Rays shut down Nate Karns with forearm strain

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That’ll be a wrap on Nate Karns‘ impressive 2015 season.

Per beat writer Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune, the Rays have officially shut down the 27-year-old right-hander with a mild forearm strain. Karns doesn’t think the injury will require surgery and he was able to throw a simulated game Tuesday without issue. This is just a case of the Rays playing it safe.

Karns registered a 3.67 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, and 145/56 K/BB ratio across 147 innings this season.

Tampa Bay has a crowded and talented starting pitching depth chart, but he should have a rotation spot all locked up for 2016.