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Royals could activate Kris Medlen on Sunday to help tired bullpen

Kansas City Royals pitcher Kris Medlen threw a simulated game at Kauffman Stadium in June.
Kansas City Royals pitcher Kris Medlen threw a simulated game at Kauffman Stadium in June. JSLEEZER@KCSTAR.COM

The Royals did not intend to activate pitcher Kris Medlen until Monday evening against Pittsburgh. But the attrition of three games in the past two days could hasten his arrival by a day.

Medlen is already with the team here at U.S. Cellular Field. His 30-day rehabilitation assignment ended on Saturday. Kansas City may need an arm, as they used eight pitchers on Saturday, a day after a doubleheader.

Manager Ned Yost indicated he had yet to speak with general manager Dayton Moore about the possibility of making a roster move for Sunday’s series final.

Brandon Finnegan threw two scoreless innings after Greg Holland blew a save in the ninth. Finnegan may be the most likely player to lose his roster spot. The Royals could option him to Class AAA Omaha.

The team also has to make room for starter Jason Vargas on Tuesday. Vargas is returning from a flexor strain that sent him to the disabled list. When Vargas comes back, Joe Blanton could be designated for assignment.

But there is little reason for the Royals to make that maneuver until they must, so it’s more likely Finnegan gets sent down to make room for Medlen.

To reach Andy McCullough, call 816-234-4370 or send email to rmccullough@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter: @McCulloughStar.

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