Seattle Mariners right-hander Nathan Karns has been moved from the starting rotation to the bullpen. Seattle manager Scott Servais made the decision Tuesday.
Karns, who graduated from Arlington Martin High School in 2006, has been almost exclusively a starter since he was drafted in the 12th round by the Washington Nationals out of Texas Tech in 2009. He made six relief appearances in Class A in 2012 and one relief appearance for the Tampa Bay Rays in September 2015.
7.33 Arlington Martin ex and Mariners’ right-hander Nathan Karns’ ERA in five June starts.
“It’s new to me. But it’s still the same game,” Karns told the Seattle Times. “I have to go out there and make my pitches and try to get a zero on the board.”
Karns did that Wednesday in his first relief appearance for the Mariners. He struck out six while allowing a hit and a walk in two scoreless innings.
I’m not going to whine and make excuses about it. I’m going to take it and run with it and do the best I can with it.
Wade LeBlanc took Karns’ fifth starter spot. Karns struggled in five June starts with a 7.33 ERA. Since holding the Padres to two runs in 6 2/3 on May 30, Karns failed to get past five innings in his next five starts.
“I can’t be disappointed. I put myself in that situation. I’ve always been told: ‘If you don’t like it, play better.’ That’s kind of where I’m at right now,” Karns said. “I would prefer to go back to being a starter, but at the same time, I have an opportunity here, and I’m not going to whine and make excuses about it. I’m going to take it and run with it and do the best I can with it.”
▪ Red Sox infielder/outfielder Brock Holt (Stephenville) was activated from the disabled list Friday and started in left field against the Angels. Holt had been on the DL with a concussion since May 20. He had two doubles, an RBI and scored two runs Friday.
▪ Left-hander Tyler Alexander (Southlake Carroll, TCU) continues to excel for High A Lakeland (Tigers). He’s allowed no more than one run in 10 of his past 11 starts. In his last start Wednesday, he allowed one run on one hit (a homer) with one walk and seven strikeouts over six innings. He has a 1.97 ERA and 1.04 WHIP in 77 2/3 innings this season.
▪ Right-hander Preston Morrison (TCU) hasn’t allowed an earned run in his past three starts, including 7 1/3 innings Thursday for Class A South Bend (Cubs). Morrison is 8-3 with a 2.68 ERA in 74 innings.
▪ First baseman Kevin Cron (TCU) hit a grand slam in the first inning Wednesday for Double A Mobile (Diamondbacks). Cron has 11 homers, 42 RBI and is hitting .215.
▪ Before allowing an earned run Thursday, Class A Clinton (Mariners) right-hander Matt Walker (Aledo, Weatherford College) had made seven consecutive scoreless relief appearances (10 2/3 innings).