Bruney, Lucy receive non-roster invites

Brian Bruney and the White Sox agreed to a Minor League contract and the right-handed reliever received a non-roster invitation to Spring Training as part of the deal.

Bruney, 28, posted a lofty 7.64 ERA over 19 games with the Nationals in 2010. He gave up 21 hits and walked 20 in 17 2/3 innings, but will have a chance to fill out the White Sox bullpen behind Matt Thornton, Sergio Santos, Tony Pena, possibly Chris Sale and a veteran arm who the White Sox eventually add. Bruney will be competing with younger pitchers such as Gregory Infante, Lucas Harrell and Anthony Carter.

From 2006-09 with the Yankees, Bruney posted a 12-3 record with a 3.25 ERA in 153 games. Bruney could turn into the low-risk, high-reward signing the White Sox seem to thrive upon, a hurler who pitching coach Don Cooper can work with to turn around. Bruney always has battled control issues with 173 walks issued in 239 innings.

Donny Lucy also re-signed via a Minor League deal with the White Sox and received a non-roster invite to Spring Training.

The catcher started the 2010 season with the White Sox when backup catcher Ramon Castro was sidelined with a bruised right heal. Lucy impressed the White Sox with his .333 average in seven games, but also did a solid job of handling the White Sox pitching staff. Lucy spent most of the campaign with Triple-A Charlotte, where he figures to play in 2011 if no other Major League team shows interest.

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