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Friday, December 19, 2014

Royals Injury Update: New signing Kris Medlen not expected until second half


By on 12/19/2014 12:00:00 PM

The Kansas City Royals head into this winter after a very successful 2014 season that left them just short of their first World Series championship since 1985.  In attempts to push them over the hump, the Royals have signed right-handed pitcher Kris Medlen, who is coming off Tommy John surgery. The benefits of the signing will not be immediate, though, as Medlen is not expected to return until after the All-Star break.


I reported on December 2 that Medlen, who missed all of last season recovering from Tommy John surgery, could be ready to make rehab starts by late April and coul return by June.

An update on Medlen, as reported by Doug Miller of MLB.com, is that the Royals newly signed pitcher was introduced in a news conference at Kauffman Stadium on Thursday. He was signed to a two-year contract wit incentives. Medlen became one of the young star pitchers in the National League in 2012 and 2013 before injury struck. Although the Royals think he can get back to form, they may need to wait until the second half of the season to see him pitch in a game at the Major League level.

When Medlen is ready, he'll join a staff that consists of Edinson Volquez, Danny Duffy, Jason Vargas, Yordano Ventura and Jeremy Guthrie
 
Medlen, a 29-year old right-hander, was 15-12 with a 3.11 ERA in his first full season as a starter in 2013. In 197 innings, he allowed 194 hits, walked  47 and struck out 157.  Medlen has a career record of 34-20 with a 2.95 ERA. 





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