WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – Rookie starting pitcher Nathan Karns has filled in well in the two replacement starts he’s made for Ross Detwiler in the Nats’ rotation, but there’s something you should probably know about him.
In the interest of setting him apart from a former National with a similar name (Austin Kearns ’06-’09), here’s a little bit of information about the 25-year-old right-hander to make him more memorable (we’ll likely see again sooner rather than later).
This may make D.C. diehards uneasy, but Karns attended high school in Arlington, Tex., and went to college at Texas Tech University, so you can probably sense where this is going.
But much to the chagrin of Dallas fans from Prince George’s County, Karns is actually a Steelers fan, originally born in Franklin, Pennsylvania.
“If I would have said I was a Cowboys fan my dad would have been calling in yelling at me,” Karns said 0n 106.7 The Fan.
Through 9 innings of work, Karns has been serviceable with a 6.00 ERA, 9 strikeouts and only 3 walks.
“It took a couple days for it to actually set in,” Karns said. “I was sitting there warming up and just looking around and it’s kind of hard to believe that something you’ve for your whole life is finally there in front of you.”
Karns said the transition to Major League hitting has been a “learning curve.”
“It’s pretty different from Double-A compared to the bigs,” he said. “And you know, these hitters are good. I just got to go back to work every day and keep improving and pushing forward no matter what happens.”
Karns is scheduled to make his next start Friday, June 7 at home against the Twins.