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Huff on target to make next start

Huff on target to make next start

NEW YORK -- David Huff was back on the mound Monday morning, less than 48 hours after an Alex Rodriguez line drive struck the left-hander in the head and sent him to the hospital.

Huff threw a bullpen session before the series finale at Yankee Stadium. Manager Manny Acta called it the "first step" in determining whether Huff will make his next scheduled start, Thursday at Detroit's Comerica Park, and all indications are that Huff will get the ball that day.

"He had no aftermath feeling or anything like that," Acta said. "He's on target, unless he shows up [feeling] something different."

Huff said he couldn't feel better. He has had no dizziness or headaches in the wake of the blow to the head, and he hopes to make Thursday's start.

"I threw the bullpen I usually throw," he said. "I didn't take time off or throw less pitches. It was a good feeling."

The Indians will continue to evaluate Huff's medical condition to ensure he is not showing any concussive symptoms. Head athletic trainer Lonnie Soloff said the Tribe will "err on the side of caution" in the determination. But Huff never lost consciousness, has shown no signs of memory loss and did not suffer any brain damage or bleeding as a result of the ball striking his head, just above the left ear.

Huff (2-6, 5.54 ERA) said he is not concerned about feeling fearful of another line drive the next time he takes the mound in a game situation.

"I'm fine, I feel fine and hopefully I'll bounce back," he said. "I'm going to try not to think about it."

Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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