TCU pitcher Matt Purke has been ruled out indefinitely with soreness in his throwing shoulder and is expected to see famed orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews Wednesday in Florida, Fort Worth Star-Telegram beat writer Stefan Stevenson reported Tuesday night.
More regarding the timetable for Purke’s return will come after his visit with Andrews, but the injury, according to Stevenson, could sideline the Sophomore for 2-3 weeks.
The announcement comes three days after the left-hander was pulled after just four innings in a start against San Diego State in which the velocity on his fastball dipped into the mid-80s.
Head coach Jim Schlossnagle’s post game comments after the start indicated there might be a problem.
“We’re trying to figure it out,” Schlossnagle told Baseball America’s Aaron Fitt. “It’s just a dead arm deal. Last week he touched a couple of 96s early in the game, and he was rolling, then he gets in the sixth inning and all of a sudden he loses his feel for it.”
Purke is 4-1 with a 1.55 ERA in 40 2/3 innings of work.
The lefty was a first round pick of the Texas Rangers in the 2009 MLB Draft coming out of high school but turned down a $ 4 million signing bonus and opted to attend TCU instead. After going 16-0 as a Freshman and leading the Frogs to the College World Series in 2010, Purke was entered 2011 projected by many as the number two overall prospect in the June draft.
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