Veal heads to Chicago

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

Left-hander Donnie Veal, who became a Minor League free agent after the season, has signed a Minor League deal with the White Sox. Veal had been in the Pirates’ organization since 2008, when he was taken from the Cubs in the Rule 5 Draft. Veal stuck in the Pirates’ bullpen (though he was rarely used) in 2009 to ensure that he’d remain a part of the organization.

The Pirates’ hope was that Veal, 27, would be converted back into a starter. Those plans changed when Veal suffered an arm injury and underwent Tommy John surgery in May 2010. He signed a Minor League deal with the Pirates last winter but endured a slow recovery.

Veal made five appearances in Triple-A, one at the rookie ball level and seven in High-A in 2011. Altogether, he went 0-2 with a 4.22 ERA in 32 innings.

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