7DKris Medlen
SP KC
3 days 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.

7DKris Medlen
SP KC
2 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.

7DKris Medlen
SP KC
4 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.

7DKris Medlen
SP KC
7 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.

7DKris Medlen
SP KC
9 months 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.

7DKris Medlen
SP KC
9 months 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.

7DKris Medlen
SP KC
9 months 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.

7DKris Medlen
SP KC
10 months 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.

7DKris Medlen
SP KC
10 months 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.

7DKris Medlen
SP KC
10 months 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.