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 Post subject: A question about Donnie Veal
PostPosted: Fri Jun 19, 2009 8:38 am 
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I thought Donnie Veal couldn't be optioned to the minors because he was a rule 5 player?
I understand that he is on a rehab assignment, but why would we be able to send him to Triple-A even for rehab.


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 Post subject: Re: A question about Donnie Veal
PostPosted: Fri Jun 19, 2009 10:32 am 
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The only way a rule 5 player can be sent to the minor leagues is if he is on a rehab assignment. Since he is on the DL, Veal is pitching in Triple-A as part of a rehab to get back into the majors.

Having said that, I believe there is a certain point in time when the rehab is supposed to end, but I am not 100% sure when that is.


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 Post subject: Re: A question about Donnie Veal
PostPosted: Fri Jun 19, 2009 11:05 am 
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The only way a rule 5 player can be sent to the minor leagues is if he is on a rehab assignment. Since he is on the DL, Veal is pitching in Triple-A as part of a rehab to get back into the majors.

Having said that, I believe there is a certain point in time when the rehab is supposed to end, but I am not 100% sure when that is.


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Pretty sure that it is a limit of 30 days.

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 Post subject: Re: A question about Donnie Veal
PostPosted: Fri Jun 19, 2009 11:35 am 
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I also remember reading 30 days.

He'll be back with the big club in time. Hopefully he can help with bullpen duties, because I assume Grabow will be traded and would prefer to see Gorzo kept in a starting role.


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 Post subject: Re: A question about Donnie Veal
PostPosted: Fri Jun 19, 2009 11:51 am 
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If they are allowed 30 days they'll keep him the whole time to see if others like Gorzo become ready for the team. But evetually, they seem to have lost faith in him and I think he'll beput on Waivers. Unless his control shows marked improvement.

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 Post subject: Re: A question about Donnie Veal
PostPosted: Fri Jun 19, 2009 12:47 pm 
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I'm pretty sure 30 days is right..as far as the Pirates releasing Veal or offering him back to the Cubs, I kind of doubt that will happen. The Pirates love this kids arm and realize that there is a challenge to harness Donnie's control.

I'm pulling for the kid because he has had to face some real tragedy off the field. He lost both parents in the span of about a year and basically had to raise his younger brother. Plus, he is a great kid..


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 Post subject: Re: A question about Donnie Veal
PostPosted: Fri Jun 19, 2009 1:38 pm 
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Thanks for the insight. Sounds like I'll be pulling for him too, but think he's a long shot.

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 Post subject: Re: A question about Donnie Veal
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I haven't read anything to indicate that the Pirates have lost faith in him.

In baseball terms, he is a typical Rule 5 pick. They are reluctant to use him in real games but value his long-term potential.


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 Post subject: Re: A question about Donnie Veal
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I know they are looking at him to be a starter, Bob Walk and Greg Brown were saying that was managements plan, get him through the season with the club and have him pitching in AAA next season as a starter...

A nice summer hanging out with Kerrigan isnt a bad thing for him...

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 Post subject: Re: A question about Donnie Veal
PostPosted: Fri Jun 19, 2009 6:13 pm 
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nad69dan wrote:
I know they are looking at him to be a starter, Bob Walk and Greg Brown were saying that was managements plan, get him through the season with the club and have him pitching in AAA next season as a starter...

A nice summer hanging out with Kerrigan isnt a bad thing for him...


I don't see Veal as a long shot, i think he has a great upside. One of the best on our team. He has great motivation. I just don't think he was/is ready this season, and because of how we got him he had to be thrown in there. I hope this rehab assignment helps him out alot, but i don't exspect to see a good Donnie Veal until the 2010 season.


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 Post subject: Re: A question about Donnie Veal
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