Royals tab Karns as 5th starter to begin season

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Rick Scuteri / Reuters

The Kansas City Royals may not have made a decision yet about who will start on Opening Day when the team visits the Minnesota Twins, but one thing is certain in the mind of manager Ned Yost.

Nathan Karns will fill the fifth spot in the starting rotation, according to the manager, reports Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star.

Yost told Dodd the Royals "like Karns' power stuff and value versatility of Travis Wood and Chris Young in the bullpen."

Karns was acquired from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for Jarrod Dyson this past January.

The 29-year-old has made four spring appearances so far, tallying a 7.36 ERA with 14 strikeouts in 11 innings.

In 2016, Karns was 6-2 with a 5.15 ERA across 22 appearances - 15 starts - in 94 1/3 innings for the Mariners a season ago.

Over the course of his four-year career, Karns is 14-9 with a 4.41 ERA and 1.36 WHIP during 265 1/3 innings of work.