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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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Nate Karns could be placed on the disabled list due to fluid buildup and tightness in his right elbow.
Karns was pulled early from his last outing due to forearm tightness, according to the Royals. There's no structural damage in the right-hander's pitching elbow, but the club could stint opt to shut Karns down for a bit. It's possible they'll make a decision later Sunday. May 21 - 12:14 PM

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Nate Karns tossed five innings of one-run ball in a no-decision against the Twins on Friday.

Karns was at 72 pitches when he was pulled due to some stiffness near the top of his forearm, but the good news is that the Royals are calling his exit precautionary. He struck out three and walked none, with the lone run scoring on a solo homer from Robbie Grossman in the fourth inning. Assuming Karns feels good, he lines up for a start against the Yankees on the road next week. It’s a tough matchup, but Karns continues to build momentum in mixed fantasy leagues.
May 20 - 1:05 AM

Nate Karns struck out 12 while allowing two runs over five innings, and the Royals edged the Orioles 4-3 on Saturday.

For as good as he was, Karns didn't factor in the decision, exiting before the game was decided in the sixth. He gave up a pair of solo homers among his five hits allowed, and the 12 strikeouts were a career high for a single game. It was the second consecutive start in which the 29-year-old got to double digits with his strikeout total, after he fanned 10 Rays in a win his last time out. With the no-decision, Karns remains 2-2 but with a 4.46 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 48/13 K/BB ratio over 40 1/3 innings. He'll try to keep the magic going, with pretty good odds to do it, Friday at the Twins.
May 13 - 11:15 PM

Nate Karns held the Rays to two runs over 6 1/3 innings Monday for his second win.

Karns struck out 10 batters in this one and has now strung together two very good starts here in May. For the season his ERA is 4.58, but he's racked up 36 strikeouts in 35 1/3 innings with a respectable 1.22 WHIP. Karns will aim to continue lowering that earned run average in his next start at home versus the Orioles.
May 8 - 10:59 PM

Nate Karns shut out the White Sox for six innings Wednesday, allowing just one hit in his first win of the season.

He struck out a season-high seven. Karns was a bust in April, posting a 6.26 ERA while averaging fewer than five innings per start. He should be better from here on out, but he's probably not going to be a mixed-league option anytime soon.
May 3 - 11:17 PM

Nathan Karns was knocked around for six runs over 4 2/3 innings in a loss to the Rangers on Friday.

The long ball really hurt him in this one, as Joey Gallo and Robinson Chirinos each hit a pair of home runs. Karns fanned six and walked three in the loss. It was quite a contrast to his first two starts, as he allowed two runs combined in 11 2/3 innings. Still in search of his first win, Karns lines up for a start against the White Sox next week on the road.
Apr 22 - 12:49 AM

Nate Karns allowed just one earned run, four hits and two walks with three strikeouts over six innings in a quality start and no-decision Saturday against the Angels.

Karns did a good job holding down the offense of the Halos, allowing just four singles. He was solid for the second straight start, but he has no wins to show for his efforts. The right-hander faces an uphill battle in his next scheduled start Friday, as he'll be opposed by Texas ace Cole Hamels in Arlington.
Apr 15 - 11:57 PM

Nate Karns was saddled with a no-decision in Sunday's 12-inning loss to the Astros, yielding one run on six hits over 5 2/3 innings.

Karns struck out three and walked three in the contest. The lone run to score on his watch came when George Springer smacked a solo home run off the 29-year-old right-hander to lead off the first inning. The Royals held a 3-1 advantage entering the bottom of the seventh and Karns looked to be on his way to earning the victory, but Marwin Gonzalez knotted up the contest with a two-run homer in the frame to stick him with a no-decision. With a career ERA of 4.53 in the majors, Karns holds little fantasy value outside of extremely deep AL-only formats. He will tango with the Angels at home next time he takes to the mound.
Apr 9 - 6:10 PM

Nate Karns tossed six innings of one-run ball Tuesday in the Royals' Cactus League defeat of the White Sox.

Karns struck out seven and walked just one in what was his final official Cactus League outing. The right-hander is lined up to serve as the Royals' fifth starter in 2017 after being acquired from the Mariners in January for outfielder Jarrod Dyson.
Mar 28 - 7:06 PM

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

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

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