CHICAGO -- After paying a visit to Dr. James Andrews, White Sox reliever David Purcey was relieved to know that the soreness in his left arm is a strained ulnar collateral ligament that will take four-to-six weeks to heal. He was instructed to relax during that time before undergoing physical therapy.
"To have something happen, it made me want to see all my options and make sure to kind of get what I could on it," said Purcey, who has never had previous arm problems. "Having both [White Sox team doctor and Andrews] come up with the same option and diagnosis is really comforting. It kind of eases my mind a lot. Now I can move forward, rest and start rehabbing."
Purcey, who is arbitration eligible in 2014, finished with a 2.13 ERA over 24 games this season. The left-hander fanned 23 over 25 1/3 innings, although he did walk 17, but earned praise from manager Robin Ventura for the progress he showed from Spring Training moving forward.
"I'm happy with my year," said Purcey, who felt the arm issue crop up during his 1 2/3 innings of relief against Detroit last Friday. "I don't like ending it this way, but it's just sometimes the way it happens. I can't control circumstances out of my hands."
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