The Chicago White Sox have decided to send down 27-year-old Deunte Heath to Triple-A Charlotte, and White Sox beat writer Scott Merkin believes that Donnie Veal could be called up to replace Heath in the bullpen. The decision to send down Heath is not a surprising one, as he was horrendous in one month’s worth of pitching with seven earned runs in four appearances and 5.2 innings, which was good for a 11.12 ERA in the Bigs.
Veal should do a better job for the White Sox coming out of Charlotte and re-entering the fray with the MLB bullpen, and Veal will also give the White Sox a lefty arm in the ‘pen. He didn’t have the best of times with the White Sox this season in 12 appearances, so Veal will look to improve on his ghastly 2.05 WHIP that he accrued during the month of April. However, there is plenty of reason to believe that the 28-year-old southpaw will improve upon those numbers as the left-handed specialist in the White Sox bullpen, because he hasn’t allowed a run since whilst pitching in Triple-A.
Heath was supposed to pitch much better than he has, and he actually had a good chance of maintaining a hold on a roster spot at the time of his call-up in late April. Needless to say, things haven’t gone as planned for Heath, and Veal is his expected replacement. In fact, it would be a surprise to see the White Sox call somebody other than Veal to replace Heath.