COLLEGE STATION — TCU left-hander Matt Purke is out indefinitely after soreness developed in his throwing shoulder in last Saturday’s start at San Diego State. TCU coach Jim Schlossnagle said Purke, who is eligible for the major-league draft in June, will have his shoulder examined by renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, Fla., today.
"The best-case scenario is he’s fine and maybe gets a shot if it’s tendinitis or bursitis," Schlossnagle said. Purke (4-1) will not pitch this weekend against UNLV. Schlossnagle hopes Purke can return in two or three weeks or rejoin the team for the Mountain West tournament May 24-28.
Purke has pitched well this season but has lost velocity in the mid-innings, including in the fourth Saturday. He has 47 strikeouts and a 1.55 ERA in 40.2 innings this season.
"It’s real important at this time for Matt to think about Matt," Schlossnagle said. "There are a lot of elite pitchers like him who would have been very selfish and not picked up a ball. That’s very unique for a guy who has a lot on the line personally and professionally."
Purke was drafted in the first round by the Texas Rangers in June 2009 but turned down a hefty contract to attend TCU.
-- Stefan Stevenson