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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.

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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 MLB.com reported earlier Tuesday that the two sides have discussed a two-year deal.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Braves transferred RHP Kris Medlen from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list with a right elbow injury.

Medlen, of course, underwent Tommy John surgery earlier this month. He'll obviously miss the 2014 season but should make it back early on in 2015.

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Kris Medlen is scheduled to undergo Tommy John surgery Tuesday on his right elbow.

It was an inevitable outcome for the 28-year-old right-hander, who had his first Tommy John procedure in August 2010 and is now facing another 12-month recovery period. Medlen will not pitch at all in 2014 and might have to miss the early part of the 2015 campaign as well. The Braves have been hit with multiple haymakers this spring.

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Kris Medlen (elbow) will visit Dr. James Andrews on Monday.

Medlen is pretty much resigned to the fact that he'll need Tommy John surgery, but he won't make a final decision until after he meets with Dr. Andrews. It would be the right-hander's second Tommy John procedure.

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Kris Medlen will undergo at least one more evaluation before undergoing Tommy John surgery.

The Braves' medical staff is out of town at a convention, which has delayed the process. Medlen told the media that he knew he needed Tommy John surgery as soon as his final pitch Sunday left his hand. His Tuesday stress X-ray essentially indicated the same thing.

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Kris Medlen told the media Wednesday morning that he's spent the past couple days preparing himself to undergo a second Tommy John surgery.

The Braves have done the same, importing veteran starter Ervin Santana on Wednesday. "Nothing official yet but he has accepted that he's almost certainly going to need TJ surgery," reports Dave O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. It's unfortunate news, but few are equipped to deal with it like Medlen, lauded for his makeup. He missed nearly all of the 2011 season while coming back from his first Tommy John surgery and returned to log a 2.47 ERA over 335 frames in 2012-2013.