Back on the mound in a Major League ballpark for the first time in nearly two years, Nate Karns looked around to see the bases full, Yankee Stadium clogged with 42,203 fans clamoring for that to change. This was Saturday afternoon, more than 22 months since Karns last pitched in a big league game, an array of arm injuries separating the right-hander from that last appearance.
“I was kind of like, ‘What did I get myself into?'” Karns said. “That’s not the way I drew it up in my head.”
That Karns was able to look back on the situation lightheartedly speaks to how he was able to escape the jam, and the perseverance that put him there in the first place. By inducing a inning-ending double play from Miguel Andujar, Karns completed the first of two scoreless innings to begin the Orioles’ 5-3 win over the Yankees. Their first win of the season also marked his first big league action since May 2017.
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