Kris Medlen
SP FA
3 months ago

Braves manager Brian Snitker indicated that Medlen may need to build up his workload in the minors for around three weeks before receiving consideration for a call up, David O'Brien of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

EDGE Analysis

Medlen inked a minor-league contract with the Braves in the offseason with the understanding that he'd be behind the team's other healthy pitchers while recovering from a rotator cuff strain, but the organization's investment could soon pay dividends. The 31-year-old resumed pitching in minor-league games in late May and has generally impressed over his four total starts between High-A Florida and Double-A Mississippi, posting a 1.74 ERA over two turns with the latter affiliate. It's expected that he'll soon move up to Triple-A Gwinnett, at which point Medlen would generate more serious intrigue for a rotation spot with the big club if he continues to perform well. With 40-something starters Bartolo Colon (oblique) and R.A. Dickey struggling, hurt or both, it might behoove the Braves to see if Medlen is capable of providing an upgrade at the back end of the rotation.

Kris Medlen
SP FA
4 months ago

Medlen (shoulder) made a rehab appearance at High-A Florida on Saturday, tossing six shutout innings while scattering one hit and three walks to go with three strikeouts.

EDGE Analysis

Making his first appearance in affiliated ball this season after he was delayed during spring training while recovering from a rotator cuff strain, Medlen navigated seamlessly through six frames, albeit against low-quality competition. He could make a few more rehab starts with some of the Braves' lower-level affiliates before eventually settling into the rotation at Triple-A Gwinnett. Since Medlen doesn't have a spot on the 40-man roster, he may face a difficult path back to the big leagues if the Braves pitching staff remains relatively healthy this season.

Kris Medlen
SP FA
5 months ago

Medlen (shoulder) is continuing to build up strength in extended spring training, David O'Brien of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

EDGE Analysis

Medlen, severely limited by injuries over the past two seasons, is still recovering from a rotator cuff strain that derailed his 2016 campaign. Nonetheless, the rehab is a good sign and it's expected that the 31-year-old will report to a minor league team as soon as he's ready to get back on the mound.

Kris Medlen
SP FA
8 months ago

Medlen signed a minor league contract with the Braves on Friday, David O'Brien of the AJC reports.

EDGE Analysis

Medlen returns to the Braves organization after having his option declined by the Royals this offseason. Injuries have limited him to just 21 total major league appearances over the past two seasons, including a shoulder injury that put him on the shelf after May 10. According to Mark Bowman of MLB.com, Medlen says he is behind schedule in terms of his rehab, so the Braves will take it slow with their newly acquired right-hander as spring training begins.

Kris Medlen
SP FA
10 months ago

Medlen's 2017 option was declined by the Royals on Friday, making him a free agent.

EDGE Analysis

Medlen only started six games before going on the shelf for the remainder of the season with a shoulder injury, so given his struggles and injury woes, the Royals will send him into free agency. The 31-year-old is a few years removed from a dominant year with the Braves, but given his injuring history, it's hard to see him reverting to that old form.

Kris Medlen
SP FA
1 year ago

Medlen (shoulder) made a two-inning rehab stint Saturday for Triple-A Omaha, allowing zero runs while striking out two batters and walking none.

EDGE Analysis

The 30-year-old has not thrown over 35 pitches in any of his August rehab appearances. His rehab is expected to end mid-September, however, and his role with the Royals is unknown. Before the injury, Medlen started six early-season games where he struggled with a 7.77 ERA.

Kris Medlen
SP FA
1 year ago

Medlen (shoulder) will begin a rehab assignment Tuesday, Rustin Dodd of the Kansas City Star reports.

EDGE Analysis

The 30-year-old right-hander is set to begin his rehab assignment at the team's spring training facility before moving up to Triple-A Omaha later in the week. Given that Medlen hasn't pitched at the big league level since early May and has had multiple setbacks in his recovery, he'll likely need most of the 30-day time frame for pitchers on rehab assignments.

Kris Medlen
SP FA
1 year ago

Medlen (shoulder) has been facing hitters during batting practice at the Royals' spring training facility in Arizona, Rustin Dodd of the Kansas City Star reports.

EDGE Analysis

Medlen hasn't progressed to the point where he's been cleared to pitch in a game setting, but that could arrive soon. The oft-injured 30-year-old was roughed up to the tune of a 7.77 ERA and 2.05 WHIP in six starts with the Royals earlier this season, so even if he's cleared to rejoin the club in September when rosters expand, he might have to settle for a bullpen role.

Kris Medlen
SP FA
1 year ago

Medlen (shoulder) will throw a bullpen session of Friday and is expected to go on a rehab assignment soon, Josh Vernier of 610 Sports Radio reports.

EDGE Analysis

Medlen, who was placed on the disabled list on May 12, will attempt to make another set of rehab appearances for the Royals. Medlen made two rehab appearances back in June before re-injuring his shoulder and having to be shut down once again. Medlen started six games for the Royals before getting hurt, posting a lackluster 7.77 ERA and 2.05 WHIP in 24.1 innings.

Kris Medlen
SP FA
1 year ago

Medley (shoulder) is scheduled to throw off a mound Saturday, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Medlen has been shut down since early July with a shoulder strain but appears to be moving in the right direction by toeing the hill once again. If all goes well in his throwing outing Saturday, he'll likely advance to bullpen sessions in the coming weeks before a possible rehab assignment sometime in August.