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51 Nathan Karns SP
Height/Weight: 6-5/225 | Birthdate: 11/25/1987 | Birthplace: Franklin, PA | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Tampa Bay | College: None | MLB Experience: 2 | Owned/Started%: 5/3 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Rays P Nate Karns has rough outing on Saturday


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) After being told on Friday that he would be the No. 3 starter in the pitching rotation for the Rays, pitcher Nathan Karns was roughed up on Saturday, per MLB.com.

"My command was a little bit off," Karns said. "I fell behind a lot and these guys took advantage of that when I was really trying to make pitches. They were able to have the count in their favor."

Karns gave up six runnings in only four innings pitched against the Red Sox. The 26-year-old has only pitched in 12 innings the last two seasons with the Rays and Nationals, posting a career ERA of 6.00 with 24 strikeouts and 10 walks.


Rays' Cash still mulling rotation order for Odorizzi, Karns


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2015) Rays manager Kevin Cash said Friday he still hasn't decided on which order Jake Odorizzi and Nathan Karns will pitch in the season-opening series against the Orioles (April 6-8).

Chris Archer has been tabbed to start Opening Day in place of Alex Cobb (forearm), but Cash is mulling the starters for the next two games because he is still looking at matchups in the next few series after Baltimore.


Rays keep Nathan Karns busy on off day vs. Class A hitters


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2015) The Rays were off on Tuesday, but pitcher Nathan Karns was kept busy in a Class A minor-league game, according to the Tampa Bay Times. He logged two innings of work and tossed 29 pitches.

"I knew they were going to be swinging early and often so it kind of allowed me to play with some of the pitches that I need to work on, knowing they're aggressive and making sure (the pitches) are effective,'' Karns said.

Manager Kevin Cash was impressed with his curveball.

"He threw some good curveballs,'' Cash said. "He looked like he had really good velo going today.''


Rays' Jake McGee, Nathan Karns to get work in Tuesday


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2015) Rays pitcher Jake McGee will throw a bullpen session and pitcher Nathan Karns will go two innings in a minor-league game on Tuesday, according to the Tampa Bay Tribune

McGee had elbow surgery last December and threw off a mound for the first time since the procedure last Tuesday. A year ago, McGee posted a 5-2 record, 19 saves and a 1.89 ERA. 

Karns is set to throw 15 pitches per inning in the minor-league game. 


Rays lining up rotation with Archer, Odorizzi and Karns to pitch Saturday


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(3/22/2015) Rays manager Kevin Cash announced that starters Chris Archer, Jake Odorizzi and Nathan Karns all will pitch in the team's game Saturday, a sign that they are lining up their starting rotation for Opening Day, per MLB.com.

The team's Nos. 1 and 3 starters - Alex Cobb and Drew Smyly - will start the season on the disabled list, leaving Archer as the potential Opening Day starter. 

"Everything goes into lining up the rotation now," Cash said. "We're all trying to accommodate them as much as possible, because a lot of moving parts and stuff like that. I don't think anything is set in stone."


Rays send rotation hopeful Burch Smith down to the minors


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/20/2015) The Rays optioned Burch Smith down to the minors after his Grapefruit League outing on Friday against the Blue Jays, according to Tampa Tribune.

Smith, who was viewed as an outside candidate for a rotation spot, was hit hard for six runs on six hits and three walks while striking out three over 3 2/3 innings of work. The competition will be down to Nathan Karns, Matt Andriese, Mike Montgomery and Everett Teaford, according to the Tampa Bay Times.


Rays down to five candidates for three open rotation spots


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/20/2015) With pitcher Enny Romero getting optioned to the minors, there remains five candidates for three spots in the Rays' rotation, per MLB.com. They are Matt AndrieseNathan Karns, Everett TeafordBurch Smith and Mike Montgomery.

Montgomery is the only left-handed pitcher in the group, but manager Kevin Cash said that doesn't mean he has an advantage over the other pitchers.

"I don't think that's a priority," Cash said. "I think we're going to try and find what will be the best matchup for us. You factor in a lot of things, and if you look at our first couple of games, it's not like there's a pressing need for a left-handed pitcher in there.

"We're still working on the rotation and how everything will unfold."


Rays P Nathan Karns goes over four innings in win over Twins


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/19/2015) Rays pitcher Nathan Karns gave up two earned runs and struck out four batters in Thursday's 4-2 win over the Twins. 

In 4 1/3 innings of work, Karns allowed six hits and walked one. Karns got into some trouble in the second inning, giving up back-to-back singles to Oswaldo Arcia and Jose Martinez. Chris Herrmann then hit a double to score both baserunners. 

Karns now holds a 2.03 spring training ERA. 


Rays shut down Alex Cobb (forearm) for approximately seven days


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/18/2015) Rays general manager Matthew Silverman confirmed that Alex Cobb will be shut down for approximately a week because of tendinitis in his right forearm, and is no longer the starter for Tampa Bay on Opening Day, per the Tampa Bay Times.

Cobb left Tuesday's Grapefruit League game with the injury after tossing three perfect innings. He will be evaluated again after at least seven days of rest, and is not expected back in games until April at the earliest per the Tampa Tribune.

Silverman would not reveal his Opening Day plans, citing that he's more focused on putting a staff together, internally and externally. Manager Kevin Cash told reporters that there's a lot of moving pieces in the rotation, but he likes what he's seen out of Nathan Karns, Burch Smith and Matt Andriese this spring, per the Tribune.


Rays pitcher Nathan Karns throws four perfect innings Saturday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/14/2015) Rays pitcher Nathan Karns threw four shutout innings in Saturday's game against the Orioles. Karns, who is battling for the fifth spot in Tampa Bay's rotation, struck out two and didn't surrender a hit in the outing.

He has only allowed two runs in his first three starts of spring training.

"It was great to be out there, finally working with [Rene] Rivera," said Karns, who has now allowed three hits and one earned run in nine Grapefruit League innings. "I felt like he did a great job managing the game … [giving me] easy reminders behind the dish to keep me locked in."


Rays SP Nathan Karns has 1.80 ERA through two spring outings


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/9/2015) Rays starting pitcher Nathan Karns made his second spring appearance Monday against the Yankees.

Karns, who is competing for the fifth spot in the rotation, allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits and one walk in three innings. He had two strikeouts. 

He has a 1.80 ERA through two outings.


Rays formulate contingency plan in case Smyly not ready by opener


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/9/2015) While the Rays are not overly concerned about Drew Smyly's left shoulder tendinitis, the team is formulating a contingency plan in the event he is not ready by the start of the season, per The Tampa Tribune.

Nathan Karns, Matt Andriese, Burch Smith and Alex Colome -- who are all competing for the final spot in the team's rotation -- could be stopgap options in case Smyly begins the year on the disabled list. 

Manager Kevin Cash added Everett Teaford  and Enny Romero, who appear to be two pitchers headed for Triple-A, could also be options, if they pitch well this spring.


Rays' Karns focused on throwing changeup in spring debut


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/5/2015) Rays starting pitcher Nathan Karns still has a long ways to go in potentially securing the final spot in the team's rotation. However, he made a strong first impression during his spring debut Thursday against the Orioles.

Karns tossed two scoreless innings, allowing one hit and one run. He led off the game with a strikeout of Alejandro De Aza.

"I mixed it up -- fastball, curveball, changeup," Karns said, per MLB.com. "There were a lot of lefties out there, so I really tried to work that changeup in there."


Rays have high hopes for starting pitcher Nathan Karns


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/27/2015) Rays starting pitcher Nathan Karns is in camp again this year competing for the last spot in the team's rotation. His top competition is Alex Colome, who is out of options unlike Karns. 

Even if Karns has to begin the season in the minors, the Rays still have high hopes for the 27-year-old right-hander.

"Karns has big stuff," Rays minor-league director Mitch Lukevics said, per MLB.com. "I watched him a lot last season in Durham. Big stuff, big tools. He's improving his command. And when he gets that command and learns how to pitch a little more, the sky's the limit for him."


Nathan Karns dominates Blue Jays in season debut


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/12/2014) Rays pitcher Nathan Karns dominated the Blue Jays in his first start of the season on Friday, limiting hitters to two hits and two walks while striking out eight over seven scoreless innings of a 1-0 victory.

Karns will make his next start Wednesday at home against the Yankees.

Nathan Karns tabbed to start Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/9/2014) Rays pitcher Nathan Karns has been named the starter for Friday's game against the Blue Jays.

The team decided to shut Drew Smyly down for the season Tuesday, opening up a spot in the rotation. Karns, who hasn't pitched in the majors this season, owns a 5.08 ERA and 153:62 K:BB ratio in 145 1/3 innings with Triple-A Durham.


Rays considering SP options for Friday's doubleheader


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/24/2014) Rays manager Joe Maddon said starting pitcher Jeremy Hellickson (elbow) is not a candidate to start in Friday's doubleheader against the Orioles. Jake Odorizzi will start one game in the doubleheader, and Maddon added Nathan Karns and Alex Colome are the candidates to start the other game.

Rays option Nathan Karns


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5/4/2014) The Rays optioned pitcher Nathan Karns to Triple-A Durham, reports the Tampa Tribune. He had been called up before Sunday's game.

Nathan Karns gets the call


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/4/2014) The Rays have called up pitcher Nathan Karns Sunday.

The team's bullpen have been overworked lately, and Karns will get a chance to provide some stability. The club designated Heath Bell for assignment to make room for Karns. In six starts at Triple-A, Karns has an 8.20 ERA.


Rays trio to pitch Saturday with rotation spot on line


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/14/2014) 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.


Rays send seven down to minors


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/13/2014) The Rays announced several roster moves on Thursday.

The team optioned pitchers Nathan Karns, Kirby Yates, C.J. Riefenhauser and Jeff Beliveau, infielders Vince Belnome and Hak-Ju Lee, and outfielder Kevin Kiermaier to minor-league camp. The team also re-assigned outfielder Mikie Mahtook to minor-league camp.

Nathan Karns doing his best to win spot in Rays' rotation


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/12/2014) 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
(3/9/2014) 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
(2/13/2014) 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.


Nationals ship out Nathan Karns


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/12/2013) The Nationals are set to option Nathan Karns to Double-A Harrisburg Wednesday, in order to make room on the active roster for Ross Ohlendorf, who is Wednesday's starter.

Karns posted a 7.50 ERA and 1.92 WHIP in three starts, with six walks and 11 strikeouts in 12 innings. 

Manager Davey Johnson told The Washington Times that he likes Karns' stuff, but wants him to work on his command while back in the minors.