PHILADELPHIA -- The departure of Matt Thornton to Boston via trade on Friday opened up another relief chance for Donnie Veal, who was called up from Triple-A Charlotte prior to Saturday's doubleheader in Philadelphia.
Veal has an 8.59 ERA over 14 appearances covering two stints with the White Sox this season. He has also held left-handed hitters to a .212 lifetime average, and hopes the basic work he did in Charlotte will translate to big league success.
"[At Charlotte, I focused on] trying to pound the strike zone, not trying to be too fine," said Veal, "not trying to worry about hitting corners, just getting ahead and [attacking] guys.
"I did put a little pressure on myself early this year. Obviously, that didn't go well. You can never do that. Just relax and have fun, that's what I did down there and it's been working well."
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