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Matt Purke | Starting Pitcher

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (25) / 7/17/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 214
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
Contract: view contract details

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Nationals reassigned LHP Matt Purke to minor league camp.
Purke, a third-round pick of the Nationals in 2011, had Tommy John surgery last May and will likely be sidelined until around midseason. The 24-year-old is no longer on the Nationals' 40-man roster. He owns a 5.00 ERA over 29 starts in pro ball. Mar 10 - 4:02 PM

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Matt Purke (elbow) is hoping to throw off a mound within the next couple weeks.

Purke is currently limited to long-tossing as he works his way back from Tommy John surgery. The injury-prone left-hander will be out until around midseason and is no longer on the Nats' 40-man roster.
Mar 2 - 8:01 PM

Nationals re-signed LHP Matt Purke to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Purke was released by the Nationals late last week but didn't spend long on the open market. The former third-round pick has been bothered by arm issues for much of his professional career. He will try to get back on track this season in the Nats' system.
Mon, Nov 17, 2014 03:55:00 PM

Nationals released LHP Matt Purke.

Purke was a premium talent but a medical red flag when the Nats took him in the third round of the 2011 draft. His injury issues have carried over into pro ball, as he had a shoulder operation shortly after being drafted and is currently working his way back from Tommy John surgery. Purke's stuff hasn't been the same since the shoulder procedure, but he's just 24 so someone will give the rehabbing southpaw a shot.
Fri, Nov 14, 2014 09:04:00 AM

Nationals activated LHP Matt Purke from the 60-day disabled list.

Purke had Tommy John surgery in late May and will be sidelined until around midseason next year. He's yet to throw a pitch at the major league level.
Fri, Oct 31, 2014 02:21:00 PM

Nationals recalled LHP Matt Purke from Double-A Harrisburg; placed him on the 60-day disabled list with a left elbow injury.

The move clears a spot on the Nationals' 40-man roster. Purke had Tommy John surgery in late May and will be sidelined until around midseason next year.
Fri, Jul 25, 2014 12:22:00 PM

Matt Purke is scheduled to undergo Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery on Thursday.

That was the recommendation after a visit this week with Dr. James Andrews, who will perform the elbow surgery on Thursday. Purke, 23, was a third-round pick of the Nationals in the 2011 MLB Amateur Draft.
Wed, May 28, 2014 05:36:00 PM

Nationals prospect left-hander Matt Purke will visit Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion on his throwing elbow.

The exact nature of the injury isn't yet known. Purke, 23, has been dogged by injuries dating back to college and owns an ugly 8.04 ERA through eight starts this season in Double-A.
Thu, May 22, 2014 05:21:00 PM

Nationals right-handed pitching prospect Matt Purke threw six shutout innings for Double-A Harrisburg on Wednesday, allowing two singles and two walks while striking out three batters.

Purke was hit pretty hard in his first five starts of the season, so it is good to see his having a good outing. It would be unlikely to see Purke make a contribution to the major league team before 2015, but he could see some time in Washington as a September call-up if he keeps pitching well.
Thu, May 8, 2014 09:20:00 AM

Nationals prospect LHP Matt Purke was knocked around in his Double-A debut on Sunday, allowing seven runs on nine hits and a walk in three innings.

Purke, 23, was moved up to Double-A Harrisburg despite a dismal showing during the spring in major league camp. Last year, the left-hander posted a 3.80 ERA and 82/25 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 90 innings between both Class-A levels. Considering he's signed to a major league contract through the 2014 season, this will likely be Purke's final year to contribute in the major leagues before hitting free agency.
Mon, Apr 7, 2014 12:25:00 PM

Matt Purke has been promoted to High-A Potomac.

The 22-year-old lefty posted a 2.48 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 41/7 K/BB ratio over 29 innings this season at Low-A Hagerstown. Purke was a third-round pick in 2011 and should rise quickly through the Nats' farm system now that he is healed from August 2012 shoulder surgery.
Mon, Jul 1, 2013 02:30:00 PM

Nationals prospect left-hander Matt Purke has been activated from the disabled list with Class A Hagerstown.

Purke had shoulder surgery last August and has yet to pitch in the minors this year. A third-round pick in 2011, the 22-year-old left-hander had a 5.87 ERA in three starts with Hagerstown prior to the surgery last year. He has shown serious potential in the past, so the Nats are hopeful that he still has some upside left.
Tue, May 28, 2013 02:28:00 PM

Nationals optioned LHP Matt Purke to Low-A Hagerstown.

Purke is still recovering from August shoulder surgery and will continue his rehab over in minor league camp. A third-round pick in 2011, he is currently throwing two bullpen sessions per week at about 50 percent velocity.
Tue, Mar 5, 2013 04:17:00 PM

Nationals prospect left-hander Matthew Purke had shoulder surgery in August.

Purke had surgery to relieve bursitis and clean out scar tissue. While he slipped in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft due to concerns over his shoulder, he was assured that his labrum and rotator cuff are in "excellent" condition. The 22-year-old left-hander is expected to be fully healthy for spring training. Purke pitched in just three games with Low-A Hagerstown this season, posting a 5.87 ERA and 14/12 K/BB ratio over 15 1/3 innings.
Wed, Oct 24, 2012 03:12:00 PM

Nationals prospect Matt Purke is on the minor league disabled list due to shoulder tendinitis.

A recent visit with Dr. Lewis Yocum ruled out structural damage, but there is no timetable for Purke's return. The 21-year-old lefty had a number of health issues coming out of college and has carried them into his pro career.
Mon, Jun 18, 2012 02:02:00 PM

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