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Matt Purke | Relief Pitcher | #71

Team: Chicago White Sox
Age / DOB:  (27) / 7/17/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 215
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: TCU
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 3 (0) / WAS
Contract: view contract details

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White Sox reassigned LHP Matt Purke to Triple-A Charlotte.
Purke struggled during his first stint in the majors in 2016 and was removed from Chicago's 40-man roster back in December. The 26-year-old will function as bullpen depth in Triple-A. Mar 28 - 11:00 AM

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White Sox sent LHP Matt Purke outright to Triple-A Charlotte.

Purke was designated for assignment after the White Sox signed Derek Holland last week. The 26-year-old was once an interesting prospect, but he's had all sorts of injury issues and struggled in his first stint in the majors in 2016.
Wed, Dec 21, 2016 02:02:00 PM

White Sox designated LHP Matt Purke for assignment.

The move clears a spot for the newly-signed Derek Holland on the 40-man roster. Purke, 26, posted a 5.50 ERA in 12 appearances with the White Sox this past season and had a 3.52 ERA and 38/23 K/BB ratio over 38 1/3 innings in Triple-A.
Wed, Dec 14, 2016 03:00:00 PM

White Sox optioned LHP Matt Purke to Triple-A Charlotte.

Purke has appeared in 12 games this season, most recently during Wednesday's win over the Twins. He allowed a pair of runs in that one and did not record an out. Through 18 major league innings in 2016, he holds a 5.50 ERA with a dreadful 15/12 K/BB ratio. The 25-year-old southpaw could return to the White Sox bullpen later in the season depending on when they need an additional arm, but his early results fail to instill much confidence.
Wed, Jun 29, 2016 11:36:00 PM

White Sox purchased the contract of LHP Matt Purke from Triple-A Charlotte.

A former top-100 prospect, Purke dealt with injuries and eventually flamed out in the Nationals' minor league system, but he's now made it up to the majors. Still just 25, Purke holds a 2.30 ERA and 14/8 K/BB ratio over 15 2/3 relief innings for Charlotte this season.
Fri, May 13, 2016 02:13:00 PM

White Sox signed LHP Matt Purke to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Coming off Tommy John surgery, Purke posted a 4.36 ERA in 64 innings in the Nationals' minor leagues last year. The 24-year-old is a former third-round pick of the Nats who has failed to gain any traction in the pros to this point.
Thu, Dec 10, 2015 05:01:00 PM

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.
Tue, Mar 10, 2015 04:02:00 PM

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.
Mon, Mar 2, 2015 08:01:00 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

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