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.
The White Sox reassigned Purke to minor league camp Thursday, the Chicago Tribune reports. Purke was a one-time top-100 prospect with the Nationals, but he has pitched all of 55.2 innings above High-A in his four minor league seasons. He should begin 2016 at Double-A as bullpen depth
Purke signed a minor league deal with the White Sox on Tuesday. Purke split time across three levels in 2015, but struggled once earning a promotion to Double-A to the tune of a 6.29 ERA in 10 appearances (five starts). The 25-year-old could work his way up the organizational ranks, but he's unlikely to factor into the big league roster at any point.
Nationals pitcher Matt Purke is hoping to throw off a mound in a few weeks, according to MLB.com. Purke had Tommy John surgery last May, and has struggled with injuries since being selected in the third round of the 2011 draft. Purke was actually released by the club during the offseason, but came back on a minor-league deal. Purke said he was frustrated by the injuries, but understands he has to take it all in stride. "It's just something you have to take in stride, keep moving forward," he explained. "I'm ready to keep progressing the best I can and really get myself out there and pitch and perform. When my number is called, I'll be able to help when I can." Purke is currently in the middle of a throwing program. He's been able to long toss, and hopes to throw off a mound in a few weeks. The team is still unsure when Purke will be ready for game action.