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Purke rarin’ to go

Aug 18, 2011, 11:18 PM EDT

Matt Purke hasn't pitched in a competitive baseball game since June 4, when he tossed five innings for TCU against Dallas Baptist.

In the two-plus months that have since passed, there has been plenty of question about the status of Purke's left shoulder and whether it would prevent the Nationals from signing their third-round draft pick and putting him back on a mound.

There was never a doubt in Purke's mind, though. Confident all along his shoulder was fine, the left-hander spent the summer throwing near his home in Houston, keeping his arm in shape so he'd be ready to go the moment he signed his professional contract.

"Right now, I'm ready for about two or three innings of work," he insisted today upon his introduction at Nationals Park.

Apparently, there was nothing to worry about all along.

Any concerns the Nationals had, though, were eased earlier this summer when Purke consented to undergoing an enhanced MRI. Doctors injected a dye in his shoulder to help determine whetherRead more ยป

  1. Bill B - Aug 19, 2011 at 2:06 AM

    Mark, what do the major league contracts for Rendon, Purke, and others do to the 40-man roster?

  2. Rich - Aug 19, 2011 at 2:29 AM

    Bill,I think were at 42/40cuz stras and someone else are on the 60 day dl

  3. N. Cognito - Aug 19, 2011 at 2:52 AM

    Rendon and Purke were added to the 40-man, bringing it to…wait for it…40 men.

  4. Drew8 - Aug 19, 2011 at 3:15 AM

    The only thing that worries me about Matt Purke is that he wears his hat like Sean Burnett.I hope Spin "doctors" that right away.

  5. Adamnational - Aug 19, 2011 at 7:19 AM

    @Drew8 – yeah that is a pretty weak look…

  6. natsfan1a - Aug 19, 2011 at 10:39 AM

    Welcome, Purkey. (Hey, there's Coffeey and Purkey. Or should that be the other way around? Heh.)

  7. natsfan1a - Aug 19, 2011 at 10:40 AM

    And I kinda like the crooked cap. Straight rims, too. Not that it matters what I think.

  8. Bill B - Aug 19, 2011 at 1:19 PM

    Drew and NCognito are right: 42/40. The other guy on the 60-day DL is Elvin Ramirez. When Stras comes off the DL in a couple of weeks, someone will have to be removed from the 40-man.

  9. John C. - Aug 19, 2011 at 1:45 PM

    Why did the Nats sign Ferris's budy Cameron to pitch? :D

  10. Anonymous - Aug 19, 2011 at 3:27 PM

    That look is pure lefty, they're always just off center. With Sept on the way, will 40-man roster matter?

  11. natsfan1a - Aug 19, 2011 at 3:32 PM

    Hey! As another lefty, I resemble that remark. ;-)

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