sunday's game due to an elbow injury, and was evaluated Monday. The team has not revealed the results of Medlen's MRI. Medlen met with the team's medical officials Tuesday, and is expected to have an update on his status shortly. 


Kris Medlen to have MRI evaluated Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/10/2014) Doctors will evaluate the MRI on Braves pitcher Kris Medlen Tuesday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Medlen suffered a forearm injury Sunday and the Braves are preparing in case Medlen will have to miss significant time, though more will be known after Tuesday's evaluation. With Brandon Beachy also suffering an injury Monday and Mike Minor attempting to be ready for the beginning of the regular season after offseason surgery, the Braves rotation is looking pretty thin.


Kris Medlen awaits results after undergoing MRI


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/10/2014) Braves starting pitcher Kris Medlen (forearm) underwent an MRI exam Monday afternoon. However, it's not clear whether the Braves' doctors will evaluate the results Monday night or Tuesday morning, per MLB.com.

Kris Medlen dealing with forearm strain, to be evaluated Monday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/9/2014) Braves pitcher Kris Medlen has been diagnosed with a forearm strain, according to MLB.com.

Medlen will be evaluated Monday to determine the severity of the injury. Medlen left Sunday's game in the fourth inning due to the injury. Medlen posted a 3.11 ERA in 197 innings last year.


Kris Medlen leaves start with undisclosed injury


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/9/2014) Braves starting pitcher Kris Medlen had to cut his spring outing short Sunday against the Mets because of an apparent injury. Medlen left the game in the top of the fourth inning with two outs and a 1-1 count on Matt Clark.

It's not known what was bothering Medlen, but the Mets' bench spotted the right-hander looking at his arm as he walked off the field, per ESPN. 

Medlen was charged with one run on three hits in 3 2/3 innings. He struck out two. Medlen has a 2.08 ERA this spring.


Kris Medlen goes three scoreless innings


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/4/2014) Braves pitcher Kris Medlen was able to toss three scoreless innings in his second spring start.

Medlen gave up a double to Ian Desmond in the first inning, but settled down moving forward. He managed to strikeout three Nationals, including Anthony Rendon and Danny Espinosa. Medlen posted a 3.11 ERA in 197 innings last year.


Kris Medlen decent in brief spring debut


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(2/27/2014) Braves starting pitcher Kris Medlen made his spring debut Thursday against the Tigers, tossing two innings in a 5-2 loss.

Medlen faced nine batters and retired six, with one out coming via strikeout. He allowed one run in the first inning, while surrendering two hits and a walk in his two innings of work.

Medlen is coming off a solid first season as a starter, posting a 3.11 ERA in 197 innings over 31 starts. He is locked into a spot in the starting rotation for spring training. 


Braves, Kris Medlen avoid arbitration


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/17/2014) Braves pitcher Kris Medlen has avoided arbitration with the club.

Medlen is set to make $5.8 million next year. He's coming off a season in which he posted a 3.11 ERA in 197 innings.


Braves have yet to reach agreement with a number of players


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/17/2014) The Braves still have a number of players who have not settled on a contract for 2014.

The club is in the process of exchanging arbitration numbers with the players, and both sides likely want to avoid an arbitration hearing. Much of the team's core is still unsettled, with Craig Kimbrel, Freddie Freeman, Jason Heyward, Mike Minor and Kris Medlen among the players still in need of a contract. All those players are still under team control, so there's no risk Atlanta will lose them. But they need to agree on a figure for next season. Arbitration hearing are scheduled to take place beginning in February, so the team still has a few weeks to figure out the issue.


Braves tender lengthy list of arbitration candidates


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/2/2013) Faced with a bevy of arbitration-eligible players ahead of Monday's non-tender deadline, the Braves opted to bring back all but three of them. Only one was actually signed to a contract, as the team agreed to undisclosed terms on a one-year deal with infielder Ramiro Pena, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

The team also tendered contracts to nine other players, whose salaries for 2014 will be determined by the arbitration process, unless contracts can be agreed upon. Pitchers Craig KimbrelBrandon Beachy, Kris Medlen, Mike Minor and Jordan Walden; infielders Freddie Freeman and Chris Johnson and outfielders Jason Heyward and Jordan Schafer will all return to the team next season. 


Kris Medlen to start potential Game 5


by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
(10/6/2013) Braves starter Kris Medlen would get the ball in a potential Game 5 of the NLDS, the Braves Radio Network reports Sunday. 

Medlen took the loss in Game 1 as he allowed five runs over four innings despite four strikeouts against one walk. He finished the season with a 3.11 ERA and 1.22 WHIP over 197 innings.