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Nate Karns | Starting Pitcher | #55

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (30) / 11/25/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 225
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Texas Tech
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 12 (0) / WAS
Contract: view contract details

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Royals transferred RHP Nathan Karns to the 60-day disabled list.
Nothing has changed in the right-hander's recovery process, this was merely done as a procedural move to free up a spot on the 40-man roster for Rosell Herrera, who was claimed off of waivers on Saturday. Karns continues to work his way back from thoracic outlet surgery and still has no clear timetable for his return. Jun 2 - 3:53 PM

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Nate Karns (elbow) has been shut down from throwing and won't travel with the Royals on their road trip.

Karns appears to have suffered a setback in his recovery from elbow inflammation. HE was originally supposed to be back sometime in the middle of April, but he likely won't be back with Kansas City until late May at the earliest, with June a more likely timetable.
May 9 - 5:16 PM

Nate Karns (elbow) will throw a simulated game Tuesday.

Karns is expected to be activated soon following last summer's thoracic outlet surgery. He'll work in relief initially but could eventually move into the rotation.
Apr 9 - 4:58 PM

Royals placed RHP Nate Karns on the 10-day disabled list with a right elbow injury.

Royals manager Ned Yost expressed optimism Thursday that Karns will be ready to come off the DL when first eligible next Friday. He'll work out of the bullpen initially but it's easy to envision him moving back into the Kansas City rotation at some point.
Mar 29 - 11:51 AM

Nate Karns gave up just one run and struck out seven Brewers in his Cactus League start on Thursday.

Karns did allow seven hits, but he walked just one and showed the bat-missing ability that has tantalized since he was a member of the Rays. He looks fully recovered from his shoulder troubles that plagued his 2017 season, and if he can stay on the mound in 2018, he could offer some value. You might want to see how things go over his first few outings before adding him, but you could do worse than Karns with a late-round flier.
Mar 22 - 5:49 PM

Nate Karns fired four scoreless frames in Friday’s victory over the Padres.

Another encouraging outing for Karns, who owns a 2.08 ERA and 11/5 K/BB ratio over 8 2/3 innings of work this spring. The 30-year-old was showing real signs of a breakout last year prior to undergoing surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome. HIs velocity reportedly looked good Friday, but there aren’t many examples of success stories for players who had this sort of surgery. Still, he projects to begin the year with a rotation spot if healthy.
Mar 16 - 11:15 PM

Nate Karns allowed two runs over three innings of work on Sunday in his Cactus League start against the Indians.

He yielded three hits, but didn't walk anyone and struck out four in the outing. Karns cruised through the first two innings, but got into trouble in the third and allowed a two-run homer to Roberto Perez. All things considered this was a solid start for the 30-year-old right-hander, and he's well on his way to earning a spot in the Kansas City rotation.
Mar 11 - 4:56 PM

Nate Karns tossed 1 2/3 scoreless innings in his Cactus League debut Tuesday night against the Padres.

Karns has been eased into live action this spring after undergoing surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome last July. He walked three batters on Tuesday but also recorded three strikeouts and yielded only one hit. If he can show better command over his next three or four spring outings, the 30-year-old right-hander should have a spot at the back of the Kansas City rotation.
Mar 6 - 9:28 PM

Nate Karns (thoracic outlet syndrome) is not under any restrictions at the start of spring training.

Karns' 2017 season ended when he had thoracic outlet surgery last July, but he's on the same schedule as the other Royals pitchers at the start of camp. The right-hander will compete for a spot in the rotation.
Feb 16 - 12:35 PM

Royals and RHP Nate Karns avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.375 million contract.

Sportsnet's Ben Nicholson-Smith says Karns can earn more through incentives base on starts and All-Star appearances. Karns was limited to just 45 1/3 innings in 2017 before having thoracic outlet surgery in July.
Jan 12 - 12:16 PM

Royals activated RHPs Nate Karns and Miguel Almonte, LHP Brian Flynn and OF Bubba Starling from the 60-day disabled list.

Karns missed a big chunk of the 2017 campaign and had thoracic outlet surgery in July. He should be ready for the start of spring training if all goes well during his rehab.
Fri, Nov 3, 2017 03:52:00 PM

Nate Karns (elbow) underwent successful thoracic outlet surgery on Wednesday.

Karns hadn't pitched in a game since May 19. He logged a 4.17 ERA in his first year with Kansas City. Karns should be recovered by the start of spring training next season.
Thu, Jul 20, 2017 05:43:00 PM

Nate Karns (elbow) will undergo season-ending thoracic outlet surgery on Wednesday.

Karns hasn't made any progress since landing on the DL in May and will now go under the knife. Playing for his third team in as many seasons, the 29-year-old right-hander pitched to a 2-2 record over nine outings (eight starts) for the Royals in 2017. He'll aim to be ready for the start of spring training next year.
Sat, Jul 15, 2017 04:46:00 PM

Royals manager Ned Yost said Friday that Nate Karns could require season-ending surgery to address thoracic outlet syndrome.

Karns landed on the disabled list in late May with tightness in the top of his forearm. His symptoms have lingered and Royals' doctors now believe that thoracic outlet syndrome is the source of his problems. "He’s having trouble with kind of the same thing (Hochevar) went through last year," said Yost. "We were hopeful that maybe it wouldn’t require thoracic outlet-type surgery, but it’s looking more and more like that’s probably going to be the case." There should be more clarity on his status soon. Either way, it's too bad, as Karns showed some real signs of a breakout prior to landing on the disabled list. He had a 4.17 ERA and 51/13 K/BB ratio through 45 1/3 innings.
Fri, Jul 7, 2017 08:40:00 PM

Nate Karns (elbow) will throw a bullpen session Monday and again on Thursday.

Karns resumed a throwing program a week and a half ago and continues to make progress. The Royals are taking things slowly, though, as he doesn't appear poised for a return anytime soon. Karns has been out since late May with a sore pitching elbow.
Sun, Jul 2, 2017 01:16:00 PM

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C1Salvador Perez
2Drew Butera
1B1Lucas Duda
2Hunter Dozier
2B1Whit Merrifield
2Adalberto Mondesi
SS1Alcides Escobar
2Ryan Goins
3B1Mike Moustakas
2Cheslor Cuthbert
LF1Alex Gordon
CF1Abraham Almonte
RF1Jorge Bonifacio
2Rosell Herrera
DH1Jorge Soler
Starting Pitcher
S1Danny Duffy
2Ian Kennedy
3Jason Hammel
4Jake Junis
5Nate Karns
6Jesse Hahn
7Eric Skoglund
8Brad Keller
Relief Pitcher
R1Justin Grimm
2Brandon Maurer
3Brian Flynn
4Burch Smith
5Timothy Hill
6Blaine Boyer
7Kevin McCarthy
8Wily Peralta
9Heath Fillmyer