BOSTON -- With one year of big league service time, left-handed pitcher Donnie Veal instantly becomes one of the old men of the White Sox bullpen. Veal checks in just behind nine-year-veteran Matt Thornton in a relief crew that features five rookie relievers after being recalled from Triple-A Charlotte prior to Thursday's series finale. Veal, 27, had a 2.08 ERA in 29 games for the Knights.
"I just know things have to work in your favor," said Veal, who became the ninth pitcher called up by the White Sox since the start of the season. "It has to be the right situation. Just keep working and eventually, hopefully, the time will happen."
Rookie Dylan Axelrod doesn't really count toward the bullpen or the starting rotation right now. He's in limbo until Gavin Floyd throws on Friday and then the team sees how he responds Saturday. If Floyd and his right elbow tendinitis aren't ready to start Monday night at home against the Twins, when he's eligible to come off the disabled list, then Axelrod gets the call.
In the interim, Axelrod could be used in relief.
"Axe is kind of floating in between right now but it's nice to have him in there," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "I don't think we would stay away from him if we needed him. If there's an obvious situation for him to come in, he's coming in."