Big Leaguer Donnie Veal Gives Ducks a Lift

The 30-year-old left-hander Donnie Veal, who was in the major leagues earlier this season, has given the Long Island Ducks a boost lately with seven innings of relief spread over the same number of appearances in which he has allowed only one run and four hits while striking out 11.

Veal also would like to think he will be back in the major leagues soon, but in the meantime is happy for the Atlantic League opportunity.         

“It’s been a whirlwind, a couple (of) unexpected things happened, but I’m still playing and I’m still healthy,” Veal told  “At the time the Braves let me go, (my agent) said it probably wouldn’t be a long wait, but it turned into a month.  But I’m happy to be here; I get to pitch again and I get to work again, so let’s see what happens.”

Veal, who is listed at 6-foot-4, 235 pounds, was in five games with the Atlanta Braves earlier this season, and he also has pitched in four other major league seasons with the Chicago White Sox and Pittsburgh Pirates.

Previously the chief spokesman for Commissioners Bowie Kuhn and Peter Ueberroth, Bob Wirz has been writing extensively about the Atlantic League and Independent Baseball since 2003.  He is a frequent contributor to this site as well as writing his blog,

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