Originally posted on Nationals Enquirer  |  Last updated 1/28/12
Back on January 16, Stephen Strasburg Tweeted news of a near-miss first hole in one, missing the cup by mere inches. The next day, Washington Nationals' 2011 third round pick Matt Purke was out fine-tuning his golf game: Today, those those lessons apparently paid off -- Purke claims that he got his first ever hole in one  -- photo above via @MattPurke47:More importantly; how's Purke's left shoulder doing? Good enough to swing a golf club, obviously. Numbers-wise, his Arizona Fall League campaign wasn't exactly rosy -- 7 G, 1 GS, 7.1 IP, 12 H, 11 R, 13.50 ERA, 1 HR, 3 BB, 5 K, .353 BAA,  including a disaster on October 21 against Surprise in which he got lit up for 7 runs on 5 hits and a walk in just a third of an inning  -- but results weren't really the point of sending Purke to AZ. Guess we'll find out more about the shoulder soon enough, when Purke reports to big league camp with the Nats in just over three weeks. In the meantime, his golf game appears to be in mid-season form....
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Manziel not planning bachelor party, focused on NFL comeback

Bills owner struggles to answer question about competency

Olynk cracks funny joke about Thomas' missing tooth

NFL exec: Bears GM Ryan Pace 'just got fired with this draft'

John Elway consulted Jim Kelly before drafting nephew Chad

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

McCloughan a possible candidate for Bills' GM vacancy?

Rockies-Diamondbacks game included a broken-bat homer and the longest homer of 2017

Report: Texans wouldn’t take Jay Cutler’s calls

Albert Pujols mocks Rangers pitcher after beef

Top 10 takeaways from the 2017 NFL Draft

Mitchell Trubisky booed at Celtics-Bulls game, for some reason

NBA playoffs: Rivalries to rematches, stories to follow in the second round

The 'Beast Mode as a parting gift' quiz

Best of Yardbarker: Don't sleep on the Stanley Cup Playoffs

Our favorite undrafted players of all time

Everything you need for the 2017 NFL Draft

Kicking it: Orlando surges while the Galaxy struggles

Three Up, Three Down: Madison Bumgarner gets grounded

Box Score 4/28: NFL Draft gets younger every year

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

The 'NFL Draft Day is finally upon us' quiz

Most memorable 'NFL Draft weekend drama' stories

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Eastern rivalries take center stage

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

NBA playoffs: Rivalries to rematches, stories to follow in the second round

Best of Yardbarker: Don't sleep on the Stanley Cup Playoffs

The 'Beast Mode as a parting gift' quiz

Everything you need for the 2017 NFL Draft

Our favorite undrafted players of all time

Kicking it: Orlando surges while the Galaxy struggles

Three Up, Three Down: Madison Bumgarner gets grounded

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

The 'NFL Draft Day is finally upon us' quiz

Most memorable 'NFL Draft weekend drama' stories

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker