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This is a 2014 photo of Matt Purke of the Washington Nationals baseball team. This image reflects the Nationals active roster as of, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, when this image was taken. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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Washington Nationals relief pitcher Matt Purke (50) throws in a spring exhibition baseball game against the New York Mets, Wednesday, March 5, 2014, in Viera, Fla. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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Washington Nationals relief pitcher Matt Purke (50) throws in a spring exhibition baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Saturday, March 1, 2014, in Viera, Fla. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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Washington Nationals relief pitcher Matt Purke (50) walks in the dugout as the Washington Nationals play the Florida Marlins during spring training at Space Coast Stadium, Viera, Fla., Wednesday, February 27, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Washington Nationals relief pitchers Tyler Clippard (36), left, and Matt Purke (50), right, talk together at a morning practice during spring training at Space Coast Stadium, Viera, Fla., Tuesday, February 26, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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This is a 2013 photo of Matt Purke of the Washington Nationals baseball team. This image reflects the Nationals active roster as of Feb. 20, 2013 when this image was taken.(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

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Washington Nationals starting pitcher Matt Purke (50) pitches against Georgetown University during spring training at Space Coast Stadium, Viera, Fla., Friday, March 2, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Third baseman Anthony Rendon (seen here), the sixth overall pick in 2011, and Matt Purke, taken in Round 3, are two of the Nationals' top prospects starting the season at Single-A Potomac.

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Washington Nationals starting pitcher Matt Purke (50) after pitching against Georgetown Hoyas during spring training at Space Coast Stadium, Viera, Fla., Friday, March 2, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Washington Nationals starting pitcher Matt Purke (50) pitches against Georgetown Hoyas during spring training at Space Coast Stadium, Viera, Fla., Friday, March 2, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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**FILE** Matt Purke (Rick Scuteri/Special to The Washington Times)

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TCU starting pitcher Matt Purke winds up for a delivery against Florida State in the first inning of the opening baseball game of the NCAA College World Series, in Omaha, Neb., Saturday, June 19, 2010.(AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

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Matt Purke didn't exactly set the baseball world on fire in his first Arizona Fall League start, but the Nationals' left-handed prospect has shown steady improvement. (Rick Scuteri/Special to The Washington Times)

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Matt Purke hasn't seen game action since the first week of June, when he pitched for TCU in an NCAA regional game. He agreed to a four-year contract with the Nationals on Monday night. (Associated Press)

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TCU's Matt Purke was 16-0 as a freshman last season, but shoulder bursitis contributed to a loss of velocity on is fastball this year. He was taken by the Nationals in the third round Tuesday, No. 96 overall. (Associated Press)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS TCU's Matt Purke was 16-0 as a freshman last season, but shoulder bursitis contributed to a loss of velocity on is fastball this year. He was taken by the Nationals in the third round Tuesday, No. 96 overall.