Nate Karns has won the fifth and final spot in the Royals’ starting rotation, Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star reports. He was battling with Travis Wood and Chris Young for the honor. Manager Ned Yost says he likes Karns’ power and the versatility of having Wood and Young in the bullpen, Dodd adds.
The Royals acquired Karns from the Mariners two months ago in exchange for outfielder Jarrod Dyson. Karns, 29, became a major league regular in 2015 when he finished with a 3.67 ERA in 147 innings. The past season didn’t go so well as he put up a 5.15 ERA with a 101/45 K/BB ratio in 94 1/3 innings, missing most of the second half with a back injury.
Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner left Monday’s Cactus League game against the Athletics after he was hit by a pitch. He went for X-rays, revealing that he suffered a broken wrist, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports. Shaikin adds that Turner is unlikely to return before May, noting that Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman missed six weeks with a similar injury last year and Astros outfielder George Springer missed nine weeks in 2015.
Needless to say, this is a huge loss for the Dodgers. Last year, Turner hit .322/.415/.530 with 21 home runs and 71 RBI in 543 plate appearances, helping the Dodgers reach the World Series. He made the All-Star team for the first time in his career and finished eighth in NL MVP balloting.
Thankfully, the Dodgers have some versatile players on the roster. Logan Forsythe could move from second base to third, giving Chase Utley more playing time at second. Enrique Hernandez could man the hot corner as well. Chris Taylor has played some third base, or he could shift to second base in Forsythe’s stead. The club should shed some light on how it plans to move forward following Turner’s injury.