Knights shuffle of to Buffalo

mbanks@comporium.netMay 20, 2013 

MAC BANKS - SPECIAL TO THE FORT MILL TIMES

— – The Charlotte Knights made several adjustments to their roster over the past week.

Donnie Veal, who posted a 1-0 record with no ERA over four appearances with the Knights this season, has been recalled to Chicago. Veal will take the roster spot of pitcher Deunte Heath, who was optioned to Charlotte by Chicago. Heath began the season with the Knights and earned a promotion to Chicago on April 12 and again on April 28.

After starting the last two seasons with the Knights, Heath, 27, has spent parts of 2012 and 2013 in Chicago. He posted a 0-0 mark with an 11.12 ERA over four games. In five games with the Knights this year, Heath is 1-0 with no ERA.

Veal started the 2013 campaign with the White Sox and was 1-0 with a 4.26 ERA over 12 games. He spent the majority of the 2012 season with the Knights and recorded a 7-3 record with a 2.08 ERA over 35 games, pitching 52 innings.

Also on Saturday, the White Sox announced that infielder Gordon Beckham, who is on Chicago’s disabled list with a fractured left hand, will continue a Major League Baseball rehab assignment with the Knights in Buffalo. Beckham was placed on the disabled list by Chicago on April 12.

Beckham, 26, appeared in just seven games with the White Sox this season before his injury. The Atlanta native was hitting .316. Last season, Beckham hit .234 with a career-high 16 home runs and 60 RBIs.

Southpaw John Danks will continue his rehab assignment and made the start for the Knights in Buffalo. Danks, who is recovering from left shoulder surgery, will make his third rehab start with Charlotte this season. He earned a win May 12 at Knights Stadium against the Pawtucket Red Sox.

Infielder Angel Sanchez, who is also on a rehab assignment, will continue playing for the Knights. He is hitting .250 over three games with Charlotte.

One player who has been lighting things up for the Knights this season and could be called up soon is catcher Josh Phegley.

Phegley is hitting .347 with 10 home runs and 27 RBI in 31 games this season for the Knights. Phegley hit just six home runs last season and had 48 RBI in 102 games last year for the Knights. He is in his third season with the team.

Walk into history

Jordan Danks walked into the Charlotte Knights record books Sunday. Unfortunately, the team was unable to hold on for a fourth straight victory.

International League batting leader Jim Negrych went 3-for-5 with a double, and the Buffalo Bisons beat Charlotte 11-6 2 of their four-game series from Coca-Cola Field in Buffalo, NY. Buffalo’s bullpen held the Knights scoreless over the final five innings.

Danks, in his fourth season with the Knights, drew a walk in the first inning, which moved him into sole possession of first place in walks in Charlotte Knights history. The walk was the 157th of his Knights career, passing Joe Borchard’s 156. Danks ranks second in hits, tied for first in triples, third in doubles, second in games played, and second in at-bats in all-time Knights history.

Knights starter Zach Stewart (2-5, 4.61) allowed seven runs over five innings and was saddled with the loss. Stewart gave up 11 hits, including a solo home run to Ryan Langerhans in the fifth inning. The home run was the eighth of the season for Langerhans.

Beckham continued his rehab assignment and went 3-5 with a run, a double, and two RBIs. In two rehab games for the Knights, Beckham has five hits in nine at-bats. Sanchez went 0-3 with a run and a walk.

Outfielder Blake Tekotte hit his first home run of the season. Tekotte, acquired in an offseason trade with the San Diego Padres, finished the game 3-5 with three runs scored, two doubles, the home run and three RBIs.

Buffalo reliever Chad Beck (1-0, 9.45) earned the win after allowing one run over 1.2 innings pitched in relief of starter Todd Redmond.

The Knights wrap up an eight-game road trip through New York with stops in Buffalo and Rochester before coming home Memorial Day for the Military Appreciation Game against Toledo, as part of an eight-game home stand against the Mud Hens and Rochester.

The Charlotte Observer contributed

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