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White Sox bring two lefties into fold

CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox signed two free-agent left-handers Thursday, both of whom would be a long shot to break camp with the team out of spring training.

Donnie Veal, 27, and Jose Quintana, 22, will at least be given a chance to impress the major-league coaching staff when pitchers and catchers report to Glendale, Ariz., in February.

The moves follow the re-signing earlier in the week of third baseman Dallas McPherson, who played most of the past season at Triple-A Charlotte, but had a brief stint with the White Sox.

Veal, a second-round draft pick by the Cubs in 2005, has posted a 3.86 ERA in 140 career minor-league appearances (113 starts). He was in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization since 2009 and pitched in 19 games last season after returning from Tommy John surgery in May.

Quintana, who was first signed by the New York Mets in April of 2006, went 10-2 with a 2.91 ERA in 30 appearances (14 starts) at Single-A Tampa in the New York Yankees system. In 82 appearances (41 starts) over five minor-league seasons, Quintana has posted a 2.76 ERA.