CLEVELAND -- David Huff was given new information regarding his potential spot start on Sunday, and he had nowhere to tweet it. Huff is not making that start against the Tigers, after all. It will instead go to right-hander Jeanmar Gomez, who will make his Major League debut. Huff, meanwhile, has Twitter to blame for the missed opportunity. On Friday, an account (@dhuff11) that was formerly confirmed as belonging to Huff posted news that he would be called up from Triple-A Columbus to make the 1:05 p.m. ET start on Sunday. Within an hour, that post was deleted, and the account was deactivated. Having told Huff to keep the information under wraps, the Indians were not happy about the tweet, which Huff denied posting.
"If word got out about Huff possibly throwing a spot start on Sunday, it was not David's doing," Huff's agent, Jim McDowell, wrote in an e-mail to MLB.com. "He did not post anything on Twitter about any of this; in fact, his own account was terminated over a month ago. And if stuff gets out and circulates over the Internet or Twitter or whatever, well, welcome to 2010." The Indians had a differing view on the tweet. They were miffed that a mere 15 minutes after giving Huff the news and telling him to keep it to himself, it was posted on the Internet. Manager Manny Acta and assistant general manager Chris Antonetti chose not to respond to questions about Huff's tweet. "At this time," Acta said, "we feel it's better for David to work on his delivery at Triple-A." The bizarre Twitter controversy cost Huff a shot at returning to the bigs, however briefly, just one month after his demotion to Columbus. Huff was 2-9 with a 6.04 ERA in 13 starts for the Tribe. He survived an Alex Rodriguez line drive off the head in late May, but he didn't last in the rotation. With Columbus, Huff is 3-0 with a 4.15 ERA in four starts. Huff had been scratched from his scheduled Saturday start because of the anticipated promotion. "With Cleveland having a doubleheader scheduled for Saturday," McDowell wrote, "even Inspector Clouseau would have an inkling as to why Huff was pulled from his start." But in the wake of the tweet, Huff was rescheduled to start Sunday for Columbus. "Dave will be pitching for Triple-A Columbus [on Sunday], apparently because this was such a big deal," McDowell wrote. "He'll continue to focus on making the necessary improvements and adjustments that will bring him back to the big leagues for what will be a long, successful career." As for Gomez, this will be a one-and-done appearance at this level, unless he pulls off something remarkable. Already on the 40-man roster, Gomez is 6-8 with a 5.70 ERA in 18 starts with Columbus this season. It's been a disappointing year for Gomez, considering he was coming off Eastern League Pitcher of the Year honors at Double-A Akron in '09. Gomez threw a perfect game for Akron last year. He'll have to throw another, if this Major League stint is going to last more than a day. "If he comes up and throws a perfect game, we'd have to do some rethinking," Acta said with a smile. "Or we'd be the first team in history to send a guy down after he threw a perfect game." For now, the Indians appear to be the first team in history to change course on a callup because of an ill-timed tweet.