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50 Matt Purke RP
Height/Weight: 6-4/205 | Birthdate: 7/17/1990 | Birthplace: Nacogdoches, TX | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: Washington | College: None | MLB Experience: Rookie | Owned/Started%: 1/0 | Average Draft Position: 290.00
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Matt Purke to undergo Tommy John surgery Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/28/2014) Nationals pitching prospect Matt Purke will undergo Tommy John surgery Thursday, the team announced.

The procedure will be done by Dr. James Andrews. Purke made eight starts with Double-A Harrisburg this season, going 1-6 with an 8.04 ERA and 22:18 K:BB ratio in 31 1/3 innings. He'll be sidelined until at least the middle of the 2015 season while recovering.


Report: Matt Purke won't be seeing Dr. Andrews


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2014) Nationals pitching prospect Matt Purke is set to receive a second opinion on his injured elbow in the next few days, but MLB.com refuted reports that it would be with Dr. James Andrews Friday.

Citing an organization source, MLB.com reports that Dr. Andrews, the renowned arthroscopic surgeon, is not expected to see Purke. That said, it is not clear who Purke will be seeing after this weekend. The extent of the injury is not yet known.  


Matt Purke to get second opinion on injured elbow


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2014) Nationals starting pitcher prospect Matt Purke is expected to visit with Dr. James Andrews to get a second opinion on his injured left elbow, per MLB.com.

Report: Matt Purke dealing with elbow injury in minors


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2014) Nationals pitching prospect Matt Purke has struggled mightily at Double-A Harrisburg this season, and now we might have an explanation for that.

MASNSports.com reports Tuesday Purke has been placed on the minor-league disabled list due to an unspecified injury to his left elbow. At this point, specific details are not yet known, as the organization tries to figure out what the exact nature of the injury is.

Purke is 1-6 with an 8.04 ERA in eight starts for Harrisburg, while recording just 31 1/3 innings total. 


Nationals send six players to minors


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/13/2014) The Nationals optioned outfielder Michael Taylor and starting pitcher Matt Purke to Double-A Harrisburg Thursday. The Nationals also reassigned pitcher Clay Hensley, pitcher Josh Roenicke, pitcher Daniel Stange and pitcher Danny Rosenbaum to minor-league camp.

Nationals promote Matt Purke to high Class A


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/1/2013) Nationals pitcher Matt Purke has been promoted to high Class A Potomac, according to The Wasington Times.

Purke was a third-round pick in the 2011 draft. He missed time early in his professional career after shoulder surgery. The lefty was considered a strong prospect prior to the 2011 draft, but slipped due to arm concerns. Purke has a 2.48 ERA in six starts in the minors. 


Matt Purke returns to the mound


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/30/2013) Nationals pitching prospect Matt Purke made his season debut Wednesday for Class A Hagerstown. Purke, who is recovering from surgery on his left shoulder, allowed two runs on seven hits while striking out seven in four innings.

Matt Purke set for season debut


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2013) Nationals pitching prospect Matt Purke will make his first appearance of the season Wednesday for Class A Hagerstown, according to MASNSports.com.

Purke has been sidelined since last season due to offseason shoulder surgery. Purke has been pitching in extended spring training, and is expected to throw 40 to 50 pitches in the outing.

Purke has made three starts since being drafted in the third round out of TCU in 2011, posting a 5.87 ERA. He entered the season as the Nationals' No. 9 prospect by Baseball American. 


Matt Purke hoping for late May return


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/1/2013) Nationals pitching prospect Matt Purke is hoping to return to game action in the "second half of May," according to MASN.

Purke had shoulder surgery last March, and has only tossed three professional starts. The Nationals selected Purke with their third round pick in the 2011 draft.


Matt Purke might return to action in late May


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2013) Nationals starting pitcher prospect Matt Purke continues his rehab from August shoulder surgery, according to MASNsports.com. Purke could be pitching again in the minors by late May.

Purke is considered the Nationals' ninth-best prospect by MLB.com.


Purke recovering from surgery


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/25/2012) Though his labrum and rotator cuff are reportedly in "excellent" condition, Nationals pitching prospect Matt Purke had surgery back in August to relieve bursitis and remove scar tissue in his left shoulder, according to the Washington Times. He is expected to be ready for spring training. "It was a relief to me [to have the procedure]," he said. "Going in, I thought it was a lot worse than it was. This was best-case scenario. ... I feel really good, and I'm really excited to get back on a mound and start pitching again."