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Nate Karns | Starting Pitcher

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Age / DOB:  (26) / 11/25/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 229
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Rays prospect RHP Nate Karns was hammered for six runs on eight hits in 4.2 innings on Tuesday in his start for Triple-A Durham.
The 25-year-old walked three and struck out nine in the outing. Karns made three uneventful starts for the Nationals last season (7.50 ERA, 11/6 K/BB in 12 innings), and was dealt to the Rays during the offseason in the Jose Lobaton trade. The right-hander was far more successful last season at Double-A Harrisburg, where he posted a 3.26 ERA and 155/48 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 132 2/3 innings. As long as things come together for Karns, he should see considerable time with the Rays in the major leagues this season, possibly as a swingman. Apr 9 - 1:35 PM

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Rays optioned RHPs Nate Karns, Kirby Yates, LHPs C.J. Riefenhauser and Jeff Beliveau, INFs Vince Belnome and Hak-Ju Lee, OFs Kevin Kiermaier to minor league camp; reassigned OF Mikie Mahtook to minor league camp.

No big surprises in this first round of cuts. Acquired from the Nationals last month, Karns tossed 6 1/3 scoreless innings this spring, but Erik Bedard and Jake Odorizzi are the likely favorites to fill Jeremy Hellickson's spot in the rotation. Lee was limited to 15 games last season due to a knee injury and should make his major league debut at some point this year.
Mar 13 - 4:21 PM

Nathan Karns pitched 3 1/3 innings of shutout ball as the Rays edged the Blue Jays 5-4 on Wednesday.

Karns, picked up from the Nationals for Jose Lobaton and others last month, has pitched 6 1/3 scoreless innings this spring. He's probably not far away from being a decent fifth starter in the majors, but since he's behind a couple of guys on the Rays depth chart, he's probably not going to be on the Opening Day roster.
Mar 12 - 4:26 PM

Rays acquired RHP Nate Karns from the Nationals for C Jose Lobaton, LHP Felipe Rivero, and OF Drew Vettleson.

This swap has been in the works for a month. Karns is already 26 years old, but the late-blooming right-hander posted a promising 3.26 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 155/48 K/BB ratio in 132 2/3 innings last season at Double-A Harrisburg. He'll likely open the 2014 campaign with the Rays' Triple-A affiliate in Durham, North Carolina.
Feb 13 - 9:57 AM

Nationals optioned RHP Nate Karns to Double-A Harrisburg.

Karns posted a 7.50 ERA and 1.92 WHIP over three starts with the big club, and he's no longer needed with Ross Detwiler returning. He has a bright future, but the 25-year-old didn't appear to be ready yet.
Wed, Jun 12, 2013 12:02:00 AM

Nate Karns lasted just 4 2/3 innings while giving up four runs -- three earned -- in a loss Sunday to the Braves.

Karns struck out six, but he gave up seven hits and walked one. His line would have looked a lot better had Zach Duke not allowed one of his inherited runs to score in the fifth inning. The 25-year-old has impressive stuff, but the Nationals have limited his exposure in his first two major league games. His next start is scheduled for this weekend against the Twins.
Sun, Jun 2, 2013 05:09:00 PM

Nate Karns will get another start on Sunday in Atlanta.

Karns allowed three runs over 4 1/3 innings in his major league debut Tuesday. Ross Detwiler (oblique) still isn't ready to return from the disabled list, so Karns will get another start. He could be worth a look as an NL-only option against the Braves.
Tue, May 28, 2013 11:43:00 PM

Nate Karns allowed three runs in 4 1/3 innings against the Orioles on Tuesday.

It was Karns' major league debut, and the Nationals already had plans to ship the right-hander back to Double-A Harrisburg after the outing. He allowed home runs to Chris Davis and J.J. Hardy in the fourth inning and didn't factor in the decision. Karns has a future in the majors, but that future will be on hold for a while longer after Tuesday.
Tue, May 28, 2013 11:24:00 PM

Nationals recalled RHP Nate Karns from Double-A Harrisburg.

Karns will fill in for Ross Detwiler (oblique) and make his major league debut Tuesday night against the Orioles. The 25-year-old has a 4.60 ERA and 55/18 K/BB ratio in 45 innings over nine starts in Double-A this year. Karns isn't guaranteed to make more than one start, but is worth a flier in NL-only and deeper mixed leagues.
Tue, May 28, 2013 03:31:00 PM

The Nationals will call up right-hander Nate Karns to start Tuesday against the Orioles.

The Nationals don't see Zach Duke as an option with Ross Detwiler on the disabled list, so Karns will get the call. Injuries have stalled his progress, but the 25-year-old owns a fine 2.70 ERA and 10.9 K/9 over parts of three seasons in the minors. He could be worth a short-term play in NL-only leagues.
Mon, May 27, 2013 04:30:00 PM

Nate Karns allowed three runs on seven hits over six innings and had six strikeouts in his start Friday at Double-A Harrisburg.

Karns didn't make it out of the first inning in his previous outing, so it was a much needed return to form. If Ross Detwiler is placed on the disabled list, the 25-year-old Karns could become an option for the Nationals. He currently owns a 4.38 ERA and 46 strikeouts over 39 innings (eight starts) at the Double-A level.
Sun, May 19, 2013 08:32:00 PM

Nationals optioned RHP Nathan Karns to Double-A Harrisburg.

Karns struggled this spring and then suffered a leg injury recently. The 25-year-old remains one of the club's best pitching prospects.
Fri, Mar 15, 2013 09:13:00 AM

Nationals prospect right-hander Nathan Karns (leg) has been cleared to throw a bullpen session.

Karns recently dealt with a leg issue and was sent for an X-ray and an MRI, but the Nationals didn't see anything to be concerned about. The 25-year-old had a 2.17 ERA and 148/47 K/BB ratio over 116 innings last season between Class A Hagerstown and High-A Potomac and was ranked as the organization's No. 5 prospect by Baseball America over the winter.
Wed, Mar 13, 2013 10:16:00 AM

Nathan Karns will undergo an X-ray and an MRI on his right leg.

The Nationals aren't sure what's wrong with him, so they're doing a couple different tests in hopes of finding out. Karns was tagged for seven runs -- one earned -- over 2/3 of an inning Friday against the Cardinals.
Mon, Mar 11, 2013 10:11:00 AM

Nationals manager Davey Johnson said Friday that prospect right-hander Nathan Karns is dealing with a right leg issue.

Johnson said he is "concerned" about it, so it might not be a day-to-day injury. Karns was tagged for seven runs (one earned) on four hits -- including a grand slam -- and two walks over two-thirds of an inning Friday against the Cardinals.
Fri, Mar 8, 2013 04:55:00 PM

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