Texas Christian released a statement late last night about the status of star lefthander Matt Purke. The school confirmed that Purke was evaluated by shoulder specialist Dr. James Andrews on April 20.
"We recently saw him because of some discomfort in the front part of his shoulder, which has been evaluated very thoroughly not only by myself but also by Dr. John Conway, who is the team physician for TCU in Fort Worth, Texas," Andrews wrote in his report. "We certainly don't have any reservations recommending him for being drafted as a professional lefthanded baseball pitcher. His prognosis looks good and he should respond to a minimum period of active rest and conservative treatment to get his shoulder built back up."
The statement also said the TCU coaches and training staff will continue to monitor Purke's progress and look forward to seeing him "competing for TCU in the near future."
The release contained no other specifics about the nature of Purke's injury, and the school said this will be its only statement until Purke returns to the mound.
In other injury news, Connecticut coach Jim Penders said his team will be without junior shortstop Nick Ahmed for "a while" after he suffered a collapsed lung in a collision at first base against Quinnipiac on Monday.
"The lung is inflated again," Penders told the Hartford Courant. "Now it has to heal, and it has to seal up. The rib is not displaced, so that's good news."
Freshman Tom Verdi filled in for Ahmed on Tuesday and Wednesday, delivering a game-tying homer in the eighth in UConn's come-from-behind win against Central Connecticut State on Wednesday. He'll continue to fill in for Ahmed for the foreseeable future. But Ahmed is one of the nation's best all-around shortstops and a potential top three-to-five-rounds pick this June, and he will not be easy to replace.
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