Veal's arrival gives Ventura some options

Veal's arrival gives Ventura some options
May 18, 2013, 3:15 pm
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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Satisfied with how he responded at Triple-A Charlotte, the White Sox recalled Donnie Veal to give them an additional lefty reliever.


Veal -- who was optioned to Charlotte on May 1 -- went 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA in eight innings at Triple-A. He allowed two hits and walked two while striking out 10 batters.


Last season, Veal was somewhat of a left-handed specialist out of the bullpen and manager Robin Ventura turned to him in a number of big spots in September. But Veal struggled with his command early this season and walked six batters in 6 1/3 innings before he was sent down.


Those issues have apparently been resolved.


“We’ve had good reports on him of getting his curve back,” Ventura said. “He knew that when he went out. He went out and did it. I don’t know if it’s a reward, but you get him back as quick as you can because he’s important.”

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Veal gives Ventura another option instead of having to rely on Matt Thornton all the time. Thornton has been spectacular thus far with a 2.13 ERA.


But the veteran also has appeared in 19 games after he tied a career-high with 74 appearances last season.


Thornton was impressed with Veal’s success against left-handed batters in 2012, particularly Prince Fielder. Fielder went 0-for-5 against Veal and has only reached base on a hit by pitch.

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“Any time you have the ability to play matchups late in the game, it’s good for the team,” Thornton said. “Donnie’s been great against lefties for us and a matter of getting him on track. If you can translate (success against Fielder) into facing almost anybody, that’d be a huge step for Donnie.”
 
Danks to start
 
John Danks will make his fourth rehab start at Triple-A Charlotte on Saturday night and Ventura knows his toughest decision could be right around the corner.


When Danks returns to the club, whenever that may be, he will likely replace Dylan Axelrod or Hector Santiago in the White Sox rotation.

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And it’s not as if the move is being made out of necessity,  as both pitchers have handled themselves well. Santiago enters Saturday’s start with a 2.23 ERA in 10 appearances and Axelrod has a 4.27 ERA. Ventura said the possibility of a six-man rotation has come up but he’s not interested in that option, either.


“Somebody misses out,” Ventura said. “It’s hard. Everyone is deserving of staying in the rotation because of the way they’re pitching. It’s not an easy decision.”
 
Notes
 
-- Alex Rios said pitch selection has been the key to his current 12-game hitting streak. Rios is 18-for-49 (.367) with four homers and nine RBIs during the streak.
 
-- According to Elias, Chris Sale is the first pitcher since Shawn Chacon to throw at least seven scoreless innings in consecutive starts against the same opponent. Chacon last accomplished the feat from Sept. 17-23, 2005.
 
-- Second baseman Gordon Beckham is expected to begin his rehab assignment at Triple-A Charlotte on Saturday night. Beckham had surgery to repair his broken left hamate bone on April 16.