Huff hopes to make most of starting shot

Huff hopes to make most of starting shot

Huff hopes to make most of starting shot
ARLINGTON -- David Huff sees the big picture. The left-hander is not only trying to help the Indians win games down the stretch this season, but he is also trying to make an impression as the ballclub plans for next year.

"I'm trying to get back on the radar," Huff said. "To be honest, for next year, I'm out of options. So it's either I'm going to be playing for these guys or I'm going to be somewhere else. Hopefully, I can put myself in a good position for next year and just finish strong this year."

Since being promoted to Cleveland from Triple-A Columbus on Sept. 4, Huff has turned in six shutout innings between a pair of relief appearances. In Wednesday's 5-2 loss to the Rangers, Huff logged 2 2/3 scoreless frames with a pair of strikeouts against Texas slugger Josh Hamilton.

Huff went 7-6 with a 4.97 ERA in 24 games for Columbus this season.

After spending his career as a starter, the pitcher is becoming open-minded about possibly working as a reliever in the future.

"Just as long as I'm in the big leagues," said Huff, who has gone 16-25 with a 5.37 ERA in 51 career big league outings over the past four seasons. "That's all that matters."

The Indians still view Huff as a starting pitcher, though. That is why Indians manager Manny Acta made it known on Thursday that the lefty is moving into the rotation. Huff will start for the Tribe on Tuesday against the Twins, replacing Jeanmar Gomez on the starting staff. Gomez will shift to the bullpen.

Huff will make at least two starts before the season ends.

"It presented itself that he pitched out of the 'pen," Acta said of Huff. "But he didn't come over here to get a look as a bullpen guy. We've always seen him as a starter. ... We're going to give David an opportunity to start in that spot."