David Purcey can get early jump on planning his Halloween costume. The Chicago White Sox announced today that the lefty reliever is being shut down for the remainder of the 2013 season with a UCL strain in his pitching elbow. The 31-year-old had his contract purchased from Triple-A Charlotte back in July which marked the first time he’d been in the big leagues since 2011 (Detroit Tigers).
Over 24 games this year with the Pale Hose, Percy threw 25.1 innings and had a stellar 2.13 ERA. He struck out nearly a batter per inning, but struggled at keeping runners off base. His 1.42 WHIP was partially the product of the 17 free passes he issued opposing hitters. He was able to contribute a win to the cause, but did not record a save or hold.
At this point, Purcey has decided to forego surgery. He will try the rest and rehabilitation route, but should he want to extend his career a visit to Dr. James Andrews might become necessary if things don’t go according to plan. The former Oklahoma Sooner will be a free agent at years end and while the Sox can certainly use all the help they can get in the pen, the assumption is that GM Rick Hahn will go with younger options in 2014. Sadly for Purcey, if a trip under the knife becomes unavoidable, it might mean an end to his career.
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