Royals’ Kris Medlen and Danny Duffy to throw simulated games

Kansas City Royals pitcher Kris Medlen’ next step is a simulated game.
Kansas City Royals pitcher Kris Medlen’ next step is a simulated game. The Kansas City Star

The next step in Kris Medlen’s comeback is Thursday, when he pitches a three-inning simulated game against various Royals.

Lefty Danny Duffy also will throw a simulated game on Thursday as he recovers from biceps tendinitis.

Medlen has been in Arizona, rehabilitating his elbow as he recovers from his second Tommy John surgery. There is not precise date for his return, but Medlen has been satisfied with the progress.

He’s been building up strength, throwing one inning to hitters, getting three or five outs depending on the number of pitches, then not throwing for two or three days.

Last Saturday, he threw two innings for the second time, and Thursday will mark the next step.

“It’s felt great,” Medlen said. “The first time I threw there was a little soreness the next day.”

But after the next two outings, the post-throwing soreness was gone, and the pitches were just about where he’d hoped.

“Fast ball was there, curve ball was there, the change-up was a little inconsistent,” Medlen said.

Royals general manager Dayton Moore told The Star last week that once Medlen can build up five innings, he would join one of the club’s affiliates.

“We want to make sure we get him built up,” Royals manager Ned Yost said.

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