60DKris Medlen
SP KC
1 week ago

Medlen was moved to the 60-day DL on Monday.

EDGE Analysis

Medlen suffered a setback while rehabbing earlier in the month, with the team announcing back on July 7 that he'd likely be shut down for a few weeks due to a strained shoulder. The right-hander remains without a firm timetable, but the move to the 60-day DL removes him from the 40-man roster in order to free up a spot for Nick Tepesch, who was claimed off waivers from Oakland on Monday.

60DKris Medlen
SP KC
3 weeks ago

Medlen (shoulder) could be shut down for a few weeks according to manager Ned Yost, Rustin Dodd of the Kansas City Star Telegram reports.

EDGE Analysis

Medlen exited his rehab start Tuesday with a Grade 1 right shoulder strain that will force him to miss even more time on the disabled list. He will likely not return until the second week of August, barring any more setbacks. There is no timetable on when Medlen will resume throwing, but he will have to undergo a couple rehab games before he is ready to rejoin the club.

60DKris Medlen
SP KC
3 weeks ago

Medlen (shoulder) will be recalled from his rehab assignment due to a right shoulder strain.

EDGE Analysis

Medlen left Tuesday's rehab start in the third inning, and will be reevaluated later today. Depending on the results of his evaluation, his return could be pushed back even further than previously expected with no timetable for his return.

60DKris Medlen
SP KC
3 weeks ago

Medlen (shoulder) walked off the field immediately after throwing his 49th pitch of the game in the third inning of a rehab start with Triple-A Omaha, the Kansas City Star reports.

EDGE Analysis

Medlen had a brutal six starts for the Royals before landing on the DL with a rotator cuff strain. Tuesday was supposed to be his last rehab start before rejoining the Royals rotation, but now it looks as though Medlen needs more time, potentially a lot more given the way he pulled himself out of the game.

60DKris Medlen
SP KC
1 month ago

Manager Ned Yost said Sunday that Medlen (shoulder) would require another rehab start in the minors before returning from the DL, Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star reports.

EDGE Analysis

Medlen pitched well in his first rehab start at Triple-A Omaha on Saturday, giving up an unearned run on two hits and a walk over 4.2 innings while striking out five batters. The 30-year-old was capped at 69 pitches in the outing, so the Royals likely want to see him log closer to 100 pitches in a game before they activate him from the DL. Medlen should have a spot waiting for him at the back end of the Royals' rotation when he's ultimately activated, likely in the first week of July.

60DKris Medlen
SP KC
1 month ago

Medlen's (shoulder) rehab has been transferred to Triple-A Omaha, and he'll be the starting pitcher for Saturday's game.

EDGE Analysis

Medlen had been rehabbing at Double-A Northwest Arkansas, but he'll now move up to the Triple-A ranks as he nears a return to the Royals. The team is yet to offer a target date, but if Saturday's start goes well, Kansas City may consider bringing him back into the rotation before the end of the month.

60DKris Medlen
SP KC
1 month ago

Medlen (shoulder) will start Monday for Double-A Northwest Arkansas and also Triple-A Nashville later in the week, although a definitive date for rejoining the Royals has yet to be determined, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Medlen seems to be nearing a return to Kansas City, although the Royals will likely make sure things go accordingly during his two scheduled starts in the minors before entertaining the idea of a major league return. Assuming everything does in fact go as planned, Medlen could sneak in a start for the Royals before the calendar turns to July.

60DKris Medlen
SP KC
1 month ago

Medlen (shoulder) is slated to pitch three innings Wednesday with Double-A Northwest Arkansas, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Medlen has been on the shelf for over a month with shoulder inflammation and soreness, but the issue has apparently subsided enough to the point that he can pitch in live game situations again. It's unclear what the plan is at this point, but the 30-year-old may need to make another rehab start after Wednesday's before he's cleared to return to the major league rotation.

60DKris Medlen
SP KC
2 months ago

Medlen (shoulder) will begin a rehab assignment next Wednesday, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Medlen has been sidelined since mid-May with a Grade 1 rotator cuff strain and has been making steady progress towards his return. He's been throwing side-sessions, faced live hitters in extended spring training, and is now set to begin the final hurdle in his recovery - a rehab assignment. He'll likely head to Triple-A Omaha for one or two starts and if he doesn't encounter any setbacks, could return to Kansas City's rotation in the next few weeks.

60DKris Medlen
SP KC
2 months ago

Medlen (shoulder) is headed for Arizona on Saturday to face hitters in extended spring training, and will soon head out on a rehab assignment if everything goes as planned, the Kansas City Star's Rustin Dodd reports.

EDGE Analysis

He was placed on the DL three weeks ago with a rotator cuff strain, and while he could theoretically return to the big league rotation before the All-Star break, his prior injury history is so extensive that it's hard to be too optimistic. Additionally, he was awful this season prior to suffering the injury, and had an ERA over 4.00 last season, so the upside is very limited.