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To make up for that, Purke set about this summer on a throwing program at Tomball Sports Medicine in Texas and worked up to throwing seven or eight bullpen sessions, each between 45-50 pitches. He hasn’t been clocked on a radar gun but feels his pitches regaining their old bite. Purke estimates he could throw two or three innings in a regulation game, but he doesn’t know where he’ll face his first live batter since the first week of June — Single-A Auburn, Viera, Fla., or in the Arizona Fall League — but he knows it will happen soon.

“It’s been 2 1/2 months and, quite honestly, I’m tired of just throwing to a catcher,” Purke said. “I’m ready to see somebody swing at it and see what I’ve got.

“[The Nationals] said that from what they’ve seen me do that I am ready to pitch and start getting some innings. They’re going to find me a place where I can do that. … I’m ready. Just give me a uniform and put me out there.”