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Nate Karns | Starting Pitcher | #55

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (29) / 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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Nathan Karns delivered a stellar outing Wednesday in the Royals’ Cactus League win over the Padres, giving up just four hits over six shutout frames.
He struck out nine and didn’t walk anyone. Karns was razor-blade sharp in this one, retiring the first nine batters he faced before finally yielding a leadoff single to Travis Jankowski in the fourth inning. Cory Spangenberg’s fifth-inning double was the only hit he allowed that went for extra bases. Wednesday’s gem lowered Karns’ spring ERA from 7.36 to 4.76. The right-hander has already been tapped as Kansas City’s fifth starter. Mar 22 - 8:09 PM

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Nate Karns will open the 2017 season as the Royals' fifth starter.

That announcement was made Sunday in camp by Royals manager Ned Yost. Karns hasn't pitched all that well in the Cactus League, but he was the favorite for the No. 5 spot leading into the spring after Kansas City acquired him in an offseason trade for Jarrod Dyson. Karns has some deep mixed and AL-only fantasy appeal.
Mar 20 - 12:51 PM

Nate Karns surrendered four runs (three earned) over four innings against the Brewers on Friday.

Karns was handed an early 3-0 lead, but he quickly gave up a four-spot in the bottom of the first. The Royals eventually battled back, so Karns was actually credited with the win in this one. He allowed seven hits (including a two-run homer to Ryan Braun) in all while walking a pair. Karns started out the spring strong, but he has scuffled over his past two starts. Still, he appears to have the edge over Chris Young and Travis Wood for the final spot in the Royals’ rotation.
Mar 17 - 7:52 PM

Nathan Karns gave up two runs in three-plus innings Monday against the Diamondbacks.

Karns struck out three and walked one. He started out with three scoreless frames before being pulled after the first two batters reached in the top of the fourth inning. They both eventually came around to score. Karns is locked in a battle with Chris Young and Travis Wood for the fifth spot in the rotation and it will likely take a couple of weeks to get sorted out.
Mar 6 - 6:55 PM

Nate Karns tallied three strikeouts over two perfect innings Wednesday in the Royals' Cactus League loss to the Cubs.

Karns couldn’t have asked for a better debut, shutting down the defending World Champs while throwing 15 of his 19 pitches for strikes. His strikeout victims included Albert Almora, Chris Dominguez and Jon Jay. As sharp as he looked on Wednesday, it’s hard to be optimistic about Karns’ chances of fantasy success. The 29-year-old holds a lifetime ERA of 4.41 and has been with four different organizations over his last five seasons. Even in deeper fantasy leagues he's not worth considering.
Mar 1 - 6:57 PM

Royals acquired RHP Nate Karns from the Mariners in exchange for OF Jarrod Dyson.

Karns holds a pedestrian 4.41 ERA over his first 265 1/3 innings in the majors, but he's struck out 270 batters over that time and is under team control through 2020. He's far from a given to develop into a nice mid-rotation piece, but the righty isn't a bad pick-up for one year of Dyson. He will compete for the final spot in the Royals' rotation and will be part of the bullpen if he doesn't win that gig.
Jan 6 - 5:08 PM

Mariners activated RHP Nathan Karns from the 60-day disabled list.

Karns is now back on the 40-man roster. Acquired from the Rays last winter, the 28-year-old right-hander posted a 5.15 ERA in 15 starts and seven relief appearances this season and missed most of the second half with a back injury.
Thu, Nov 3, 2016 05:43:00 PM

Nathan Karns (back) played catch with the trainer on Wednesday.

Karns has been on the shelf since the end of July due to a muscle strain in his lower back. He is hoping for a return before the end of the regular season, but that could be a reach -- the 28-year-old right-hander will not be eligible to return from the 60-day disabled list until September 29. The season wraps on October 2.
Wed, Sep 7, 2016 06:01:00 PM

Nathan Karns (back) still hopes to return before the end of the season.

Karns was recently transferred to the 60-day disabled list, so he won't be eligible to return until September 29. The regular season ends on September 2, so it could be a stretch for him to make a contribution. Karns has been out since July 29 with a muscle strain in his lower back.
Tue, Sep 6, 2016 10:32:00 AM

Mariners transferred RHP Nate Karns from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

The move clears the way for Evan Scribner's return. Karns is now effectively ruled out for the season with a lower back strain, as he will finish with a disappointing 5.15 ERA in his first season in Seattle.
Thu, Sep 1, 2016 04:05:00 PM

Nate Karns (back) hasn't resumed throwing.

Karns claims to be feeling better but there's still no timetable for his return. The right-hander was moved to the bullpen in June but Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto said the team plans to use him as a starter going forward. Karns has gone 6-2 with a 5.15 ERA in his first year with Seattle.
Thu, Aug 18, 2016 08:22:00 PM

Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto said Monday that the team plans to stretch Nate Karns (back) out as a starter.

Karns was moved to the bullpen at the end of June, but Dipoto said the Mariners didn't see the velocity spike they were hoping for and are ready to abandon the experiment. The 29-year-old hit the disabled list over the weekend with a lower back strain, but he'll be brought back as a starter when he's ready.
Mon, Aug 1, 2016 08:41:00 PM

Mariners placed RHP Nate Karns on the 15-day disabled list with a lower back strain.

The right-hander has lost all fantasy relevance since his demotion to the bullpen, so this isn't major news. He should be ready to rejoin the M's bullpen in mid-August.
Sat, Jul 30, 2016 12:26:00 PM

Nate Karns earned his first save Saturday since being demoted to the bullpen.

With an eight-run lead after six innings, the Mariners asked Karns to pitch the last three frames. He gave up a pair of runs on a homer by Chris Davis. Karns was only credited with a save because he closed out the blowout game after pitching three innings. Karns is not a threat to steal closer Steve Cishek's job any time soon.
Sun, Jul 3, 2016 02:30:00 AM

In his first appearance after being moved to the pen, Nate Karns struck out six in two scoreless innings Wednesday against the Pirates.

Karns still looked like one of the Mariners' five-best starters even with his modestly disappointing start this year, but tonight showed why the move to the pen could work out anyway. The team could finish the year with Karns and Edwin Diaz as its two best relievers.
Thu, Jun 30, 2016 01:36:00 AM

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