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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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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

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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

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.
Mon, Jun 26, 2017 08:23:00 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.
Tue, Jun 20, 2017 06:35:00 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.
Tue, Jun 6, 2017 05:39:00 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.
Wed, May 24, 2017 02:19:00 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.
Tue, May 23, 2017 07:50:00 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.
Sun, May 21, 2017 12:14:00 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.
Sat, May 20, 2017 01:05:00 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.
Sat, May 13, 2017 11:15:00 PM

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