Kris Medlen set to make first start in nearly two years for Royals
KANSAS CITY - When Kris Medlen toes the rubber at Kauffman Stadium Monday night, he will be doing so for the first time in nearly two years. The 29-year-old righty hasn't started a game since September 27, 2013 when he was with the Atlanta Braves.
Medlen had Tommy John surgery for the second time in less than four years in March of last year, which caused him to miss the entire 2014 season. This offseason, though, he signed a two-year contract with the Royals worth a minimum of $8.5 million.
Initially, Medlen wasn't expected to be thrust into action in 2015, but injuries and under performance have forced him into the rotation, at least for now. The team lost Jason Vargas for the season on July 21, when he tore his UCL, an injury that generally requires Tommy John surgery.
Yordano Ventura, the team's 2015 Opening Day starter, has been relatively ineffective this season, posting a 4.64 ERA across 114.1 innings.
Medlen has come out of the bullpen for the Royals seven times this season, pitching 14.1 innings and earning a 1-0 record and 2.53 ERA, but this will be his first time starting a game in a Kansas City uniform.
The Royals will take on the Baltimore Orioles Monday night. First pitch is at 7:10 p.m. It will, of course, be thrown by Medlen.