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Medlen reports for first Spring Training as father


LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Exactly one week after becoming a father for the first time, Kris Medlen arrived at Spring Training on Tuesday with a little more hair than he had in his younger, less-domesticated days.

"Last year, I came with the married guy combover," Medlen said. "Now it's the dad combover."

Medlen said he has been in a bit of a euphoric state since his wife, Nicole, gave birth to their first child, Max Michael, last week in Atlanta. The new mother and baby are expected to travel to the Orlando area later this week and stay for the remainder of Spring Training.

"I feel awesome working out and all of that stuff," Medlen said. "I worked out extremely hard just like I did last year, but the last week I've lost a little consistency with all of that just because I was at the hospital for three days. I think I will take it a little slower the first couple of days, but I'm ready to go physically."

A native of Southern California, Medlen said his son has not caused him to lose much sleep over the last week.

"The first night at the house, I slept nine hours," Medlen said. "I got up for 30 seconds when he started screaming and then I went right back to bed. That's my earthquake training from when I was younger."

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