Kris Medlen SP KC 1 month ago

The Kansas City Royals activated Kris Medlen from the disabled list Tuesday after he recovered from Tommy John surgery, according to the Kansas City Star. Medlen was stretched out as a starter during his rehab assignment, but he will return to the big club as a long man and rotation depth after making 31 starts with the Atlanta Braves in 2013. "I had a pretty good time this time going through it compared to last," Medlen told ESPN, referring to the fact that he underwent the surgery when he was with the Braves in 2010. "With this good of a team and this good of people to be around, it's made it a lot easier and watching some really good baseball, it's got me pretty fired up to come back." Medlen has a 2.95 ERA with 434 strikeouts in 512.2 career innings.

Kris Medlen SP KC 1 month ago

Kansas City Royals pitcher Kris Medlen will be activated from the disabled list on Monday after recovering from an elbow injury, according to the Kansas City Star. Medlen has not pitched in the major leagues since undergoing his second Tommy John surgery in March 2014 and is expected to join the team's bullpen, although he could eventually earn a role in the starting rotation.

Kris Medlen SP KC 1 month ago

Kansas City Royals pitcher Kris Medlen threw seven scoreless innings in his final Double-A rehab start Wednesday as he continues his recovery from Tommy John surgery, according to the Kansas City Star. The 29-year-old has made six starts in the minors, and his 30-day rehab stint expires Saturday, at which point the Royals will need to make a roster move. Medlen has not pitched in the majors since posting a 3.11 ERA over 31 starts for the Atlanta Braves in 2013.

Kris Medlen SP KC 1 month ago

Medlen (elbow) has transferred his rehab assignment to Double-A Northwest Arkansas, and will pitch Wednesday.

Medlen has progressed to the late steps of his rehab from his second Tommy John surgery, but hasn't had a lot of success in his rehab assignment. The 29-year-old hasn't pitched in a major league game since 2013, but that could come at some point in the near future. His role with the Royals could be different, however, as the club already sports six in its current rotation.

Kris Medlen SP KC 2 months ago

Medlen (elbow) gave up two runs on four hits over 3.2 innings during Monday's rehab start for Triple-A Omaha, Matthew DeFranks of FOX Sports Kansas City reports.

Making his first rehab appearance at the Triple-A level, Medlen failed to record a strikeout on 72 pitches. He started the assignment June 19, and it will likely stretch close to the 30-day maximum. Medlen should be an option for either the starting rotation or bullpen shortly after the All-Star break.

Kris Medlen SP KC 2 months ago

Medlen (elbow) is slated to make a rehab start at Double-A Northwest Arkansas on Friday, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.

Medlen remains hopeful to be ready by the All-Star break, but the Royals apparently have him on a 30-day rehab scheduled, so it seems more likely that he'll be back with the big league club shortly after the break, barring a setback.

Kris Medlen SP KC 3 months ago

Medlen (elbow) should be ready to return by the All-Star break according to manager Ned Yost, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports.

There's no way to know what kind of Kris Medlen to expect when he finally returns, but the Royals will likely welcome some pitching help, be it in what has been their beleaguered rotation or stacked bullpen. However, there are still several steps for Medlen to go through before he's ready.

Kris Medlen SP KC 3 months ago

Medlen (elbow) will throw a simulated game Thursday, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports.

Royals general manager Dayton Moore said Thursday that Medlen is nearing a rehab assignment, and it's seemingly possible the right-hander could start one as soon as next week or weekend. Medlen's assignment will likely be a lengthy one, making a return before the end of June or early July unlikely. Right around the All-Star break is probably a fair target.

Kris Medlen SP KC 3 months ago

Royals general manager Dayton Moore said Thursday that Medlen (elbow) will begin a rehab assignment soon, Andy McCullough of The Kansas City Star reports.

Now 14 months removed from Tommy John surgery, Medlen is seemingly still on track to join the Royals in late June or July. It's unclear whether he'll eventually land in the bullpen or rotation, and that may depend on how he pitches during the eventual rehab assignment.

Kris Medlen SP KC 3 months ago

Medlen (elbow) pitched an inning in an extended spring training game this week, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.

Medlen has been slowly rebuilding strength in his elbow as he works his way back from a second Tommy John surgery, which he underwent a little over 14 months ago. It's uncertain what role Medlen will assume upon his expected return in the second half, but the team may opt to use him out of the bullpen as the Braves did following his first procedure.