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Potential top 10 pick and former Rangers first rounder Matt Purke shut down with shoulder pain

Apr 20, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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Matt Purke turned down millions to sign out of high school after the Rangers selected him with the 19th overall pick in the 2009 draft, opting instead to go to college (and wear his hat slightly askew) at TCU.

His decision appeared to pay off when he went 16-0 last season to win national freshman of the year honors and began this season with a 1.55 ERA through eight starts, but now Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star Telegram reports that Purke has been “shut down indefinitely” with shoulder soreness.

He’s scheduled to be examined by Dr. James Andrews and showed decreased velocity in his recent outings, which is a scary combination for the 21-year-old left-hander who projected as a top-10 pick in this June’s draft.

  1. rollinghighwayblues - Apr 20, 2011 at 12:04 PM

    He better hope it’s just dead arm otherwise he will look very foolish after telling the Rangers to shove it after he didn’t get Rick Porcello money. My guess is just fatigue due to the excessive fist pumping he does. I would pay money to see the retaliation in the Bigs after he retires the side in the 1st inning then fist pumps 2 times and sprints down the dugout steps.

  2. Joe - Apr 20, 2011 at 12:58 PM

    Former top Red Sox prospect Abe Alvarez used to wear his hat like that. What, you never heard of Abe Alvarez? Exactly.

  3. texasdawg - Apr 20, 2011 at 2:10 PM

    He should sue his dad for being the stupidest financial advisor ever.

  4. dexterismyhero - Apr 20, 2011 at 2:39 PM

    perhaps if he wore his hat straight and acted like a person he wouldn’t have been hurt……Nah…looks like a giant goober though….

  5. Reflex - Apr 20, 2011 at 5:13 PM

    That image looks almost like an Inverted W. Would have to have it straightened out(he’s leaned partly forward) but if so, the injury would not suprise me…

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