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By Mark Davis
The nation founders, the Lone Star State thrives
Topic - Matt Purke
Nationals minor league pitcher Matt Purke will have Tommy John surgery to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow, the team announced.
Pitchers Josh Roenicke, Danny Rosenbaum, Clay Hensley and Daniel Stange — none of them members of the 40-man roster — were reassigned to minor-league camp.
Matt Purke finally showed what he could do with his first healthy season for the Nationals. Now it's time to take the next step in 2014.
Skole and younger brother Jake, a first-round pick by the Texas Rangers in 2010, share an apartment in the offseason and talk nearly every day during the season.
Nationals' lefty Matt Purke pitched three sharp innings — his longest professional outing — in a 3-0 exhibition win Friday against Georgetown.
Matt Purke felt relief the minute he became a member of the Washington Nationals.
Matt Purke knew his talent, but he knew his body, too. He knew that the way he performed this spring for Texas Christian University, missing a month with shoulder bursitis and never standing on a mound fully healthy, would be problematic as a draft-eligible sophomore.
This year, there was no Bryce Harper and no Stephen Strasburg. There was no No. 1 overall pick deemed once-in-a-generation waiting until the clock struck midnight to relent, get paid record sums and join the Washington Nationals.
On the first day of the 2011 Major League Baseball draft, the Washington Nationals sent a message for their strategy this year: We're not afraid to take a risk.
The second time around at TCU hasn't been as perfect for Matt Purke, the left-hander who has already been a first-round draft pick once _ and could be again next week.
Matt Purke was happy at TCU, even before he went 16-0 as a freshman and made it to the College World Series.
"I would love to play against him one day, or even with him," Matt said. "But it's just fun to have somebody going through the same things you are."
"He's one of the best athletes I've ever seen," Matt said of his brother. "It's no question in my mind he has the talent, the ability, to do everything."