Braves call up lefty Veal for bullpen help

The Braves called up left-hander Donnie Veal from Triple-A Gwinnett on Thursday to add depth to their beleaguered bullpen.

Veal has 100 previous relief appearances in the big leagues from 2009 to 201 with a 4.87 ERA in 64 2/3 innings and 55 hits allowed, 70 strikeouts and 47 walks. Veal was with the White Sox the last three seasons.

The Braves entered Thursday with a 4.52 bullpen ERA, ranked 13th of 15 NL teams.

“Donnie is pitching well down there,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “Just bring in a guy who can help us out of the bullpen, another lefty. I think it’s going to be one of those situations where—obviously our deficiency is in the bullpen—guys in Triple-A, they are paying attention and they are pitching well. We are paying attention up here.”

To make room for Veal on the roster, the Braves optioned right-hander John Cornely to Gwinnett. Cornely made his major league debut on Wednesday against the Nationals and allowed three hits and four runs in one inning.

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In 10 relief appearances at Gwinnett this season Veal hasn’t allowed a run in 8 2/3 innings with 11 strikeouts and two walks.

“This guy has a good arm, a resilient arm,” Gonzalez said. “If you look at his workloads, he can bounce back. The biggest issue is he has a history of not throwing strikes. But he has done a good job of that in Triple-A so … we give him an opportunity. Why not?”

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