According to a Monday afternoon report from Rustin Dodd of the Kansas City Star, Kansas City Royals’ manager Ned Yost has found his fifth starter for the 2017 regular season. With the starting rotation for the Royals now officially complete, Yost will turn to right-handed pitcher Nathan Karns to round of his staff.
Nathan Karns will be the Royals' fifth starter.
— Rustin Dodd (@rustindodd) March 20, 2017
The aforementioned Dodd made a point to note that Yost likes Karns’ “power stuff in the rotation.” However, as a result of the decision from Yost, both right-hander Chris Young and left-hander Travis Wood will be coming out of the bullpen for the Royals.
While all three hurlers have the ability to start, it appears that the versatility of both Young and Wood can be utilized best in relief roles.
The 29-year-old Karns will now be suiting up for his third big league club in as many seasons while the Royals will be serving as his fourth major league home overall. After originally breaking into the big leagues back in 2013 as a member of the Washington Nationals, he has since made stops with both the Tampa Bay Rays and Seattle Mariners.
Spending both 2014 and 2015 in Tampa Bay, the veteran right-hander then lasted just one season in Seattle. Over the course of 22 appearances, 15 starts and 94.1 innings of work as a member of the Mariners, Karns produced a 5.15 ERA and 6-2 record. He also managed one save and 101 strikeouts against 45 walks in 2016.
For his big league career, Karns has posted a 4.41 ERA across 54 regular season appearances, 46 starts and a total of 265.1 innings of work in all.