Nate Karns

#55 SP / Kansas City Royals / EXP: 5YRS Height: 6-3 Weight: 225 lb Age: 30 College: Texas Tech Bats/Throws R/R

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    • Karns (forearm) said he hopes to resume playing catch in early November, the Associated Press reports. Karns, who underwent surgery in July to address thoracic outlet syndrome, has been progressing as anticipated thus far in his recovery, but the real test will come once he initiates a throwing program. The right-hander said he doesn't have any concerns about his availability for spring training, though the Royals could elect to limit his workload early on nonetheless. Prior to hitting the DL in July, Karns had enjoyed one of the best stretches of his career, turning in a 2.86 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 37:4 K:BB over his final five starts of 2017.

    • Karns -- who underwent season-ending arm surgery July 19 -- said he's feeling great. "I'm moving my arm around, no pain, no setbacks," the right-hander said. "Everything feels really, really good. I don't have any nerve-y symptoms coming out of surgery. We feel like we're in a great spot," Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star reports. Karns is in for a long rehab process, but he's expected to return for spring training in 2018. Before the injury, the 29-year-old looked poised to have a breakout campaign. Through nine games (eight starts), Karns owned career-best marks in K/9 (10.1) and BB/9 (2.58). Assuming the recovery process goes well, he should be right back in the thick of the Royals rotation in 2018.

    • Royals' Nathan Karns: Surgery went as expected
      By RotoWire Staff

      Karns (forearm) underwent a successful thoracic outlet syndrome surgery Wednesday, Jeffrey Flanagan of reports. Karns is set to return for spring training next season after deciding on season-ending surgery last week. The right-hander had been dealing with forearm soreness since mid-May, and will take the next eight months to rest, recover and rehab prior to the 2018 season.

    • Royals' Nathan Karns: Not throwing in towel on 2017
      By RotoWire Staff

      Karns (forearm) will see a specialist after the All-Star break with hopes of pitching again this season, The Associated Press reports. News released Friday strongly suggested Karns was headed for season-ending surgery, but it sounds like the right-hander isn't accepting that fate just yet. He's been on the disabled list since May with thoracic outlet syndrome, but Karns should have a final answer on how 2017 will play out after his upcoming meeting.

    • Karns (forearm) is likely to need surgery to treat thoracic outlet syndrome, a season-ending procedure, Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star reports Monday Karns threw off a mound Tuesday and the Royals were hopeful that he wouldn't be out much past the All-Star break. He has been experiencing tightness at the top of his forearm which has now been attributed to thoracic outlet syndrome. This injury has cost other pitchers full seasons -- fellow Royal hurler Luke Hochevar among them -- and so if Karns does indeed go through with the surgery as expected, he won't pitch again in 2017.

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