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Sox recall Veal, option Heath

Updated: May 19, 2013 12:13AM

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The White Sox recalled Donnie Veal from AAA Charlotte on Saturday, adding a lefthander to their bullpen.

Veal made four scoreless relief appearances for Charlotte after posting a 4.26 ERA. He seems to have straightened out command issues that plagued him in Chicago. He walked six over 6 1/3 innings with the White Sox.

The Sox had been down to one lefty in the bullpen, Matt Thornton.

“You go through different spots in the game where it becomes important to be able to have them,” manager Robin Ventura said. “I think even the way we’ve been using Matty, you can do more than that, but you’re saving him for that one tough at-bat against a lefty. Donnie, we’ve had good reports on him of getting his curve back and it’s nice to have him back.”

Veal, who made the opening day roster after he held left-handers to a .094 (3-for-32) average for the Sox in 2012, vowed to come back better and straightened out when he was shipped to AAA. At Charlotte, he struck out 10 and walked two without allowing a run over 8 1/3 innings.

“And he knew that (he needed to be better) when he went out,” Ventura said. “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,” Ventura said.

-- Daryl Van Schouwen

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