Purke was reassigned to minor-league camp Tuesday. He failed to make the big-league club out of camp, and will open the year providing organizational bullpen depth at Triple-A Charlotte. Purke has really struggled with his control against upper-level hitting, and does not figure to earn a high-leverage role anytime soon.
Purke cleared waivers and was sent outright to Triple-A Charlotte on Wednesday, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Purke was designated for assignment last week, but after no team decided to swipe him off the White Sox's hands, he'll head to the minors to continue being an organizational depth piece. The left-hander found some success at Triple-A following a switch to being a reliever, although that didn't translate to the majors, as he posted a 5.50 ERA in 18 innings out of the big-league bullpen.
Purke was designated for assignment by the White Sox on Wednesday. Purke failed to impress during his first major league innings in 2016, posting a 5.50 ERA and walking 12 in 18 innings. That likely made the injury-plagued former prospect expendable for a rebuilding White Sox organization.
Purke has pitched 10 innings since his contract was purchased by the White Sox on May 13, allowing four earned runs in that time. As expected, Purke has pitched in low-leverage situations, only making appearances in games when the White Sox were losing by three or more runs. He's been a relatively solid option, as all four runs came in one inning of action, leaving him with nine shutout innings for the season.
Purke had his contract purchased by the White Sox on Friday. The White Sox had one spot to fill on the major league roster after sending Scott Carroll to Triple-A on Thursday, so Purke will get the chance to make his first appearance in the majors. He's maintained a 2.30 ERA with Triple-A Charlotte this season, and he'll try to bring that up with him to the big leagues, although it will likely come in more low-leverage situations with Chicago.
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