Purke will continue to pitch in Florida this week

Left-hander Matt Purke will remain at the Nationals’ training facility this week, continuing to build up innings as he makes his way back to being ready for his minor league debut.

As I reported here last week, Purke pitched five innings Thursday in Viera, Fla. The schedule this week calls for Purke to go five innings again on Thursday, according to Nationals director of player development Doug Harris.

There is no concern for Purke getting seven days off between outings. Harris said Purke continues on a five-day cycle, and they “will give guys an extra day off or so to freshen them up”.

Within this schedule, Purke will be re-evaluated at the end of the week and then the possibility of a call up to high Single-A Potomac could happen in late May or June 1.

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