Royals pitcher Nate Karns to have rib removed, will miss remainder of the season

Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Nate Karns throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Saturday, May 13, 2017, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Royals pitcher Nate Karns will undergo surgery next week to remove a rib that’s causing nerve pain in his forearm. He will miss the remainder of the season, though he expects to be ready by the time spring training rolls around.

Karns was acquired from the Mariners in the offseason and was off to a promising start in Kansas City when his forearm started hurting. The right-hander was placed on the disabled list May 24 while the Royals began trying to determine the source of his nerve discomfort.

After other therapies failed to ease the pain, Karns consulted a specialist in thoracic outlet syndrome, which is caused by muscles attached to the uppermost rib causing a compression of nerves.

The surgery Wednesday in Dallas will remove one of his ribs, alleviating some of that pressure.

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