|2014 Season (CBSSports.com)||12.00||0.00||1.00||0.00||7.50||1.92||11.00||6.00|
|Games Played By Position|
|vs LHB|| 6.0||0||0|| 12.00||0||4||5|
|vs RHB|| 6.0||0||0|| 3.00||0||2||6|
|Last 10 Games|
|Rays trio to pitch Saturday with rotation spot on line |
|by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com|
(3/14/14) Rays rotation candidates Jake Odorizzi, Cesar Ramos and Erik Bedard will all pitch Saturday in outings that will help determine the fifth spot, per the Tampa Tribune. Joe Maddon said all three will receive one more assignment before a decision is made.
Nathan Karns is also in the running for the rotation spot. He and Odorizzi have had the strongest springs.
|Nathan Karns doing his best to win spot in Rays' rotation |
|by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com|
(3/12/14) Rays starting pitcher Nathan Karns might be considered a dark-horse candidate for the final spot in the team's rotation, but he continues to make the decision tough on the coaching staff after another strong outing Wednesday against the Blue Jays.
After holding Toronto to one hit in two scoreless innings in his previous appearance, Karns made his first start of the spring Wednesday, holding Toronto to three hits and one walk in 3 1/3 scoreless innings. He had one strikeout.
Karns has not allowed a run in 6 1/3 innings, while giving up just four hits and two walks. He has three strikeouts.
|Competition for final spot in Rays' rotation down to four pitchers |
|by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com|
(3/9/14) The competition for the final spot in the Rays' rotation is down to four candidates after Enny Romero and Alex Colome were optioned to the minors Saturday. Jake Odorizzi, Nathan Karns, Erik Bedard and Cesar Ramos are the four remaining options for the last spot in the team's rotation.
"You look at each one individually," manager Joe Maddon said, per MLB.com. "Let's say Odorizzi. Here's a guy vying for a job and he's out there working on a new pitch (changeup). It's a beautiful thing. And now he's made some progress with that.
"Karns had a little bit of a setback the other day [general soreness]. He came back and was throwing the ball well, kept the ball down. And Bedard had a nice outing his last time out. Bedard's velocity came up a little bit. Odorizzi's developing this other pitch. And Karns is just kind of interesting the way he throws the ball hard and down. That's what I've focused on with all three."
|Nathan Karns heading to Tampa |
|by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com|
(2/13/14) Nationals pitcher Nathan Karns has been told he's headed to Tampa Bay, according to The Washington Post.
Karns was rumored to be involved in a deal for catcher Jose Lobaton, so that could be the potential deal. There's no word at this time what the Rays would send to the Nationals. The 26-year-old Karns pitched 12 innings in the majors last season. He posted a 7.50 ERA.
|Nathan Karns made the unexpected jump from Double-A to the majors last season when Washington needed some rotation help at the end of the May. Unfortunately for Karns, who entered last season as one of the Nationals' top pitching prospects, he did not have a strong MLB debut. He never made it out of the fifth inning in any of his three starts before being demoted back to the minors. Karns went 0-1 with a 7.50 ERA and 1.92 WHIP. The good news is that Karns wasn't shaken by struggles, as he posted a 2.57 ERA following his demotion back to Double-A. Karns would go 10-6 with a 3.26 ERA and 1.18 WHIP in 23 starts for Harrisburg last season. Karns attacks hitters with a power sinker and hammer curveball. However, he's still learning to throw his curveball for strikes and is working on developing his changeup. Fantasy owners will want Karns to succeed as a starter since he is a great strikeout pitcher (10.7 K/9), but he might end up as a reliever if he can't harness his command and develop a third pitch. Karns, who was traded to Rays in February, could be back in the majors in 2014, but he's more of a long-term Fantasy keeper on Draft Day.
(Updated 1/10/14) |
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