Mar 27, 2014; Mesa, AZ, USA; Chicago White Sox relief pitcher Donnie Veal (46) throws against the Chicago Cubs in the fifth inning at HoHoKam Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

Donnie Veal Assigned to AAA-Charlotte


Before Thursday’s series finale with the Boston Red Sox, the White Sox assigned reliever Donnie Veal to the Triple-A Charlotte Knights. The White Sox also purchased right-hander Zach Putnam and his contract from the Knights.

After the White Sox used every reliever available to them in their 14-inning loss on Wednesday night to the Red Sox, a move affecting the atrocious bullpen was expected.

In seven relief appearances for the White Sox this season, Donnie Veal was 0-0 with a 7.50 ERA, five earned runs in six total innings and struck out six hitters.

Zach Putnam, 26, was signed by the White Sox as a free agent on November 27, 2013. With Charlotte, Putnam was 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA in six total innings pitched for the Knights and logged 11 strikeouts in four relief appearances this season.  Putnam only walked one in his four appearances, while holding hitters to a .182 average (4-for-22).

Putnam will wear No. 57 with the Sox as they finish up a three-game set with the defending World Series Champions on Thursday in Chicago.

The move leaves Scott Downs as the only left-handed arm in the White Sox bullpen.

 

Notes:

  • With Daniel Webb throwing 59 pitches in Wednesday’s loss, a move like this was expected to be made. Sox fans probably won’t see Webb again maybe the end of the upcoming series in Texas against the Rangers. If not, he’ll pitch in the next series at Detroit.
  • Reliever Nate Jones hasn’t been cleared for baseball activity as of yet. There’s no set timetable for his return either.
  • The same goes for second baseman Gordon Beckham down in AA-Birmingham. No timetable has been set for Beckham’s return to the White Sox lineup.
  • Thursday’s probables are lefties Jon Lester and Chris Sale. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 CT on Comcast SportsNet Plus (due to the Chicago Blackhawks opening their series with the St. Louis Blues). White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu (day off) will not play on Thursday.

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