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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
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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. Nov 3 - 3:52 PM

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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.
Jul 20 - 5:43 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.
Jul 15 - 4:46 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.
Jul 7 - 8:40 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.
Jul 2 - 1:16 PM

Royals transferred RHP Nate Karns from the 10-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

He's now not eligible to return until late July. Karns recently resumed throwing as he works his way back from an elbow injury.
Jun 26 - 8:23 PM

Nate Karns (elbow) is scheduled to resume throwing Wednesday.

Karns was shut down for the last week due to lingering soreness in his right elbow. He has been on the disabled list since May 21 and probably won't be ready to return to the Royals' rotation until sometime after the All-Star break.
Jun 20 - 6:35 PM

Nate Karns (elbow) has begun throwing long toss.

Royals manager Ned Yost said Tuesday that the long-toss sessions are out to "maybe 150 feet." The next step for Karns will be mound work, and then a minor league rehab assignment will follow. That's at least a two-week process. Karns has been on the disabled list since May 21 because of right elbow soreness.
Jun 6 - 5:39 PM

Royals placed RHP Nate Karns on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to May 21, with a right elbow injury.

Karns experienced a buildup of fluid around his right elbow during his last start Friday against the Twins. He's eligible to return next Wednesday and it's possible that he will only miss one turn in the Royals' rotation, though there isn't much clarity at this point. Miguel Almonte is starting in Karns' place on Thursday against the Yankees.
May 24 - 2:19 PM

Royals manager Ned Yost said Tuesday that it remains unlikely Nate Karns (elbow) will make his next scheduled start.

Karns was pulled after throwing five innings of one-run ball last Friday against the Twins due to fluid buildup in his right elbow. He hasn't been placed on the disabled list, but Miguel Almonte is expected to pitch in his place Thursday against the Yankees. There should be something more official soon.
May 23 - 7:50 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Salvador Perez
2Drew Butera
3Cameron Gallagher
4Meibrys Viloria
1B1Brandon Moss
2B1Whit Merrifield
SS1Raul Mondesi
2Ramon Torres
3B1Cheslor Cuthbert
LF1Alex Gordon
CF1Paulo Orlando
2Bubba Starling
RF1Jorge Bonifacio
DH1Jorge Soler
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Danny Duffy
2Ian Kennedy
3Jason Hammel
4Jake Junis
5Nate Karns
6Sam Gaviglio
7Eric Skoglund
8Wily Peralta
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Kelvin Herrera
2Joakim Soria
3Brandon Maurer
4Ryan Buchter
5Scott Alexander
6Kevin McCarthy
7Brian Flynn
8Miguel Almonte
9Andres Machado
10Eric Stout
11Timothy Hill