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39 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: 6 | Salary: $2,600,000 | Owned/Started%: 9/1 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Royals activate Kris Medlen from DL, option Yohan Pino


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/20/2015) The Royals activated pitcher Kris Medlen from the 60-day disabled list, the team announced on Monday. 

Medlen hasn't pitched in the majors this year as he recovered from Tommy John surgery. He'll be in uniform for Monday's game. 

To make room on the roster, the team optioned pitcher Yohan Pino to Triple-A Omaha. 


Royals' Kris Medlen to pitch out of bullpen upon return


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7/17/2015) Royals manager Ned Yost said pitcher Kris Medlen likely won't be activated until Monday and he will pitch out of the bullpen when he is reinstated, reports The Kansas City Star.

Medlen has not pitched this season as he returns from Tommy John surgery. He tossed seven scoreless innings during a rehab start Wednesday at Double-A.


Royals still mulling role for pitcher Kris Medlen


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/16/2015) Royals general manager Dayton Moore said Thursday the team hasn't decided yet if pitcher Kris Medlen, who is nearing a return from Tommy John surgery, will start or pitch in relief upon his activation from the disabled list.

"It's a fluid situation, obviously," Moore said, per The Kansas City Star.

The right-hander was outstanding in his latest rehab start Wednesday, tossing seven scoreless innings for Double-A Northwest Arkansas. He is 1-1 with a 3.56 ERA through six rehab starts.


Royals SP Kris Medlen throws a three-hitter in latest rehab start


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/15/2015) Royals right-hander Kris Medlen was excellent in his latest rehab start on Wednesday. Making the start for Double-A Northwest Arkansas, Medlen tossed seven shutout innings, allowing three hits and two walks while striking out four. He threw 94 pitches with 61 going for strikes.

Medlen is trying to make a comeback from Tommy John surgery. There is still no clear timetable for Medlen's return to the big-league club. He hasn't thrown a big-league pitch since 2013. 


Royals SP Kris Medlen to make next rehab start at Double-A


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/15/2015) Royals starting pitcher Kris Medlen will make his next rehab start for Double-A Northwest Arkansas on Wednesday. Medlen made his first two rehab starts with the Naturals before his last three outings were for Triple-A Omaha.

Medlen has gone at least 5 2/3 innings and thrown at least 81 pitches in each of his last two rehab starts. He struck out seven over 5 2/3 innings in his last outing for Omaha.

The right-hander, who is working his way back from Tommy John surgery last year, is 1-1 with a 4.63 ERA through five rehab starts. He has 16 strikeouts to three walks in 23 1/3 innings.


Royals SP Kris Medlen goes six innings in fourth rehab start


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/6/2015) Royals starting pitcher Kris Medlen (elbow) took the hill Sunday for his fourth start on a rehab assignment. It was his second start with Triple-A Omaha.

Medlen allowed two runs on five hits and one walk in six innings. He struck out two during his first win in four starts. 

The six innings were the most the right-hander has thrown since beginning his rehab assignment June 19. He also threw 81 pitches (50 strikes), which was also the most he has thrown on his rehab assignment.

Medlen still dealt with some control issues Sunday as he hit a batter. It is the fourth batter he has hit in four starts.


Royals SP Kris Medlen lasts 3 2/3 innings in third rehab start


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/29/2015) Royals starting pitcher Kris Medlen (elbow) made his first start for Triple-A Omaha on Monday after beginning his rehab assignment with Double-A Northwest Arkansas. He made two starts at Double-A.

Medlen allowed two runs on three hits and no walks in 3 2/3 innings. He gave up two home runs and hit one batter. He also failed to record a strikeout, while throwing 45 of 72 pitches for strikes.

Medlen has not gone more than four innings in any of his first three rehab starts. He threw 60 pitches in his first rehab outing and 71 in his second start. 

He has allowed at least one home run in each outing and four total. He has also hit three batters and issued two walks, while striking out seven in 11 2/3 innings.


Royals' Kris Medlen to throw at Triple-A on Monday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/28/2015) Royals pitcher Kris Medlen is scheduled make his next rehab start at Triple-A on Monday, reports The Kansas City Star.

Medlen will be on a five inning or 75-pitch limit during the start. He has been pitching at Double-A. He has not pitched this season as he recovers from Tommy John surgery. 


Royals P Kris Medlen tosses four innings in rehab start Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/19/2015) Royals right-hander Kris Medlen made the start for Double-A Northwest Arkansas on Friday in what was his first rehab appearance since undergoing Tommy John surgery early in 2014. Medlen went four innings on Friday, allowing three runs (one earned) on four hits. He struck out five and did not walk a batter, though he did hit two batters.

Medlen threw exactly 60 pitches, with 39 going for strikes. The team has not announced an updated timetable for when Medlen might be able to rejoin the Royals. 


Royals pitcher Kris Medlen ready for rehab assignment


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/18/2015) Royals pitcher Kris Medlen will make his first start Friday since undergoing Tommy John surgery last March, when he begins a rehab assignment with Double-A Northwest Arkansas on Friday, per The Kansas City Star.

Medlen is on track to join the major-league roster by mid-July.


Yost: Royals P Kris Medlen should be back by break


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/6/2015) Ned Yost has declared that Royals shelved starting pitcher Kris Medlen should be ready to contribute by the All-Star break, per the Kansas City Star.

Medlen has been sidelined since the end of the 2013 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. But he is closing in on a rehab assignment after throwing a simulated game Thursday.


Royals SPs Danny Duffy, Kris Medlen to pitch in sim game Thursday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/2/2015) Royals starting pitchers Danny Duffy (shoulder, biceps) and Kris Medlen (elbow) will pitch in a simulated game Thursday, according to The Kansas City Star. Duffy threw a light bullpen session Tuesday.

Royals' Kris Medlen close to beginning rehab assignment


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/28/2015) Royals general manager Dayton Moore said on Thursday that pitcher Kris Medlen will begin a minor-league rehab assignment "sooner than later," the Kansas City Star reports.

Medlen hasn't played since 2013 while working his way back from Tommy John surgery. He's yet to work his way up to five innings in extended spring training and will likely have to do so before the team sends him on out on assignment.


Royals' Kris Medlen will throw to hitters on Monday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(4/30/2015) Royals pitcher Kris Medlen will be throwing to hitters on Monday for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2014, according to MLB.com. 

Medlen, 29, signed a two-year contract with the Royals in the offseason and is hoping to make his return to a Major League mound in the second half of the season after recovering from his second reconstructive surgery. 


Royals SP Kris Medlen has first bullpen session since elbow surgery


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/20/2015) Royals starting pitcher Kris Medlen threw his first bullpen session Wednesday since undergoing Tommy John surgery last year, per The Kansas City Star. He threw 17 pitches with pitching coach Dave Eiland monitoring his progress.

“I felt like I was extremely rusty,” Medlen said. “Because I was just having trouble repeating (my delivery) and all that stuff. That’s my pitching style, and I take pride in that, and I couldn’t do it. So that was a little frustrating. But armwise, it felt like it was coming out really good. I felt strong.”

Eiland indicated Medlen would receive four days off before his next throwing session. 


Royals sign Chris Young, place Kris Medlen on 60-day DL


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/7/2015) The Royals announced that they've signed RHP Chris Young to a major-league contract. 

Young signed a one-year, $675,000 contract with up to $5.325 million in incentive bonuses, according to the Kansas City Star's Andy McCullough.

Young won Comeback Player of the Year with the Mariners last season, going 12-9 with a 3.65 ERA. 

To make room for Young on the roster, the Royals placed Kris Medlen on the 60-day disabled list. Medlen is still returning from Tommy John surgery.  


Kris Medlen (elbow) fine with rehab plan Royals have mapped out


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/25/2015) Royals starting pitcher Kris Medlen is unsure of when he will throw his first bullpen session since having Tommy John surgery last year, and that's just fine with him.

"It's just that I really don't want to know," Medlen said, per MLB.com. "I want to focus on positive things and I don't want to put any pressure on myself knowing about those things.

"I could cheat and go look at the sheet because it's all mapped out through March. I just don't want to. I literally am taking this [rehab] one day at a time. I show up every day and find out what I have to do that day and that's it."

The Royals have already indicated Medlen likely won't be up in the majors until the second half of the season, and he might not pitch in a game competitively until mid-April.

"The funny thing is, I was ready to do a bullpen session right before I signed with the Royals," Medlen said. "They just thought it was best that we take it a lot slower, which is fine with me. I'm totally confident in their plan for me.

"But right now, my whole arm feels really good. It feels like I have some snap on the ball. I even had a nice little burn in there, a good burn, like after you've had a good workout. I like it."


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.