Kris Medlen SP KC 1 day 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 6 days ago

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

Kris Medlen SP KC 1 month ago

Medlen (elbow) is headed to the Royals' spring training complex to face live hitters for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery last March,'s Jeffrey Flanagan reports.

Medlen started throwing off a mound two weeks ago, so this is the logical next step in his progression. If everything goes well, he could start a minor-league rehab assignment by the end of May, which would give him a chance to join the Royals in June. The team doesn't have an obvious opening in its starting rotation, but a lot could happen over the next month or two.

Kris Medlen SP KC 2 months ago

Medlen (elbow) threw curveballs off a mound this week for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports.

Medlen, who was recently moved to the 60-day DL, is continuing an arduous recovery from his second Tommy John surgery. He'll soon head to the Royals' spring training complex in Phoenix to complete a few rehab outings in May, with his sights set on being available to the Royals in the second half. He'll need a spot to open up in the starting rotation in order to have a major fantasy impact, but could also be useful for the team in long relief.

Kris Medlen SP KC 3 months ago

Medlen has been placed on the 60-day disabled list, according to the team's official twitter account

Medlen is working his way back from his second Tommy John surgery, which caused him to miss the entire 2014 season. He was moved to the 60-day DL to make room for the newly inked Chris Young.

Kris Medlen SP KC 5 months ago

Medlen (elbow) signed a two-year contract with the Royals on Thursday that includes a mutual option for 2017.

The Braves were pushing to re-sign Medlen to a two-year deal after declining to tender him a contract earlier this month, but a former Braves executive, current Royals GM Dayton Moore, swooped in and signed the right-hander away from Atlanta. Medlen underwent his second Tommy John surgery in March and missed the entire 2014 season as a result, but he went 15-12 with a 3.11 ERA and 1.22 WHIP in his first full season as a starter in 2013. It's uncertain when Medlen will be ready to return, but he could wind up playing a significant role in the Royals' rotation during the second half of the season.

Kris Medlen SP KC 6 months ago

The Braves declined to tender Medlen (elbow) a contract, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Although Medlen missed the entire 2014 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery, he would have commanded at least $5.8 million in his third year of arbitration, a figure the Braves simply weren't comfortable with given the amount of time he's expected to miss in 2015. It's entirely possible the Braves will bring him back at a reduced price, as Mark Bowman of reported earlier Tuesday that the two sides have discussed a two-year deal.

Kris Medlen SP KC 7 months ago

Medlen (elbow) has been activated from the 60-day DL.

With the postseason coming to an end last week, all major league teams were forced to return their designated 60-day DL players to the 40-man roster. Medlen, Brandon Beachy (elbow), Cory Gearrin (elbow) and Jonny Venters (elbow) were activated by Atlanta. The 29-year-old Medlen was cleared to resume a throwing program in early September and has been adamant that he will pitch at some point in 2015, though there remains a chance the Braves could decline to offer arbitration.

Kris Medlen SP KC 9 months ago

Medlen (elbow) began light throwing Tuesday, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Medlen resumed throwing Tuesday just under six months removed from undergoing his second Tommy John surgery. He still has a ways to go in his recovery, but his rehab is under way, and he noted that he felt great following Tuesday's session.

Kris Medlen SP KC 9 months ago

Medlen (elbow) is expected to resume throwing in two and a half weeks, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Now close to five months removed from his second career Tommy John surgery, Medlen's spirits are high as he counts the days until he's cleared to pick up a baseball again. The right-hander said there's no doubt in his mind he'll be back at some point next season, but the question is whether it will be with the Braves, as there's a chance the team could non-tender him.