Veal is scheduled to report to Bradenton, Fla., next week to begin his rehabilitation program. His recovery process is expected to take 12-18 months, which is typical for this type of procedure.
This means that not only will Veal miss the remainder of the 2010 season, but the 25-year-old starter will also miss part -- if not all -- of 2011, too. That news hit manager John Russell particularly hard, given the improvements Veal had made since sneaking through '09 as a Rule 5 Draft pick.
"It crushed me. It really did," Russell said. "I think everybody was really excited about what he was doing. To get that news is devastating to me. He's a great kid. He worked awfully hard to get to where he is.
"It's a setback, but knowing Donnie, he'll bounce back. He's a very resilient kid. He's been through a lot in his life. I think mentally he'll be able to battle through this, as well as physically."
Veal was 3-2 with a 4.35 ERA in nine Triple-A starts before being shut down.