Huff strains right hamstring, leaves game

Huff strains right hamstring, leaves game

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- David Huff's chances of winning the No. 5 spot in the Indians rotation took a hit Thursday when the left-hander was injured one batter into his start against the D-backs.

Willie Bloomquist hit a chopper back up the middle that Huff deflected with his glove. The ball bounced toward first base and Huff ran over and tried to flip the ball to first with his glove.

The flip sailed over first baseman Casey Kotchman's head and bounced into the dugout.

Huff suffered a strained right hamstring and was removed from the game.

After being tended to in the dugout, Huff limped to a motorized cart and was taken off the field to the Indians' clubhouse.

No details on the injury were immediately available.

Huff was battling Jenmar Gomez and Kevin Slowey for the final open spot in the Cleveland rotation.

-- Steve Gilbert>