Kris Medlen completes comeback from second Tommy John surgery, joins the Royals’ bullpen


Right-hander Kris Medlen, who missed all of last season following a second Tommy John elbow surgery, is back in the majors with the Royals.

Medlen signed a two-year deal, $8.5 million deal with the Royals this offseason after being let go by the Braves and returns about 15 months following the surgery.

Durability has always been an issue for Medlen, but in 2012 and 2013 he went 25-13 with a 2.47 ERA and 277/70 K/BB ratio in 335 innings for the Braves. For now he’ll work out of the Royals’ bullpen, but if Medlen looks good and healthy he could join the rotation down the stretch.

He pitched reasonably well while rehabbing in the minors, posting a 3.56 ERA and 20/5 K/BB ratio in 30 innings between Double-A and Triple-A.