Matt Thornton was the only lefty in the Sox bullpen before Donnie Veal returned. AP
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The White Sox recalled Donnie Veal from AAA Charlotte on Saturday, adding a lefthander to their bullpen and putting him back to work in the seventh inning.
It couldn't have gone much worse.
Called on to replace reliever Nate Jones after Jones allowed two walks and a single, Veal served up a home-run pitch to Alberto Callapspo, whose three-run shot widened Los Angeles' lead to 8-4. After Veal gave up a single and a walk, J.B. Shuck doubled to right center field, scoring two more runs.
Veal, who made the Opening Day, made four scoreless relief appearances for Charlotte after posting a 4.26 ERA withn the Sox. He seemed to have straightened out his command issues that plagued him in Chicago.
Down to one lefty in the bullpen -- Matt Thornton -- Veal got the call on Friday.
"You go through different spots in the game where it becomes important to be able to have them,'' manager Robin Ventura said. "I think even the way we've been using Matty, you can do more than that, but you're saving him for that one tough at-bat against a lefty. Donnie, we've had good reports on him of getting his curve back and it's nice to have him back."
Veal held left-handers to a .094 (3-for-32) average for the Sox in 2012, vowed to come back better and straightened out when he was shipped to AAA. At Charlotte, he struck out 10 and walked two without allowing a run over 8 1/3 innings.
"And he knew that [he needed to be better] when he went out,'' Ventura said. "He went out and did it. I don't know if it's a reward, but you get him back as quick as you can because he's important.''