Veal signs Minors deal

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

The Pirates have re-signed Donnie Veal to a Minor League contract that includes an invitation to Spring Training.

The left-hander was non-tendered by the club back on Dec. 2, in order to clear space on the 40-man roster. However, general manager Neal Huntington made it clear at the time that the team was hopeful of coming to an agreement with Veal that would keep him with the organization. As it turns out, it didn’t take long to do so.

Veal, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery, isn’t expected to be ready to pitch at the start of the season, but the Pirates are hopeful that he can still log a substantial amount of innings off the mound next year. In 49 2/3 innings with Triple-A Indianapolis last season, Veal went 3-2 with a 4.35 ERA and struck out 41.

The 26-year-old made 19 relief appearances for Pittsburgh in 2009, as he stuck on the roster as a Rule 5 pick. He is the seventh non-roster player the Pirates have invited to Spring Training.

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