The Rays gave Nathan Karns his first chance to be a regular part of a major league rotation, and his performance justified the team's decision. Karns went 7-5 with a 3.67 ERA and 145 strikeouts in 147 innings. Karns may not get an opportunity to match his meager innings total from 2015, as his offseason trade to the Mariners has placed him in a crowded rotation situation. He will probably begin this season either in the bullpen or the minors. That limits Karns' appeal to AL-only leagues, though if he gets to start, he should become a popular waiver target in mixed leagues.
Karns (forearm) was dealt to the Mariners as part of a six-player trade, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports. Karns, along with C.J Riefenhauser and Boog Powell, has been sent to Seattle in exchange for Danny Farquhar, Brad Miller, and Logan Morrison. In 27 starts in 2015, Karns notched a 3.67 ERA to go with 145 strikeouts and 56 walks. He lost his spot in the rotation late in the season before being shut down with a mild forearm strain. Karns had trouble keeping the ball in the yard in 2015, giving up 19 home runs, so a move to spacious Safeco Field could help deflate those HR/9 numbers.
Rays pitcher Nathan Karns (forearm) has been shut down for the remainder of the season, Roger Mooney of The Tampa Tribune reports. He made just one relief appearance for the Rays after being bumped from the rotation earlier this month, pitching three innings against Detroit back on Sept. 8. This is the first word of an injury - he's reportedly dealing with a mild forearm strain - but it's at least possible it played a part in Karns' minimal usage over the past several weeks. It remains to be seen whether Karns will be able to go through his normal offseason routine.
The Rays have dispatched young starter Nathan Karns to the bullpen, according to the Tampa Bay Times. The team is trying to limit his innings, which is up to 144 this season. Karns has not performed as well of late, posting a 4.97 ERA in August. He has four consecutive no-decisions and has allowed 14 earned runs in his last 23 2/3 innings. He is 7-5 with a respectable 3.69 ERA on the year.
One more inning and perhaps Rays starter Nathan Karns would have celebrated his eighth win Sunday. As it was, he could at least celebrate keeping his team in the game long enough for his team to win. Karns, whose pitch count has been limited a bit, tossed 91 in five innings and allowed two runs on six hits. He walked one and fanned five. The right-hander struggled only in the third, when four singles, including RBI hits by Ben Zobrist and Matt Cain, tuned a 1-0 lead into a 2-1 deficit. He yielded only one hit the rest of the way. Due greatly to an inability to go deep into games, Karns has just one quality start over the last six outings.
Rays starter Nathan Karns did not have a good night on the mound on Tuesday. The right-hander allowed five runs on four hits over three innings, as the Rays fell to the Twins 11-7. Karns walked four and struck out three on the night, and he did not factor in the final decision. Karns gave up three runs in the first inning, thanks to a three-run bomb by young Miguel Sano. After the Rays scored a pair of runs in the second, Karns gave up a two-run single to Torii Hunter in the third inning, putting himself in a deeper hole. The Rays rallied to tie the game, but weren't able to overcome another rally by the Twins. This was the first time Karns gave up more than four runs in a start since July 9. He is 1-0 with a 5.25 ERA over his last five starts.