Author: D.J. Short

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Kris Medlen ready to face hitters for first time since Tommy John surgery


Royals right-hander Kris Medlen missed the entire 2014 season following the second Tommy John surgery of his career, but he’s inching closer to game action.

According to Jeffrey Flanagan of, Medlen is scheduled to travel to the team’s complex in Surprise, Arizona on Monday to begin facing hitters. He’s about 13 months removed from surgery right now, but the Royals are understandably being cautious about his rehab process. The hope is that he could be a candidate to contribute around midseason.

After being non-tendered by the Braves last November, Medlen joined the Royals on a two-year, $8.5 million contract with a $10 million mutual option for 2017. The 29-year-old owns a 2.95 ERA over 61 starts and 91 relief appearances in his career, so he’s a fine gamble.

Mets place Rafael Montero on disabled list with rotator cuff inflammation

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The Mets optioned right-hander Rafael Montero to Triple-A Las Vegas after he gave up three runs over 5 2/3 innings against the Marlins in a spot start on Tuesday, but that option was rescinded today when he was placed on the 15-day disabled list with rotator cuff inflammation.

According to Anthony DiComo of, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said that they “don’t expect this to be serious.” Montero was given anti-inflammatories and will rest for a bit before resuming a throwing program.

The Mets plan to use a sixth starter at certain points this season and the hope is that Montero will be a candidate the next time they need one, likely in June. The other possibilities include top prospects Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz.

Video: Mike Trout leaps to make a game-saving catch against the Athletics

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Bottom of the ninth between the Angels and Athletics this afternoon. Bases loaded and two outs with the Angels up by one. Ike Davis connected for a long drive to center field off Huston Street which appeared to be a potential game-winner. That’s when Mike Trout saved the day:

Street’s reaction just about sums it up nicely:

Trout finishes April with a .329/.447/.592 batting line to go along with five home runs, 14 RBI, and six stolen bases over 22 games. We’re getting pretty spoiled by his excellence.

Anthony Rendon could resume his minor league rehab assignment tomorrow

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Anthony Rendon’s return from a left knee sprain hit a snag this week due to some tightness in his side, but he could resume his minor league rehab assignment as soon as tomorrow.

Nationals manager Matt Williams said that Rendon went through a full workout today. Assuming he feels good tomorrow, he’ll return to the lineup with Double-A Harrisburg for the first time since last Saturday. The Nationals were originally hoping that Rendon would be ready to make his season debut during this weekend’s four-game series against the Mets, but he’ll likely spend a few more days in the minors to get back into the swing of things.

The Nationals were talking about potentially having Rendon split time between second base and third base upon his return, as Yunel Escobar has grown more comfortable at the hot corner. It’s unclear whether that’s still the plan, but either way, getting him back will be a big boost to their lineup.

Rendon, 24, batted .287 with a .351 on-base percentage to go along with 21 home runs and 17 stolen bases last season.

Yordano Ventura drops appeal of seven-game suspension

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The Royals announced this afternoon that right-hander Yordano Ventura dropped the appeal of his seven-game suspension from MLB. He’ll begin serving it tonight.

Ventura was suspended for his part in instigating last Thursday’s benches-clearing brawl against the White Sox. He got the stiffest penalty of any of the players involved. Edinson Volquez (five games), Lorenzo Cain (two games), and Kelvin Herrera (two games) were also suspended for Kansas City while Chris Sale (five games) and Jeff Samardizja (five games) were suspended for Chicago.

Ventura initially appealed the suspension, so he was able to start against the Indians last night. It didn’t go so well, as he took the loss after allowing five runs on six hits and four walks over 5 1/3 innings. He’ll now miss one turn in the rotation and will be eligible to return for the start of a three-game series against the Tigers next Friday.