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Kris Medlen to enter rotation in place of Jeremy Guthrie

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Time to stop meddlin' with the rotation.

Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

The Royals have announced Kris Medlen will start Monday at home against Baltimore in place of Jeremy Guthrie. The move comes after Guthrie allowed three runs, lasting just 4 1/3 innings in his start on Wednesday. That start pushed his season ERA to 5.65, the second-highest in all of baseball among qualified starters.

Medlen has a 2.51 ERA in 14 1/3 innings of relief this year, but has not made a start since 2013 with the Braves. He went 15-12 that year with a 3.11 ERA in 197 innings of work. He endured his second Tommy John surgery last year, making the Royals cautious with his workload this season.

The Royals have not announced a roster move, so presumably Guthrie will pitch in the bullpen. As for Medlen getting the chance to start, we salute the Royals.