JUNE 8: The Braves have released Veal, reports David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Twitter link).
JUNE 1: The Braves announced today that they have designated lefty reliever Donnie Veal for assignment for the second time this season. Right-hander Cody Martin will be recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett to take Veal’s place on the roster.
Veal, 30, was also designated for assignment by the Braves back on May 5, but he accepted an outright assignment to remain with the organization after clearing waivers. Atlanta selected Veal’s contract once again last Wednesday, but his second stint on the 40-man roster will be short-lived.
With 69 big league innings under his belt, Veal has a good bit of experience in the Majors, but his struggles with the Braves have been substantial. The former second-round draft pick (Cubs, 2005) has appeared in five games with the Braves this year and allowed runs in each of them — seven total in just 4 1/3 innings. He has a career 5.48 ERA in the Majors, but Veal comes with a track record of success in the minors. This year, he’s fired 16 scoreless innings for Gwinnett, posting a strong 13-to-2 K/BB ratio in that time.